Category Archives: Tanks

Russia and Kazakhstan to Modernize T-72 Tanks

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A Russian-Kazakh joint venture established to modernize Soviet-era T-72 tanks and create other armored vehicles on their basis will start work in the next two months, Federal Military and Technical Cooperation Service Deputy Director Konstantin Biryulin said on Friday.

“The production of BMPT-2 tank support combat vehicles is one of the enterprise’s areas of work. In general, it will deal with modernization of the entire fleet of Kazakhstan’s T-72 tanks,” Biryulin said at the Kadex-2014 international armaments exhibition in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

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Russia Ground Troops Receive about 250 Modernized Tanks in 2013

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The Russian Ground Troops have received more than 250 modernized tanks T-72B3 in 2013, spokesman of the country’s Ground Troops Major Kirill Kiselev said.

“The tanks were put into service of multi-service and tank formations in Western and Eastern Military Districts,” he said. “Some part of new military hardware has already been introduced into service and the crews are assigned to it. Before the end of the year about 20 armored vehicles are planned to deliver in the troops,” the spokesman said. “Before putting the tanks T-72B3 into service the command staff of the tank formations passed advanced training for a new type of military hardware at the Omsk affiliate of the Military Academy of Logistics,” Kiselev added.

The latest generation of communication devices, advanced fire control system, a digital ballistic computer, which enables to cut sharply the time of calculations and make them more efficient, are mounted on the tank T-72B3. The thermal sight provides for reliable operation of the targeting devices in any weather regardless the time of day.

More than 600 units of weapons and military hardware were purchased for the Ground Troops this year, Kiselev. The self-propelled howitzers Msta-SM, the tactical missile system Iskander, the tactical air defence missile system TOR-M2U, the self-propelled anti-tank missile system Khrizantema-SM and different communications vehicles – satellite stations, reconnaissance systems, control and communications systems, control centres and radios are among them.

Russian Outdated Tracked Armoured Vehicles to be Replaced

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New BTR-82 armoured personnel carriers and Tigr (Tiger) armoured cars will in the future replace the outdated samples of tracked armoured vehicles in Russia’s Airborne Forces (VDV), Commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov said.

He said he planned next week to visit the KAMAZ plant in Naberezhnye Chelny to get familiarised with new models of wheeled vehicles produced by the plant. “They want to show their new products within the framework of the Typhoon R&D project,” said the VDV commander.

Several airborne units are planned to be transferred to BTR-82, and intelligence units are to be adapted to the Tigr cars. “But their airdrop tests should be carried out yet,” Shamanov said.

According to him, the VDV command will address all of these issues in 2014.

Dmitry Medvedev Gets Sneak Preview of Top Secret Tank

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Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a select group of senior officials got a sneak peek at a secret prototype of the country’s new-generation battle tank in a closed viewing at an arms show in the Urals region.

The new tank, dubbed Armata, is expected to join the military in 2015 and become the core of Russia’s army. The Defense Ministry has said that the Russian army will get 2,300 Armatas by 2020.

Although the new tank remains top secret, its manufacturer Uralvagonzavod has said that its design incorporates elements seen in other projects, including Object 195 and Black Eagle.

The Armata is designed as a modular universal combat platform that could be used as the basis for a variety of combat vehicles, including fire support, mine clearing, heavy flame throwing, and bridge laying vehicles, local media reported citing defense ministry officials.

BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles will Function for a Long Time Yet

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An order for the delivery of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles that the Russian Defense Ministry suspended three years ago over inferior quality will be completed.

The vehicles, manufactured in 2010 at the Kurganmashzavod plant, “were criticized by the Defense Ministry” when they were first made, said Oleg Bochkarev, deputy head of the governmental Military Industrial Commission.

The vehicle has since been modernized and given “a large number of various modifications,” he said, adding that the product is in high demand on foreign markets.

“This equipment will function for a long time yet,” Bochkarev said.

India Ordered Tanks from Rosoboronexport

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The Indian Ministry of Defense’s Council for Arms Procurement has approved an order for the production of an additional 235 Russian-licensed T-90 tanks for the country’s army, according to Indian media.

The assembly of the tanks will be carried out at the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The value of the order is estimated at $950 million.

The first round of T-90 tanks was delivered to India in 2002. Before that, an agreement was reached in 2001 for the licensed production of T-90 tanks in Tamil Nadu. It has also been reported that Russia has offered India the option to overhaul its T-90 models to the more modern T-90MS standard.

According to Viktor Komardin, deputy general director of Rosoboronexport, India has “mastered the licensed production of the Russian T-90M tanks–they keep making them better and better.”

Armata Main Battle Tank to Undergo Testing

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The Russian Ministry of Defence’s  next generation Armata main battle tank prototype is scheduled to undergo testing by November, Russian Tank Forces head Lieutenant General Alexander Shevchenko said.

Shevchenko said that the prototypes will be launched at the biannual Russian Arms Expo, which is due to be held from 25-28 September 2013, followed by testing within a month or two.

Additionally, prototypes for an Armata-based main battle tank, heavy infantry fighting vehicle and armoured recovery vehicle have already been designed and developed.

Armata is a universal combat platform used to develop various armoured vehicles and an unmanned version will also be displayed at the event, Shevchenko added.

Russian Army Received over 100 Tanks in 2013

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Over 100 modernized tanks have entered service with the Russian armed forces in 2013, the Defense Ministry reported, when Russia celebrates Tank Crewmen’s Day.

“The tank forces have received more than 100 modernized tanks this year as part of efforts to implement rearmament plans,” the ministry said in a statement.

“By 2020, the share of modern armored vehicles in the forces should reach 70 percent,” it said.

Russian Defense Ministry Orders $90M Tanker

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The Russian Defense Ministry has announced a tender for the delivery of a fuel tanker with a maximum contract price of 3.08 billion rubles ($90 million).

The Project 23130 medium-sized tanker will be designed to store and transport fuel as well as dry cargo, and provide support to surface ships and submarines in peace time and in wartime.

The tanker should be 130 meters long, 21 meters wide and have a displacement of 14,000 tons. It should have a range of no less than 8,000 nautical miles, a cruising capacity of 60 days before refueling and be operable by a crew of 24.

The tanker is to be delivered before October 2016. Bids will be accepted by September 24.

T-72 Turns 40

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40 years have passed since the day of induction of the T-72 tank into the Soviet Army. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most abundant tank today, T-72 has also been acknowledged as the best tank of the last quarter of the XX century.

This machine served as the base for all the Soviet and later Russian battle tanks right up to and, including T-90.

The prototype of the new machine was the “object 172m”, created by specialists of the Ural Machine Building Design Bureau. This bureau serves even today as the “brain” of tank development in the Urals. With a somewhat simplified design and an engine developed to perfection, this tank was not inferior to the T-64 combat capabilities and also allowed a quickly re-equipment of the army with tanks of a new generation. Of this project was born the tank T-72.

After the collapse of the USSR Russia faced a dilemma – the country was clearly not in a position to support the production of both T-72 and T-80. For the role of the main tank of the Russian army had to choose between the T-90 with improved instruments and the T-80UM. Just as it had happened 20 years earlier in favor of the T-72, the T-90 got the nod owing to its simpler design and lower cost. This tank was finally launched for batch production for the Russian armed forces and was shipped for export. The Indian order at the turn of the 2000s was the only means of supporting the production of this machine.