23 T-90M tanks sent to Russians, UVZ continues to spit out ‘nineties’

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Uralvagonzavod [UVZ] continues to “spit out” tanks for the Russian army. A new batch of 23 modernized T-90M Proryv tanks was delivered to the Central Military District, a press release from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported. It is noteworthy that this is the first time in 2024 that the number of tanks has been officially announced. 

Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov

The delivery was made on May 15. This delivery comes just 10 days after another delivery of the same tank model. At the time, the number of tanks delivered was not announced, but judging by the photos released, we can assume that it is close to the current amount. We remind you that, at first glance, from the video footage released on May 6, about 10-11 T-90M Proryv tanks could be counted. 

Uralvagonzavod is clearly working at full speed, as another batch of tanks for the Russian army was produced in March. The quantity was again not announced. However, this batch was accompanied by a musical concert organized by the management of the Nizhny Tagil plant for its workers.

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The delivery of a third batch of tanks in just two-and-a-half months confirms the intelligence claim to Britain’s Ministry of Defense that Russia’s weapons complex is capable of meeting domestic demand for tanks amid the war with Ukraine. According to their data, as many tanks as the Russian army loses at the front every month, Moscow provides them back to the front. 

Upgraded tanks

Of course, not all tanks are brand new production, as Ukrainian analysts claim. According to them, and we can agree with such a statement, a significant part of the newly delivered tanks are upgraded versions of part of the stock quantities of the tank factories in the Russian Federation. There are dozens of satellite images capturing the scale of these warehouses and the speed with which they are gradually being emptied. We are only talking about open warehouses here. There is no exact information on how many tanks the Russian Federation has stored in the covered warehouses.

Photo by Samil Ritdikov

According to Ukrainian reports from the country’s military department, fighting continues along the front line. Russia is losing units of combat equipment on the front every day. The same can be said about the armed forces of Ukraine. But unlike Moscow, Kyiv does not yet have the capabilities to rely on its weapons complex commensurate with Russia’s. This leads to greater losses for the Ukrainian army in terms of tanks. 

Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the T-90M tank the best in the world. However, the combat capability of the tank does not differ significantly from its Western competitors, which are deployed in Ukraine. The T-72, T-80, T-90M, Abrams 1, Leopard 1/2, and Challenger 2 tanks are helpless against both Western and Russian anti-tank systems and anti-tank mines. “Metal burns the same for everyone,” a Russian military expert once said. 

The Proryv

Photo: Uralvagonzavod

The T-90M Proryv is an advanced variant of the T-90 main battle tank, developed by Russia. It represents a significant upgrade over its predecessors, incorporating modern technology and enhanced combat capabilities. The T-90M is designed to improve survivability, firepower, and mobility on the battlefield.

The dimensions of the T-90M “Proryv” include a length of approximately 9.63 meters [31.6 feet] with the gun forward, a width of 3.78 meters [12.4 feet], and a height of about 2.22 meters [7.3 feet]. These dimensions allow the tank to maneuver effectively in various combat scenarios while providing a compact and robust profile. 

The T-90M “Proryv” is equipped with a variety of advanced systems and components. It features a new turret design with improved armor protection, a Relikt explosive reactive armor [ERA] system, and a modernized autoloader. The tank also includes an upgraded powerplant, which enhances its mobility and operational range. 

Photo credit: comp-pro.ru

The fire control system of the T-90M “Proryv” is state-of-the-art, incorporating the Kalina integrated fire control system. This system includes a multi-channel sighting system, thermal imaging, laser rangefinder, and ballistic computer. These components work together to provide accurate targeting and engagement capabilities, even in challenging conditions.

T-90M’s firepower

The main gun of the T-90M Proryv is a 125mm 2A46M-5 smoothbore cannon. This gun is capable of firing a variety of ammunition types, including armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot [APFSDS] rounds, high-explosive anti-tank [HEAT] rounds, and high-explosive fragmentation [HE-FRAG] rounds. The autoloader system allows for a high rate of fire and reduces the crew’s workload. 

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In addition to its main gun, the T-90M Proryv is equipped with secondary armament to enhance its combat effectiveness. This includes a coaxial 7.62mm PKTM machine gun and a roof-mounted 12.7mm Kord heavy machine gun. These secondary weapons provide additional firepower against infantry, light vehicles, and low-flying aircraft. 

The visible shells used by the T-90M Proryv include various types of 125mm ammunition. APFSDS rounds are designed to penetrate heavy armor, HEAT rounds are effective against both armored and unarmored targets, and HE-FRAG rounds are used for anti-personnel and anti-material purposes. These diverse ammunition types ensure the T-90M can engage a wide range of targets effectively.


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