Soviet-era T-72B3 tank ‘landed’ on the American MaxxPro MRAP

A Soviet-era tank “landed” on a US-supplied MaxxPro MRAP in Ukraine. The incident happened these days in the Zaporizhzhia region. Both vehicles are from the inventory of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Soviet-era T-72B3 tank 'landed' on the American MaxxPro MRAP
Video screenshot

Sources provide different information about the resulting intriguing picture. According to the most credible claim, a Russian Lancet drone attacked the T-72B3 tank. There is no apparent damage to the tank, suggesting that the tank crew tried to escape the attack.

Most likely in the confusion of the Russian attack, the tank made a maneuver. Supposedly a reverse maneuver. Tanka did not see the MaxxPro MRAP moving behind him. Apparently, the distance between the two vehicles was short as the driver of the MaxxPro MRAP was unable to make a sudden maneuver to avoid the collision.

Both vehicles are apparently undamaged, or at least to the extent that, after a short repair, they will be able to return to active service again. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are said to have already taken action to withdraw the tank and the armored vehicle [or have already withdrawn]. Such incidents are rare on the battlefield in Ukraine.

Otherwise, the video shows how the rear of the tank is ‘landed’ on the front of the MaxxPro. The MaxxPro’s cab is actually under the rear of the tank’s chassis, with the tank’s tracks not touching the armored infantry vehicle. However, the T-72B3 gun, which is 125 mm, stuck in the ground, but did not sink. It can be said that it acts as a fulcrum for the tank so that it does not tip over.

T-72B3 tank

The weight of the T-72B3 tank varies depending on the specific configuration and equipment. However, the standard weight of the tank is around 44 tons [88,000 pounds]. The T-72B3 tank is a modernized version of the T-72 tank, which was first introduced in the 1970s. The T-72B3 features improved armor protection and updated technology.

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The tank’s armor is made of composite materials, which provide better protection against anti-tank weapons and other threats. The exact composition of the armor is classified, but it is known to include ceramics and other materials.

Composite armor is made up of layers of different materials, such as ceramics and metals, that work together to provide increased protection against kinetic energy penetrators like armor-piercing rounds. Reactive armor, on the other hand, is designed to detonate when hit by a projectile, reducing the impact of the incoming round.

The T-72B3’s armor is also modular, which means that damaged sections can be easily replaced. This allows the tank to be repaired quickly and efficiently, which is important in combat situations where time is of the essence. In addition to its armor, the T-72B3 is equipped with a range of weapons and systems, including a 125mm smoothbore gun, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun. The tank also has advanced fire control systems and can operate in a variety of environments and conditions.

MaxxPro

On the other hand, the weight of MaxxPro MRAP varies depending on the specific model and configuration. However, the base weight of the vehicle is approximately 38,000 pounds [17,236 kg]. This weight can increase significantly depending on the level of armor and additional equipment added to the vehicle.

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Photo credit: Grippenn

The MaxxPro MRAP is designed to provide superior protection for its occupants, particularly against improvised explosive devices [IEDs] and other explosive threats. To achieve this level of protection, the vehicle is equipped with a V-shaped hull that deflects the blast away from the occupants. The hull is made of high-strength steel and can be further reinforced with additional armor plates.

In addition to its armor, the MaxxPro MRAP is also equipped with other safety features such as blast-resistant seats, energy-absorbing floor mats, and a fire suppression system. These features work together to provide a safe and secure environment for the vehicle’s occupants.

The MaxxPro MRAP uses a combination of steel and ceramic armor to provide protection against ballistic threats, improvised explosive devices [IEDs], and other explosive hazards. The steel armor provides a high level of protection against small arms fire and shrapnel, while the ceramic armor is designed to absorb and dissipate the energy from explosive blasts.

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