|This page is about the Russian medium tank T-80BVM. For other versions, see T-80 (Family).|
The T-80BVM is a rank VII Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Red Skies".
Survivability and armour
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 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 penetrating 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 kinetic 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.
- Cast homogenous 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|
- Relict: 20 mm High Hardness Rolled Armour
- Tracks: 20 mm
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)|
Modifications and economy
The T-80BVM has access to the 2A46M-1 125 mm smoothbore main gun. This gun is nothing new in the Russian MBT tree and fires the same ammunition as seen in previous models (darts vary from the T-64A to the rest of the T-64B and T-80 tanks). This can be considered as a pro as all rounds have same handling between series, including the 3BM60 (modern round for the T-90BVM). As all T-64 past T-64A, they are able to fire the 9M119 ATGM from the main gun. However, T-80BVM has access to the 9M119M1, a modernized 9M119 with a tandem charge with slightly reduced speed.
|125 mm 2A46M-1||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
The T-80BVM has access to the same ammunition shown in previous T-64s with exception of the 3BM60. All are capable rounds which are not new and have same handling. Different from past T-80's, the T-80BVM does not get access to 3BM46, the best round in past T-80s.
The 3BK18M is the first round the T-80BVM has access to, it can be considered a mediocre round as most of the enemies which will be faced will be able to withstand it due to composite armour. However, it is particuallary useful when facing light armoured vehicles which are prompt to hull break (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 may not be rendered.
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 weakspots and side shots. 3BM60 however, different from the 3BM42 seen in previous T-80s, has much more penetration (as seen in table) 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°).
The 9M119M1is a tandem version of the previously seen 9M119 SACLOS ATGM in past T-80's. The main upgrade is the tandem charge, everything else remains practically the same with exception of reduction of flight speed.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|38||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
The 12.7 mm NSVT machinegun, 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. The roof-mounted MG allows it to spin a full 180 degrees to the left and right the tank.
|12.7 mm NSVT|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
The coaxial 7.62 mm PKT machinegun 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|
Usage in battles
The T-80BVM has no different playstyle to the T-80U as it has the exact same handling and use. However, the T-80BVM has higher survivability and better ammunition, 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 are 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 plane to take it out. Another option is to use the ATGM or range finder to shoot down the enemy yourself.
Pros and cons
- Armour is superb, most of the hull and turret is immune to all shells in the game, including the dreaded DM53 APFSDS shell utilized by the Leopard 2A6
- Access to the unlockable 3BM60 APFSDS shell with 580 mm of penetration
- Autoloader grants a short and constant reload time
- Relatively low reverse speed, hard to retreat from a threatening situation
- The cramped interior, with the crew placed tightly together, means that the tank is easily disabled if a shot penetrates
- Poor survivability from side shots due to the massive ammunition carousel mounted in the centre of the hull
- Spare ammunition not carried in the autoloader is distributed around the hull and turret - meaning a penetrating shot might ignite a round carried as a spare, setting off the carousel
- Poor gun depression of -5° due to the low turret height. This makes it difficult to shoot over hills and other obstacles, especially on maps with rough terrain
- While the front is covered with ERA, the gaps between ERA plates are weak spots
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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