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* Autoloader like the T-64
* Autoloader like the T-64
* Good chemical munitions protection with the ERA upgrade
* Good chemical munitions protection with the ERA upgrade
* Has access to thermal vision

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The T-80B is a Rank VI Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.81 "The Valkyries".

The T-80B is visually similar to the T-64B, it retains the same rounded turret, sloped frontal armour and skirted sides, as well as the same jacketed 125 mm smoothbore gun. The turret bears different kit, however, such as the use of rounded storage bins and a snorkel tube. The same NSVT 12 mm machine gun is fitted, but this time it is used with 150-round boxes instead of the 100-round boxes found on the T-64B. The T-80B retains the same rubber-mesh screens covering the upper portion of the tracks. The frontal glacis has an additional 30 mm plate of HHRA welded onto it. This replaces the regular V-shaped “splash plate” found on the T-64B. The primary difference between the T-80B and its predecessor is the significantly improved engine which offers increased mobility.

General info

Survivability and armour

The T-80B encounters the same weaknesses and strengths as the T-64 line does - extremely strong turret cheeks, an average upper front glacis with a large weak spot around the driver's port, and a lack of composite on the lower front plate. It's also vulnerable to the same incoming fire as the T-64B - turret shots will often disable the gun breech; penetrating shots on the hull will often detonate the ammunition in the carousel.

As with the T-64B, the T-80B is best used in hull-down positions where only the turret is exposed - and unlike the T-64B, it has an acceptable reverse speed for utilising cover.


The T-80B has a turbine engine which produces significantly more power than the T-64B's diesel - top speed and manoeuvrability are both improved thanks to this but the most significant change is the acceleration - the T-80B is able to achieve reasonable speeds both off- and on-road and maintain them much better than the T-64B. More importantly, the reverse speed is nearly doubled from the measly 4km/h on the T-64B to 7km/h - still not ideal but a big improvement.

Thanks to the improvements, the T-80B is a much better match for the Abrams/Challenger/Leopard series - it's still not the fastest but it's a much closer race.

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
42.5 0.5 78 (AB)
70 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 1,705 2,099
Realistic/Simulator 973 1,110
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 40.12 48.81
Realistic/Simulator 22.89 25.58


Main armament

Main article: 2A46M-1 (125 mm)
125 mm 2A46M-1
Capacity Vertical
38 -5°/+15° ±180° Two-plane
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 23.0 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 14.0 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
7.10 7.10 7.10 7.10
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
3BM22 APFSDS 425 420 415 405 393 380
3BM42 APFSDS 479 477 470 462 453 445
3BK18M HEATFS 550 550 550 550 550 550
3OF26 HE 42 42 42 42 42 42
9M112 ATGM 650 650 650 650 650 650
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
3BM22 APFSDS 1,760 4.83 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 76° 77° 78°
3BM42 APFSDS 1,700 4.85 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 78° 80° 81°
3BK18M HEATFS 905 19 0.0 0.1 1,754 +0° 65° 72° 75°
3OF26 HE 850 23 0.1 0.1 5,240 +0° 79° 80° 81°
9M112 ATGM 400 27.5 0.1 0.01 3,600 +0° 80° 82° 90°

Optics and Image Intensifiers

T-80B Optics
Type of optic Magnification Night Vision Devices
Image Intensifier Thermal Imager
Resolution Light Mult Noise Level
Gunner's Sight X3.9 - X9 1600 x 1200 9.0 High 500 x 300 Thermal imager unlocked by "NVD Upgrade" mod (tier 4), replaces image intensifier.
Commander's View X6 1600 x 1200 9.0 High Not Fitted Image intensifier unlocked by "NVD" mod (tier 3)
Driver's View X1 800 x 600 5.0 High Not Fitted Image intensifier unlocked by "NVD" mod (tier 3)
T-80B IR Searchlight
Max Range Beam Width Location / Notes
1,400 m 8.2° Searchlight mounted on turret front, just right of the gun. Light moves up and down with main gun.

Machine guns

12.7 mm NSVT
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
300 (150) 700 -10°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm PKT
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,250 (250) 700 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The T-80B should be played like a T-64B, using your powerful gun and decent armour to pick off enemies in the distance. When needed, the T-80B can perform flanking runs with its decent speed. However, the T-80B should not be played like an M1 Abrams, as the tank will explode when anything penetrates your armour.

When playing in large maps such as "Kursk" and "Maginot Line" use the mobility of the T-80B to get into a hull-down position and make use of the T-80B's armament as well as its phenomenal turret armour to pick-off faraway enemy tanks. When playing in small maps such as "Normandy" and "Poland", use the mobility of the T-80B to flank enemy tanks as you would with the "M1 Abrams" or similar western MBT.

Some threats to be worried about:

  • Type 90 can penetrate any part of your tank and any plausible range. So don't get hit by it. The same goes for AMX-40
  • An ATGM will result in an ammunition detonation or crew kill. It is extremely important to get the Kontact-1 ERA modification as soon as possible because those ERA blocks will save you from helicopters. If you do not have the ERA modification, pay attention to the skies, try to maintain some sort of cover, as you will usually have 1-3 seconds of reaction time from detecting an ATGM and getting hit by one.

Pros and cons


  • Very good composite armour
  • Powerful main gun with great stabilizers and accuracy
  • Very good mobility
  • Small vehicle
  • Decent reverse speed of 12 kph
  • Autoloader like the T-64
  • Good chemical munitions protection with the ERA upgrade
  • Has access to thermal vision


  • Same autoloader as the T-64, same rate of fire and weak spot
  • 3 crew member makes it hard to survive on the battlefield
  • Bad gun depression, the generic trouble of Soviet tanks
  • Not a very fast turning turret
  • Lower frontal hull armour devoid of composite armour
  • Breech is easily damaged


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Skins and camouflages for the T-80B from live.warthunder.com.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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External links

USSR medium tanks
T-28  T-28 · T-28E · T-28 (1938)
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"