In an interview nedavneshnem own Chief of Land Forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Chirkin, said that "in the combined arms and tank units arrive armored armament and equipment — tanks T-72B1 (2), which represent a deep modernization of the T-72 and T-90 level. "
As you know, T-72B1 — a lightweight and cost-reduced version of the machine, which entered service in 1985 and differs from the modification of the "B" in that it is not mounted on the set of guided weapons. This tank has long been considered obsolete, and make it better try properties already 10 years that way. As for the T-72B2 "Slingshot", it is perhaps the best modification "semdesyatdvoyki." This battle machine passed the tests and was, according to some reports, even recommended to the adoption, but the army was determined to buy new T-90A and to upgrade to a very ordinary level, known as the T-72BA.
Work on an update to the level of BA first more like a complete renovation, because the configuration was very insignificant, and outside this tank can be distinguished from the more of early only by the appearance of new crawler belts.
Since 2003, the T-72BA was introduced unified MTO with a 1,000-horsepower diesel engine V-92S2, a similar setup logistics on the T-90A to equip units of the Russian army. Except motor installed reinforced box, dural radiators with excessive heat dissipation, improved air filtration system.
Were introduced means of infrared camouflage. Chassis improvements increase the dynamic progress of rollers.
Also used brand new system of fire fighting equipment, improved complex communications. The driver was the night the device TVN-5, such as the T-90.
However, modernization of observation and sighting was only up to the level of the latest versions-produced T-72, the creation of which was completed in 1992. The main drawback of T-72BA — this is a very limited ability to act according to his ability NIGHT MODE. For this indicator, the T-72BA falls behind from the same T-90A with an eye teplovizionnnym Essa.
Since last year troops went to newcomer modification of the tank, designated in the media as the T-72BM. This tank is different from the usual "Beshki" that was one of the best sights in the world — "Pine-U", all other properties, including the capacity of the motor (840 hp), remained at the level of the early 90's .
If in troops the truth will machines brought to the level of T-72B2, then we can talk about the real breakthrough in the equipment of our armored divisions.
In the "Rogatka" concentrated all the best output. This latest generation of dynamic protection "Relic", which is able to withstand the most modern anti-tank weapons. Sight "Sosna-U" is equipped with automatic target tracking, it allows the gunner to operate on the principle of "fire / forgotten." It is necessary to find the target, further work automation. A fighter at this time may have to seek other purpose.
Brand new gun with advanced features — 2A46M-5 with a thermal device alignment crimps the barrel, it increases accuracy.
Engine — B-92S2 capacity of 1,000 hp The auxiliary power unit, which provides power to the system tank parked and fighting positions, without the inclusion of the main propulsion system, protects the resource in-92S2 also promotes stealth machine. The work of the driver will facilitate automatic shifting.
Tank management information system is much improved team agility, plus satellite navigation.
It should be noted that for many traits "Slingshot" is not inferior to the T-90A, and in some ways even surpasses, approaching very tightly to the latest version — T-90ms "Tagil." The point, as they say, for small — so these tanks really went to the troops.