T-72

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T-72
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Vehicle Info
 Operators  Russian Ground Forces
 Maps Available  TBA

The T-72 is a main battle tank in Squad. Adopted by the Soviet Army in 1973, the T-72 became 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, had used the T-72 in its arsenal along with its newer main battle tank series.[1]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

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General information[edit | edit source]

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 massively produced and exported, counting up to more than 25,000 units and saw service in 40 countries. The Russian Ground Forces, the successor of the Soviet Army, continuously updated and modernized the main battle tank into several variants until the T-14 Armata entered service. Other countries who imported the T-72 also created variants of the tank as well.

Considerably lighter than the M1 Abrams, 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 in) 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 price 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.

MODIFICATIONS (not an all inclusive list):

  1. The adoption of the Sosna-U stabilized multichannel gunner’s sight (Belarus) incorporated with a Thales Catherine-FC (France) compact thermal imager (both produced in Russia under license) provides a considerable improvement in firepower and may also be employed by the commander. They allow for the removal of the searchlight from the right of the main gun.
  2. A digital ballistic computer and wind sensor allow for faster and more effective fire engagements.
  3. 2A46M-5 main gun which originally entered service on T-72 series models in 2005 and reduces dispersion of rounds, increases range while firing on the move, and improves accuracy.
  4. Upgrading the commander's sight to the TKN-3MK which has a newer generation image intensifier (night vision).
  5. Two additional sections of Kontakt-5 ERA were added, one on each side of the main gun.

The T-72B3 model 2016, also known as the T-72B3 with additional armor, entered service with Russia in 2016 and replaced the standard T-72B3 modernization program.[2] It was subsequently adopted for service with Belarus in 2017.[3]

ARMAMENT:

Weapon Model Caliber Basic load
Main Gun 2A46M-5 125-mm 41 rounds (all types)
ATGM Complex 9K119M 125-mm
Anti-Aircraft/Heavy Machinegun NSVT* 12.7x108-mm 300 rounds
Coaxial Mounted Machingun PKTM 7.62x54R-mm 2000 rounds

*Late production models may include the newer Kord (6P51).

RANGES:

Direct fire
HEAT Rounds 1000-m[4]
APFSDS Rounds 2120-m[4]
MAX AIMED RANGE Day Channel Thermal Channel
HEAT & APFSDS 4000-m[4] 4000-m (estimated)
ATGM 5000-m[4] 5000-m (estimated)
HEF 9600-m[4] 7500-m[4]
MACHINEGUNS Ground Targets* Air Targets
NSVT or Kord 2000-m 1500-m Max aimed range
PKTM 2000-m 1500-m Max aimed range
PKTM Aimed fire range against personnel.
- Center mass point of aim 440-m
- Running targets 670-m

*Against tank sized targets (2-m high).

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The T-72 is represented by its modernized variant, the T-72B3, in Squad and is operated by the Russian Ground Forces.

  • The T-72B3 packs a larger gun and is considerably lighter than the M1 Abrams. In comparison to the Abrams, the T72B3 is a much lower profile tank, almost 2/3rds the height and weight.
  • The T-72B3 has a 3-man crew (Driver, Gunner and Vehicle Commander).
  • The 125mm cannon of the T-72B3 can fire a dizzying array of different ammunition types ranging from armor-piercing sabot rounds to high explosive anti-tank, anti-infantry fragmentation rounds, and even the 9M119M Refleks anti-tank laser-guided missile. In addition to this large arsenal to its main gun, the gunner has the usual 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun and smoke grenade launchers.
  • The T-72B3's cannon is fed by an autoloader. It is slightly slower than a human loader, and also presents a vulnerability with the ammunition stored directly below the turret.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://joinsquad.com/readArticle?articleId=289
  2. In the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District, entered the next batch of modernized combat tanks T-72B3. May 15, 2017. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Retrieved March 11, 2018 from https://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/[email protected]
  3. The new batch of modernized T-72B3 tanks is put into service by the Belarusian Army. June 2, 2017. Belarus Telegraph Agency (BelTA). Retrieved March 10, 2018 from http://www.belta.by/society/view/novaja-partija-+modernizirovannyh-tankov-t-72b3-postavlena-na-vooruzhenie-belorusskoj-armii-250776-2017/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 T-72B3 Infographic, 2017. TASS News Agency. Editors: Roman Azanov, Sabina Vakhitova, Dmitry Reshetnikov. Retrieved January 20, 2018 from http://tank72.tass.ru

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