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.
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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 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 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 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.
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- The T-72B3 has a 3-man crew; Driver, Gunner and Vehicle Commander.
- As with other MBTs and most combat vehicles, the Driver as access to a Smoke Generator for creating smoke screens.
- The 125mm cannon of the T-72B3 can fire a number of different ammunition types ranging from (20) 3BM60 Armor-Piercing Sabot rounds, (10) 3BK29M High Explosive Anti-Tank rounds, (9) 3OF82 fragmentation rounds, and the (2) 9M119M Refleks anti-tank laser-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 with (?) rounds each. 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 T72B3's NSVT does not have a digital rangefinder. The commander can still designate targets for the gunner however.
- The T-72B3 packs a larger gun and is considerably lighter than the M1A2. In comparison to the M1A2, the T72B3 is a much lower profile tank, almost 2/3 the height and weight. This can make the tank easier to hide and retreat into cover because of its lower profile.
- The gun's larger caliber does not result in higher damage per shot; with all tanks being 3000hp and all tank APFSDS doing 800 damage maximum, T-72B3 is at severe disadvantage in a head-on fight.
- The missile is deceptively weak and is thus not a good anti-tank weapon, at least when shooting from front(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 presents a vulnerability with the ammunition stored directly 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.