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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

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



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


Main armament

Main article: 2A46M-5 (125 mm)

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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 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
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
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
3BK18M HEATFS 905 19.0 0.05 1 2,790 65° 72° 77°
3OF26 HE 850 23.0 0.1 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°

Ammo racks

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Machine guns

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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Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive 3BM22
II Suspension Brake System FPE NVD Adjustment of Fire Laser rangefinder
III Filters Crew Replenishment Smoke grenade Elevation Mechanism 9M119M1
IV Transmission Engine ESS T-72B3 UBH Artillery Support 3BM42

Pros and cons


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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
  • Like all other top rank Soviet/Russian MBTs, it is considerably slower than almost all the Western tanks, even the Challenger 2
  • Small size means crew is packed tightly together, an penetrating shell often takes it out in one shot


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See also

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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"