T-72 (Family)

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The T-72 is a Soviet 2nd generation main battle tank put into service in 1971. It served throughout the Cold War and is one of the most produced modern era MBTs at a total of roughly 30,000 units. It still is in active duty in many armies around the world.


Rank VI

  • T-72A - Object 176; baseline T-72 series, later upgraded with appliqué armour, known as "Dolly Patton" in NATO.
  • ◊T-72M1 - Soviet exported or Warsaw-Pact licensed variants to East Germany in the mid-1980s
  • ▄T-72M1 - Exported variants to Finland in 1984.
  • ◔T-72M1 - Exported variants to Hungary.

Rank VII

  • T-72AV (TURMS-T) - T-72A with Kontakt-1 ERA export to Syria with Italian SELEX Galileo FCS.
  • T-72B - Object 184; post-1985 baseline tanks with revised composite armour and FCS, known as "Super-Dolly Patton" in NATO.
  • T-72B (1989) - T-72B with extended composite coverage on turret and upgraded to Kontakt-5 ERA.
  • T-72B3 - Object 184M-3; the current baseline for the T-72B fleet in Russia in early 2010s with ongoing upgrades throughout the decade.
  • T-72M2 Moderna - Planned Slovakian upgrades in 1993 with French FCS, extra firepower and ERA packages.
T-90 (T-72BU)
  • T-90A - Object 188; Russian army version with welded turret, V-92S2 engine and ESSA thermal viewer.
  • T-90S Bhishma TWMP - Export version of the T-90, Designated Bhisma by India (outfitted with Track Width Mine Ploughs (TWMP))


  • T-90M - Proryv-3; Heavily upgraded version of the T-90.


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