New T-90M and T-72B3M tanks are on their way to the Russian troops

In a recent update circulated on social media, Uralvagonzavod [UVZ]—a renowned tank manufacturer—announced the shipment of a fresh consignment of T-90M Proriv and T-72B3M tanks. These state-of-the-art battle machines are destined for the Russian army, currently deployed in Ukraine.

New T-90s for Russia: 125mm gun, HE ammo, missiles, space nav
Photo: Uralvagonzavod

The UVZ team is committed to delivering state-of-the-art, trustworthy armored vehicles to our armed forces, encompassing paramount models such as the T-90M Proryv and T-72B3M. These vehicles have been particularly effective in air defense operations. Moreover, the team’s designers and engineers continuously strive to enhance these armored behemoths, informed by insights drawn from their combat experience. Such dedication enables our military personnel to handle their responsibilities, as remarked by the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation and Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov. 

Our recent batch of tanks mirrors one delivered at the close of July this year. While the exact number of armored vehicles dispensed to the army remains undisclosed, Uralvagonzavod maintained this discretion during the July handover as well.

T-90M's thermal camera matrix is Russian-made under French license
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A successful year 2022

Despite considerable tension in the military-industrial sector, Russia appears to be maintaining its resilience. Western sanctions, aimed at creating substantial impacts, seem to have fallen short of their goal when it comes to hindering Russia. In recent days, the nation’s military has welcomed the addition of new 120mm Floks self-propelled howitzers. Furthermore, an additional Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber arrived within the past week, reinforcing Russia’s aerial strength. 

The manufacturing giant, Uralvagonzavod, seems to be thriving amidst these circumstances. In the previous year alone, its output has more than tripled. The increased production has enabled the delivery of cutting-edge T-90M Proryv tanks and advanced T-72B3M tanks, specifically designed for specialized military operations. 

Soviet-era unique T-72M1 tank was spotted near Camp Dodge, Iowa
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Alexander Potapov, the executive director of Uralvagonzavod, affirms the company’s effectiveness in rapidly deploying new military equipment. The excellence of these tanks, used in Russia’s operations in Ukraine post-February 2022, has been particularly noteworthy, as per his statement.

The market is growing

Despite experiencing a slow demand within its domestic market, Uralvagonzavod, the leading tank manufacturer in Russia, is geared up to keep its production rates elevated heading into 2022. This is primarily attributed to the increasing export requests for their T-90s tanks from nations such as Algeria and India. 

When the year 2022 dawned, an unexpected surge was noted in the domestic preference for the newer Advanced Combat Tank T-90M. Reasons for this included the losses on the Ukrainian front of older tank models, along with escalating apprehensions with NATO, which collectively amplified the Russian defense system’s mounting pressures. 

That's why the sanctions don't affect the T-90M tank production
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Highly distinguished personalities in Russia, inclusive of President Vladimir Putin and his predecessor, President Dmitry Medvedev, have sung praises for the globally acclaimed T-90M. Declaring it as the world’s best tank, they revered its superior firepower, ammunition, armor defenses, and top-tier sensor features, all of which have set it a class apart from any other tank models in their national service. 

According to the Kremlin’s ambitions, it is anticipated that the Russian Army will significantly increase its T-90M tanks’ numbers to over 1,000 by 2023, eclipsing the numbers seen between 1992 and 2022. This augmentation will go hand in hand with the induction of modernized models of early-generation tanks, including the revamped T-72B3M and enhanced forms of the T-62 tank.

T-90M and T-72B3M

Despite the T-90M being hailed globally by Russian authorities as the pinnacle of tank technology, its presence in operationally ready orders is somewhat limited compared to other models. The most numerous in the Russian army’s arsenal is, instead, the T-72B3M model. The steady efforts of Uralvagonzavod are reflected in their continuous upgrading of the stored T-72 tanks to the more advanced B3M variant. An intriguing ratio of approximately 1 to 3 exists in the composition of T-72 and T-90 tanks within the army. 

Russia achieved a new level of upgrading the T-72 - it is T-72B4
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Diverging notions abound among Russian military connoisseurs regarding both the penultimate and the very latest [as of today] consignments of these tanks. Some sources suggest a fragment of the T-90M fleet is fitted with the Afganit APS, a colossal triumph in terms of defense capabilities. Moreover, the T-72B3M model has been conferred additional armor as a safety enhancement.

The sanctions and Uralvagonzavod

Reflecting an audacious disregard for Western opinion, Russia’s military-industrial complex, based in Nizhny Tagil, recently exposed snippets of its ceaseless tank manufacturing process via its Telegram account. The captivating video unveils the elaborate artistry required to construct the T-90 and T-90M Proryv tank hulls. 

The footage, disseminated by UralVagonZavod, stands as a striking rebuttal to the anticipated new wave of sanctions from the West. The corresponding statement by the account moderators highlighted their hardened resilience, stating, “There is chatter of impending sanctions. However, such narratives have no bearing on us – we remain committed to our 24/7 operations.” 

New T-90s for Russia: 125mm gun, HE ammo, missiles, space nav
Photo: Uralvagonzavod

The Kremlin brushed off the proposed penalties as “preposterous”, with Kremlin spokesman Mr. Dmitry Peskov commenting: “They [the EU] are seemingly sanctioning everyone merely to fill new rosters. This is simply absurd.” 

Nevertheless, the impact of these sanctions on Russia’s arms production remains a contentious topic. Given Russia’s remarkable reserves of minerals and raw materials, it seems highly capable of withstanding such financial pressures. A more detailed assessment implies that UralVagonZavod is positioned to sustain its top-tier production capabilities, irrespective of sanction impositions.

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