T-72B3

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This page is about the Russian medium tank T-72B3. For other versions, see T-72 (Family).
T-72B3
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GarageImage T-72B3.jpg
T-72B3
AB RB SB
10.7 10.7 10.7
Class:
Research:400 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:1 030 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The T-72B3 is a rank VII Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Raining Fire".

General info

Survivability and armour

ERA
Effective action against the cumulative ammunition
Composite armour
Balanced protection against all types of ammunition
Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull105 / 80 / 50
Turret180 / 160 / 65
Crew3 people
Visibility75 %
Vulnerable areas of the T-72B3's frontal profile. The gunner's sight is a risky shot as it has a chance of ricocheting.
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (69°) Front glacis 80 mm (0°) Front

70 mm (0°) Rear

40 mm (30°) Top

40 mm (30°) Center

20 mm (29°) Bottom

30 mm Front

20 mm Engine deck

Turret 585-660 mm Turret front
220-600 mm Gun mantlet
180-240 mm 75-150 mm 45 mm
Cupola 40 mm 40 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB67 / 5 km/h
RB and SB60 / 5 km/h
Number of gears7 forward
1 back
Weight46.0 t
Engine power
AB1 603 hp
RB and SB840 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB34.8 hp/t
RB and SB18.3 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock AoA Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 67 5 46 1 1,302 1603 28.3 34.11
Realistic 60 5 743 840 16.15 17.87

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 270 → 4 065 Sl icon.png
RB3 300 → 5 910 Sl icon.png
SB7 300 → 13 074 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications470 200 Rp icon.png
444 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 030 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 140 / 160 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
7 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
5 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ussr.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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T-72B3 UBH
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_ATGM_ammo_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_3BM42_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

125 mm 2A46M-5 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition45 rounds
First-order22 rounds
Reload7.1 s
Vertical guidance-6° / 13°
Main article: 2A46M-5 (125 mm)

Give the reader information about the characteristics of the main gun. Assess its effectiveness in a battle based on the reloading speed, ballistics and the power of shells. Do not forget about the flexibility of the fire, that is how quickly the cannon can be aimed at the target, open fire on it and aim at another enemy. Add a link to the main article on the gun: {{main|Name of the weapon}}. Describe in general terms the ammunition available for the main gun. Give advice on how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage.

125 mm 2A46M-5 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 45 -6°/+13° ±180° Two-plane __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 7.10 7.10 7.10 7.10
Realistic __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
3BK18M HEATFS 550 550 550 550 550 550
3OF26 HE 42 42 42 42 42 42
3BM22 APFSDS 425 420 415 405 393 380
9M119M1 ATGM (tandem) 850 850 850 850 850 850
3BM42 APFSDS 479 477 470 462 453 445
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
3BK18M HEATFS 905 19 0.05 0.1 2,790 65° 72° 77°
3OF26 HE 850 23 0 0.1 5,240 79° 80° 81°
3BM22 APFSDS 1,760 4.83 N/A N/A N/A 76° 77° 80°
9M119M1 ATGM (tandem) 350 17.2 0.2 0.01 4,720 80° 82° 90°
3BM42 APFSDS 1,700 4.85 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
Ammoracks T-72B.png.png

Ammo racks

Full

ammo

1st

rack empty

2nd

rack empty

3rd

rack empty

4th

rack empty

Visual

discrepancy

45 41 (+3) 34 (+5) 22(+22) (+44) No

Machine guns

12.7 mm 6P50 machine gun
Ammunition300 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
Vertical guidance-4° / 75°
7.62 mm PKT machine gun (coaxial)
Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
12.7 mm 6P50
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 300 (150) 700 -4°/+75° ±180°
7.62 mm PKT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 2,000 (250) 700 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High resolution thermals
  • Great frontal armour, the Relikt ERA is very effective against chemical rounds and can even stop the Italian CL3143 on many parts of the frontal hull
  • Decent side armor with the UBH package, the 4S24 era can stop some HEAT-FS rounds from the side
  • Good selection of shells, including APFSDS, HEAT-FS, HE, and Tandem ATGMs
  • Tandem ATGMs have good penetration, effective against targets that your main shells can't penetrate, or for hullbreaking SPAA and other lightly armoured vehicles
  • Turret armour is very thick, even from the side, due to the ERA
  • Autoloader carrousel is located low on the hull, making it difficult to hit from distance
  • Highly effective HE shell, able to destroy even hull down opponents

Cons:

  • Slow reverse speed
  • 7.1s reload
  • No ammo rack protection, any round that penetrates and hits the ammo rack has a good chance at destroying the vehicle
  • Slow gun handling compared to Western tanks
  • 3 crew members
  • Gun ring and mantlet are still the biggest weakspots
  • Stock mobility is a huge disadvantage when facing other top tier tanks, speed tops at around 35 km/h in rough terrain, although it improves massively when fully upgraded
  • Small size means crew is packed tightly together, an penetrating shell often takes it out in one shot
  • Difficult stock grind, UBH, 3BM42 and engine/transmission upgrades are tier IV modifications.

History

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Media

Skins
Images
Videos

See also

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  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USSR medium tanks
T-28  T-28 · T-28E
T-34-76  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34 (1942) · T-34E STZ · T-34E
T-34-57  T-34-57 · T-34-57 (1943)
T-34-85  T-34-85 (D-5T) · T-34-85 · T-34-85E
T-34-100  T-34-100
T-44  T-44 · T-44-100 · T-44-122
T-54  T-54 (1947) · T-54 (1949) · T-54 (1951)
T-55  T-55A · T-55AM-1
T-62  T-62 · T-62M-1
T-64  T-64A (1971) · T-64B
T-72  T-72A · T-72AV (TURMS-T) · T-72B · T-72B (1989) · T-72B3
T-80  T-80B · T-80U
T-90  Т-90А
Trophies/Lend-Lease  ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"