SpetsTechnoExport, part of the Ukrainian State Concern Ukroboronprom, presented a new upgrade program of T-72 battle tanks at the DefExpo 2020 exhibition in Lucknow, India.
The implementation of the upgrade program will give a new life to T-72 tanks. It provides proven increased transmission systems, increased firepower, protection systems, improved electrical power, navigation systems, and amended ergonomics.
The increase of vehicle mobility performance and reverse transmission is obtained by replacement of the previous model of engine to a unique six-cylinder 1,200hp 6TD-2 engine that was verified in dry heat conditions and mountainous terrain and has increased level of service life. It also provides the capability to set an additional diesel-electric power unit with a capacity up to 10kW and a complex digital control system.
To enhance firing there was made a replacement of missile using the Kombat Missile, setting new electro-optical converters, implementing upgraded systems of stabilization and fire-control. Other enhancements include Nizh (also called Nozh) and Duplet explosive reactive armor (ERA) elements, and Zaslon active protection systems. In addition, T-72 tank is equipped with KTR air conditioning.
In general, the upgrade incorporates enhancements that include more than 40 parts and other tank aggregates.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine recently got its T-72 AMT tanks upgraded which were developed and produced at Kyiv Armored Plant.