KYIV, ($1=28.53 Ukrainian Hryvnia) — The main battle tank of the Ukrainian army T-64BV has received updates in recent weeks and is starting tests to verify its effectiveness. The news was announced by the largest state defense company in Ukraine – UkrOboronProm.
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The modernization of the T-64BV was carried out by the Kharkiv Armored Plant, which is part of Ukroboronprom. The tank is now equipped with new third-generation optical and guidance devices, anti-accumulation screens on the stern grille, and rubber shields on the tower. In addition, the fuel system of the combat vehicle has been improved and additional armored protection of the fuel tanks has been installed.
The T-64BV is designed to break through all kinds of fortified enemy positions, as well as for the military support of a mechanized ground army. The tank successfully copes with firing points, armored vehicles, manpower.
Herman Smetanin, director of the Kharkiv Armored Plant, says the updated T-64BV already has state-of-the-art communication systems. Old Russian radio stations have been removed and new navigation systems (internal and external) are in line with NATO standards.
Modernization around old tanks
Ukraine produces a T-84 tank. However, the government decided to upgrade the T-64, as it would be cheaper than the T-84. The T-64 tank is a Russian-Ukrainian production from the Cold War era and the Soviet Union. According to unconfirmed information, just over 2,200 T-64 tanks are in service in the Ukrainian ground forces. The government has decided that at least 100 of these 2,200 tanks need to be upgraded to the T-64BV version.
This modernization started in 2017. In addition to the latest upgrades, over the years the tank has received NBC protection, passive and explosive jet armor, automatic fire extinguishing systems. Attention was also paid to the propulsion, as the T-64BV received an engine with 850 horsepower.
However, the new engine failed to solve some of the tank’s problems. It is still relatively slow and less maneuverable. The reason: the new engine failed to compensate for the increased weight of the additional bumper.
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In recent years, Kyiv has lost a significant number of tanks during battles against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, Donbas, and Luhansk. Despite upgrades that increase survival, the outdated design significantly limits the capabilities of the T-64.
The T-64 is expected to face serious problems against modern Russian anti-tank portable missile systems. The fate of the T-64 will be the same if it faces a direct battle against the T-80 BVM and T-90 of the Russian ground forces.
If a collision occurs, the T-64 will have many tasks to solve, but it will not have the ability to do so. Losses of the T-64 are expected.
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