T-72 MBT Upgraded

T-72 MBT Upgraded 8 September, 2016

Bumar Labedy and OBRUM unveiled a modernisation package for the T-72/PT-91 main battle tank (MBT) at the MSPO defence exhibition held in Poland on 6-9 September. Designating the new version as T-72/PT16, the companies have sought to overcome the main weaknesses of the T-72 MBT family. The T-72/PT-91 has a low power-to-weight ratio, while the asymmetric location of the main gun recoil mechanism negatively affects accuracy. The PT-16, however, has a 1,000-1,200 HP engine, replacing that of the tank developing 850 HP, thus increasing the vehicle’s speed. The new model also features an upgrade to the suspension system for improved mobility. The PT-16 upgrade package also includes replacement of the tank’s 125 mm main armament with a 120 mm/50 calibre smoothbore Slovakian TG MSB 120 gun or a Ukrainian KBM2 gun chambered for 120x570 mm NATO one-piece standard ammunition.  These weapons will be mounted onto a new gun/turret drive stabiliser system. Also armed with a 7.62 mm machine gun and a ZSMU A4 remote-control weapon station, the PT-16 has an additional reactive armour (ERAWA 1/2-type), and an anti-rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) net system.

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