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The T-72 is a main battle tank in Squad. First entering service with the Soviet Army in 1973, the T-72 has since become one of the most widely-produced and widely-exported post-World War II tanks. After the Soviet Army's dissolution in 1991, its successor, the Russian Ground Forces, adopted the T-72 along with newer main battle tank models.
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The T-72 is a second-generation main battle tank that entered production in 1971. It was designed by Uralvagonzavod from 1967 to 1973. The T-72 entered service in the Soviet Army in 1973 and was widely produced and exported, with more than 25,000 units seeing service in 40 countries. The Russian Ground Forces continuously updated and modernized the T-72 main battle tanks, producing several variants of it until the T-14 Armata entered service. Other operators of the T-72 have also created their own variants.
Considerably lighter than the M1A2, the T-72 (as the T-72B) weighs 44.5 tonnes (49.1 short tons). It is 9.53 m (31 ft 3 in; including main gun length) long, 3.59 m (11 ft 9 in) wide, and 2.23 m (7 ft 4 in) tall. The T-72 is operated by three crew members. The T-72 has stronger armor than its Soviet main battle tank predecessors as well as a powerful 125 mm (4.9 ins) 2A46 series main gun, larger than that of Western main battle tanks. The T-72 can go up to a speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).
The T-72B variant entered service with Russia in 1985 and underwent numerous modifications over the years, one of the most recent of which is the T-72B3 which entered service in 2013. The modernization program brings the tank’s performance near that of the T-90A at a significantly lower cost allowing T-72B3 modernization to replace T-90A production. The outcome of the endeavor is increased firepower, a minor improvement in mobility, and no significant changes to survivability.
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- The T-72B3 has a 3-man crew; Driver, Gunner and Vehicle Commander.
- As with other MBTs and most fighting vehicles, the Driver has access to an engine smoke generator for creating smoke screens.
- The 125mm cannon of the T-72B3 can fire a variety of different ammunition types including the (20) 3BM60 armor-piercing sabot rounds, (10) 3BK29M high explosive anti-tank rounds, (9) 3OF82 fragmentation rounds, and the (2) 9M119M Refleks ant-tank guided missile. In addition to its main gun, the gunner has a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun with 2,000 rounds and smoke grenade launchers with 2 charges.
- The Vehicle Commander has access to an NVST 12.7mm heavy machine gun with 2 ammo boxes. The T-72B3 does not have an RWS (Remote Weapon System) for the commander's machine gun meaning that, unlike the M1A2's M2A1, the T-72B3's NSVT does not have a digital rangefinder. The commander can still designate targets for the gunner with the hunter-killer function, however.
- The T-72B3 packs a larger gun and is considerably lighter than the M1A2. In comparison to the M1A2, the T-72B3 has a significantly smaller profile at only 2/3 the height and weight of the Abrams This makes the T-72B3 more concealable and easier to retreat in.
- The gun's larger caliber does not result in higher damage per shot, however, with all tanks being 3000hp and all tank APFSDS rounds doing 800 damage maximum, the T-72B3 is at a significant disadvantage in a head-on fight. The limited gun depression of the main gun compared to its counterparts exacerbates this tactical disadvantage.
- The overall mobility of the T-72B3 is average while the reverse speed of the vehicle is poor at best. Tankers should avoid entering engagements where rapid withdrawals are needed and instead focus on attempting to fire first in a duel and aiming for weaknesses.
- The gun-launched missile is deceptively weak and is thus not a good anti-tank weapon, at least when shooting at the front of enemy tanks (penetration value is 500 like BMP-1/2 ATGMs, which means they cannot penetrate lower glacis of M1A2 at any range).
- The T-72B3's 125mm cannon is fed by an autoloader. It is slightly slower than a human loader (of which M1A2 is the fastest at 6s per reload vs. 8s of T-72B3 and CR2), and also creates a large vulnerability with the ammunition stored below the turret. There is no audible voice line when the gun is loaded, but audio cues of the rounds being loaded are still present alongside the light on the gunner's sight indicating that the gun is empty/reloading and ready to fire. Do keep in mind that because of the design of the carousel autoloader, the ammunition charges are not placed vertically, but horizontally. This means that the ammunition weakspot is located toward the bottom half of the hull.
- The design of the turret makes the turret cheeks nearly invulnerable to anti-tank fire at any range. Similarly, the aggressively sloped upper front plate (UFP) of the tank makes the front hull difficult to penetrate if the T-72B3 is in a slightly elevated position. To ensure a successful penetration at all ranges, tankers should prioritize engaging the gun mantlet (where the gun meets the turret) and the lower glacis. At shorter engagement ranges, however, the UFP can be easily penetrated. A well-placed shot right below the driver's view port from the front will usually result in ammunition detonation.