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T-80BVM
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T-80BVM
AB RB SB
11.0 11.0 11.0
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Description

The T-80BVM is a rank VII Russian medium tank with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Red Skies".

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
Self-entrenching equipment
Creation of ramparts and trenches in soft ground
Armourfront / side / back
Hull105 / 80 / 50
Turret180 / 160 / 65
Crew3 people
Visibility79 %

The armour protection of the T-80BVM is one of the best, especially if the incoming round hits one of the Relikt ERA plates which are twice as effective as CONTACT-5 ERA against kinetic projectiles (meaning that the Leopard 2A6, one of the most dangerous opponents, cannot easily penetrate the UFP). The strongest parts of the tank are the turret front and a majority of the upper front plate. It does, however, have some weaker areas, the most important being the driver's hatch, the immediate areas of the turret surrounding the gun and its breech, and its lower frontal plate. These weak spots are however pretty small targets at range, and thus by hiding them properly, the risk of being hit can be minimized. Owing to its very low profile, a hull-down T-80BVM is a small target in itself; the weaker parts of its armour are even smaller.

Fuel tanks on either side of the driver can soak up some shrapnel and add to the overall survivability. However, as with all Russian auto-loaded MBTs, there are only three crew members so a well-placed shot is capable of causing a crew knock-out. It's also worth noting that the placement of the ammo rack, below the turret in a carousel-style setup, leaves the T-80BVM particularly vulnerable to side shots causing ammunition detonation. The protection of the T-80BVM is very similar to the T-80U in terms of the size and placement of the weak areas. The sides of your tank should always be protected, and when engaging an enemy, your front armour should always be aligned directly towards him to reduce the risks of a shot tearing through your weaker side. The tank does, however, have some Relikt ERA plates on its upper front skirts, meaning that you have some extra protection against KE penetrators, and a lot against chemical shells, until the ERA bricks are detonated (leaving the area vulnerable for another hit).

As mentioned above, the T-80BVM also benefits from the typical low silhouette Russian tankers will be accustomed to, with the vehicle being significantly smaller than its competitors. This allows the T-80BVM to be hidden behind small terrain deformities which other MBTs would otherwise be visible. It's also harder for an enemy tank commander to immediately tell which area is the most vulnerable.

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armor
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (68°) 80 mm Top
20 mm Bottom
50 mm 20-30 mm
Turret Variable thickness Turret front
Variable thickness Gun mantlet
Variable Thickness Variable Thickness 30-45 mm
Cupola 80 mm 80 mm 80 mm 45 mm

Notes:

  • Relict: 20 mm High Hardness Rolled Armour
  • Tracks: 20 mm

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 13 km/h
RB and SB70 / 11 km/h
Number of gears9 forward
1 back
Weight46.0 t
Engine power
AB2 385 hp
RB and SB1 250 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB51.8 hp/t
RB and SB27.2 hp/t

Overall mobility is exactly the same as the T-80U, meaning it can easily keep up with most top-tier MBTs.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 78 13 46 1937 2385 42.11 51.85
Realistic 70 11 1106 1250 24.04 27.17

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 690 → 3 160 Sl icon.png
RB3 430 → 6 414 Sl icon.png
SB10 380 → 19 410 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications473 700 Rp icon.png
468 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 060 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 140 / 170 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
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450 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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450 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
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330 Ge icon.png
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Dozer Blade
Research:
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Cost:
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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410 Ge icon.png
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ESS
Research:
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Cost:
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Additional ERA Package
Research:
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Cost:
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_ATGM_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
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450 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_3BM42_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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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-1 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
Ammunition38 rounds
First-order28 rounds
Reload6.5 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 15°
Main article: 2A46M-1 (125 mm)

The T-80BVM has access to the 2A46M-1 125 mm smoothbore main gun. This gun fires the same ammunition as previous T-64 and T-80 models. The projectiles include the 3BM60 (modern round for the T-90BVM) and the 9M119M1, a modernized 9M119 with a tandem charge and a slightly reduced speed.

125 mm 2A46M-1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 38 -5°/+15° ±180° Two-plane 38.1 52.7 64.0 70.8 75.3 6.50 6.50 6.50 6.50
Realistic 23.8 28.0 34.0 37.6 40.0

Ammunition

The T-80BVM has access to capable rounds, able to destroy any enemy tank or vehicle it faces at the battle rating. The T-80BVM has access to the powerful 3BM60 Svinets-2 APFSDS.

