Saturday, March 21, 2009

Russian's T-90 Tank

"Vladimir" main battle tank T90, the latest modern tank in the Russian army arsenal, went into low-level production in 1993, based on a prototype designated as the T-88. The T-90 was developed by the Kartsev-Venediktov Design Bureau at the Vagonka Works in Nizhny Tagil. Initially seen as an entirely new design, the production model is in fact based on the T-72BM, with some added features from the T-80 series. The T-90 features a new generation of armor on its hull and turret. Two variants, the T90 S and T90 E, have been identified as possible export models.

T90 Length: 9.53 m

T90 Width: 3.78 m

T90 Height: 2.225 m

T90 Weight: 46.5 t

T90 Speed: 70 km/h (road)45 km/h (off-road)

T90 Range: 550 km

Primary armament: 125 mm smoothbore gun, firing APFSDS, HEAT-FS, HE-frag-FS, and 9K 120 Refleks ATGM

Secondary armament: 7.62 mm machinegun in coaxiall mount12.7 mm anti-aircraft mg
Crew: 3

Plans called for all earlier models to be replaced with T-90s by the end of 1997, subject to funding availability. By mid-1996 some 107 T-90s had gone into service in the Far Eastern Military District.

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