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The T-80U is a rank VII Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). This medium tank was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".
Survivability and armour
The armour protection of the T-80U is exceptional, especially if the incoming round hits one of the contact-5 ERA plates. The strongest parts of the tank are the turret front and a majority of the upper front plate. Weak areas include the lower front plate, driver view port, and cannon breach area. These weak spots can be very difficult to hit from medium and further distance ranges and even more so if the T-80U is hull down.
Full tanks on either side of the driver can soak up some shrapnel and add to the overall survivability. Although, there are only three crew members (driver, gunner, and commander) one well-placed shot can quickly disable this vehicle and put it out of commission for the rest of the match. Another thing to note is the placement of the ammo rack, the shells are placed vertically in a ring below the turret and since this vehicle is relatively small it is easy to detonate the ammo even if you limit the amount you take into battle. The protection of the T-80U is very similar to the T-64B in terms of the size of the weak areas.
The mobility of the T-80U is actually superior to the T-80B despite weighing three tons more. This is due to the improved engine inside the T-80U which has a stock engine power of 1,106 hp and goes up to 1,250 hp once the appropriate modules have been researched. It has a maximum speed of 43 mph (69 kph) forward and 6 mph (9.7 kph) in reverse. The one downside is the traverse in neutral, taking around 19 seconds for a full 360° spin, but this can be greatly reduced if the tank is already in at least in 3rd gear.
|125 mm 2A46M-1|
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|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
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|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
Ammunition[edit | edit source]
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Only First Stage:28-20
|12.7 mm NSVT|
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|7.62 mm PKT|
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Usage in battles
Learning to use terrain to hide the lower front plate and hull if possible is key to surviving. Like any other tank at the top tier, do not let enemies see your side armour. This is especially true for the T-64/T-80 line since their ammo is stored vertically and makes it very easy to hit. Since the Russian MBT's are relatively small, something which you can also do is use teammates as cover.
The T-80U is a fantastic sniper due to the great penetration and small turret, so that is also a viable option as long as you keep your eyes open on your flanks. The most dangerous enemy to the T-80U are helicopters, although the contact-5 will usually protect against one missile, 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 plane to take it out. Another option is to use the ATGM or range finder to shoot down the enemy yourself.
Pros and cons
This vehicle is more difficult to use over something like the Leopard 2A5, but can be just as effective if put in the right scenario.
- Effective armour
- High penetrating round
- Proficient acceleration and speed
- Low silhouette
- Easy to weak spots at close range
- Poor survivability from side shots
- Relatively low reverse speed
Work on improving the existing T-80 MBT begun as early as the mid-1970s with the design bureau in Leningrad. Here, developers were responsible for the production of the T-80 and started working on a joint project to further enhance the T-80’s capabilities.
In the early 1980s, the first prototypes were being built and after extensive testing and design tweaking, the new tank was considered ready for production. The resultant tank was accepted by the Soviet military under the designation T-80U.
The T-80U received turret and upper frontal enhancements as part of its new construction along with being equipped with a second generation ERA protection system known as Kontakt-5. In contrast to the previous generation of dynamic protection, Kontakt-5 increased the tank's protection against HEAT and armour-piercing shells. The modifications also affected the armament of the tank - the T-80U is equipped with a new 1A45 fire control system and Reflex ICBM, which used more advanced 9M119 guided missiles. Subsequently, the tank was equipped with a new, more powerful GTD-1250 gas turbine engine which helped compensate for the increased weight of the vehicle and improved its dynamics.
The T-80U had been factory produced in Leningrad in 1987, but in 1989, its production was moved to Omsk. Work on upgrading the T-80 was carried out in Kharkov, but there, they constructed their own vehicle equipped with a diesel engine, which was designated ‘T-80UD’. The latter would evolve into further developed Ukrainian derivatives of the T-80.
T-80Us served with the Soviet military until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and have since continued serving with the Union’s successor states to this day. The vehicle also saw service abroad with some other countries as well, primarily with South Korea and Cyprus. Overall, around 700 T-80Us have been produced since 1985, but this vehicle has yet to be put into any actual combat situations.
- From Devblog
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|USSR medium tanks|
|T-28||T-28 · T-28E|
|T-34-76||T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 1941 (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-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 · IT-1|
|T-64||T-64A (1971) · T-64B|
|Trophies/Lend-Lease||▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2|