3BK18M, HEAT-FS - The 3BK18M is one of the first rounds the T-80BVM has access to, it can be considered a mediocre round for close to medium range as most of the enemies which will be faced will be able to withstand it due to composite armour. However, it is particularly useful when facing light armoured vehicles which are prompt to overpressure (SPAA, light tanks, etc) and useful when facing enemy helicopters as it has enough explosive mass and flight speed to be competitive as last resort. As a hollow charge, it is prompt to detonate mid air due to trees, bushes and fences. This makes the round difficult to use when in long range engagements as some field elements (forage, objects, etc.) may not be rendered and the round's velocity make aiming harder.

3OF26, HE-FS - A familiar and useful stock round of 125 mm gun, the 3OF26 pack big amount of explosive filler that can kill light vehicles and overpressure hull down MBT with precision shots. As a high explosive, it is prompt to detonate mid air due to trees, bushes and fences. Its suitable for close range combat and terrain with less trees and bushes.

3BM42, 3BM60, APFSDS - The T-80BVM has access to 2 types of APFSDS: the 3BM42 and 3BM60. The 3BM42 is a decent round with decent penetration and stopping power. While it lacks penetration to penetrate Leopard 2 tanks, Leclercs or M1A1/2 turret plates, it has enough penetration to hit and cause critical damage in weak spots and side shots. The 3BM60 however, different from the 3BM42, has much more penetration which can penetrate all tanks from all sides (be aware of Leopard 2 turret wedges and firing at M1A2 turret with an obliquity greater than 45°).

9M119M1, ATGM (tandem) - The 9M119M1 is a tandem version of the previously seen 9M119 SACLOS ATGM. The main upgrade is the tandem charge, everything else remains practically the same with exception of reduction of flight speed.

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
3BM42 APFSDS 457 454 445 431 419 406
9M119M1 ATGM (tandem) 850 850 850 850 850 850
3BM60 APFSDS 580 576 567 555 543 532
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°
3BM42 APFSDS 1,700 4.85 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
9M119M1 ATGM (tandem) 400 17.2 0.4 0.01 4,720 80° 82° 90°
3BM60 APFSDS 1,660 5.12 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
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Machine guns

Ammunition300 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 60°
Ammunition1 250 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min

The 12.7 mm NSVT machine gun, seen on all previous Soviet MBTs, can help take out some lightly armoured vehicles from the side as well as to destroy low-flying aircraft and helicopters.

12.7 mm NSVT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 300 (150) 700 -5°/+60° ±180°

The coaxial 7.62 mm PKT machine gun however is lacking against enemy vehicles, it still can mow down some small bushes and fences to provide better view or use it to help pin enemies.

7.62 mm PKT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,250 (250) 700 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The T-80BVM has a higher protection and better ammunition than the T-80U, meaning it is able to hold much more fire and deal more damage with the Svinets APFSDS than with the Mango APFSDS. The most dangerous enemy to the T-80BVM is helicopters, although the Relikt will usually protect against one or two missiles. However, it is still ERA, and will be blown off after it is detonated. Since the interior of the tank is so compact, this makes it easy for good pilots to knock you out in 2-3 rapid missile shots. To avoid helicopters, stay close to buildings or hide next to trees/large bushes and wait for an anti-air vehicle or a plane to take it out. Or use the ATGM or range finder to shoot down the enemy yourself.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Equipped with composite armour and Relikt ERA, protection and survivability is superb from the front, especially when hull down
  • UBH upgrade enables increased side protection on the hull and turret
  • Vastly improved gun handling compared to the T-80U
  • Access to the powerful 3BM60 APFSDS shell
  • Autoloader grants a short and constant reload time
  • Most of the rounds are placed in the autoloader which helps the tank stay in active combat longer
  • Good mobility

Cons:

  • Base armor is identical to the T-80B
  • While the front is covered with ERA plates, gaps between plates present small weak spots
  • A tightly packed crew in a cramped interior means low survivability in case of a successful penetration
  • Poor gun depression of -5° due to the low turret height, making it difficult to perform well in hilly terrain
  • High ammo rack detonation hazard from side shots due to the vertical ammunition carousel in the centre of the hull
  • Relatively low reverse speed, hard to fall back when flanked or damaged

History

The T-80BVM is a current program for the Russian army in the modernization of Soviet T-80BV tanks to the level of the T-72B3 and T-90M main battle tanks, as well as unification with them. The modernization includes an up-to-date fire control system with a duplicate sight for the commander, and the ability to operate the 9M119 tandem ATGMs, as well as the "Relikt" ERA pack instead of outdated "Kontakt-1". Thanks to the latter, the protection of the vehicle from HEAT and AP projectiles was significantly increased.

The modernization of the T-80BVM takes place at the facilities of the Omsk heavy machinery plant (Omsktransmash) and enter service with units of the marines and motorized infantry of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

- Taken from Devblog.

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See also

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External links


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