Refitted and firing with depleted uranium – Russia gets new tanks

MOSCOW ($1=60.20 Russian Rubles) — Despite Western economic sanctions imposed on Russia, a new batch of tanks has been delivered to the Russian army. These are refurbished, deeply modernized T-80BVMs. On September 30, Omsktransmash reported that it had exceeded the delivery time, but did not say what quantity it had delivered.

Refitted and firing with depleted uranium - Russia gets new tanks - T-80BVM
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From the statement and the released video, it is clear that a train set loaded with T-80BVM will make the delivery. Omsktransmash reports that the executed order is part of a government order. The Russian Railways Plant, part of UralVagonZavod, announced that the tanks had passed tests. The press service of the plant does not give details about the extent of the modernization.

The T-80 is one of the most produced Russian tanks. According to open sources, over 10,000 tanks have been produced to date. The latest version, the T-80BVM was developed precisely at Omsktransmash. The penultimate version of the T-80 dates back to 1985 – the T-80BV. According to statements in some Russian media, the T-80BVM has improved firepower, fire control system and mobility.

T-80BVM modernization

The modernization of the T-80BVM was announced in 2017. The tank gun is new – 125mm 2A46M-5. The tank’s gas turbine engine has also been modernized. It is different for different versions. For example, an SG-1000 gas turbine engine powers the T-80B version, a GTD-1250 turbine engine powers the T-80U. It is assumed that the GTD-1250 is the basis on which the engines of the T-80BVM were modernized. This engine continues to deliver 1,250 horsepower.

Omsktransmash have increased the ammunition used by the T-80BVM. Today this tank, says Omsktransmash, fires both the 3BM59 APFSDS depleted uranium projectile and the 3BM60 tungsten ammunition. Another part of the upgrade plan includes modular dynamic protection and an anti-cumulative grid screen.

Two years ago, Moscow ordered 50 units of T-80BVM for delivery to the Russian army. Only nearly two months ago, Moscow placed a new order, but it was for the modernization of 50 T-80BV tanks to the T-80BVM standard.

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