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General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
79 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
105 / 80 / 50Hull
180 / 160 / 65Turret
46.0 tWeight
2 385 hp1 250 hpEngine power
52 hp/t27 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
77 km/h forward
12 km/h back
69 km/h forward
10 km/h back
125 mm 2A46M-1 cannonMain weapon
45 roundsAmmunition
28 roundsFirst-order
6.5 sReload
-5° / 15°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm NSVT machine gunMachinegun
300 roundsAmmunition
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
700 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 60°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm PKT machine gunCoaxial weapon
1 250 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
700 shots/minFire rate
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png11 000 / 18 292/8 100 / 13 470/4 000 / 6 651Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
232 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage T-80U.jpg

The T-80U is a rank VII Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".

General info

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.

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-80U particularly vulnerable to side shots causing ammunition detonation. The protection of the T-80U is very similar to the T-64B in terms of the size and placement of the weak areas.

The T-80U 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-80U to be hidden behind small terrain deformities which other MBTs would otherwise be visible.


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 69 km/h (43 mph) forward and 9.7 km/h (6 mph) 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.


Main armament

Main article: 2A46M-1 (125 mm)

The T-80U is armed with the same 125 mm cannon found in the T-80B, with the 3BM42 round proving competitive against other Rank VII offerings. As with previous vehicles of the family, the main gun is auto-loaded, so the loss of a crew member does not affect the loading times and the 6.5-second loading speed is competitive when compared to the 120 mm guns on the Leopard 2A5 and M1A1 Abrams.

125 mm 2A46M-1
Capacity Vertical
36 -5°/+15° ±180° Two-plane
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 27.4 37.8 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 17.1 20.2 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of 


Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
3BM22 APFSDS 425 420 415 405 392 380
3BM42 APFSDS 479 477 470 462 453 445
3BK18M HEATFS 550 550 550 550 550 550
3OF26 HE 47 47 47 47 47 47
9M119 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: Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
3BM22 APFSDS 1,760 4.83 N/A N/A N/A ° 76° 77° 78°
3BM42 APFSDS 1,700 4.85 N/A N/A N/A ° 78° 80° 81°
3BK18M HEATFS 905 19 0.0 0.1 2,790 ° 65° 72° 75°
3OF26 HE 850 23 0.1 0.5 5,780 +0° 79° 80° 81°
9M112 ATGM 400 27.5 0.0 0.01 3,600 +0° 80° 82° 90°
Ammo racks
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
45 28 (+1) 6 10 No

Only First Stage:28-20

Optics and night vision

The T-80U has two night vision modifications. The first modification "NVD" is unlocked at tier 3 and grants access to an image intensifier for each crew member. The second modification "NVD Upgrade" is unlocked at tier 4 and replaces the gunner's image intensifier with a thermal imager.

T-80U Optics
Type of optic Magnification Night Vision Devices
Image Intensifier Thermal Imager
Resolution Light Mult Noise Level
Gunner's Sight X3.6 - X12 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 1600 x 1200 5.0 High Not Fitted Image intensifier unlocked by "NVD" mod (tier 3)
T-80U 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

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 rank, 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 MBTs are relatively small, you can also 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 Kontakt-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


  • Effective armour
  • High penetrating round
  • Good acceleration and speed
  • Low silhouette - if you can find a sufficiently flat area behind a hilltop or a wide enough ditch, a hull-down T-80U is very hard to hit
  • Its autoloader, as the other tanks in the T-64, -72 and -80 lines, ensures that ammunition will be loaded even when replacing crew, repairing, or extinguishing a fire
  • Accurate gun, and its muzzle velocity combined with the laser rangefinder permits easy long range shots with little lead required to hit moving targets
  • Gun-launched anti-tank guided missiles can be used as multipurpose munitions for tanks and helicopters alike


  • Easy to hit weak spots at close range
  • Poor survivability from side shots
  • Relatively low reverse speed
  • The cramped interior means that the tank is easily disabled if a shot penetrates
  • ...and the 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


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


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

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-72B · T-72B (1989) · T-72B3
T-80  T-80B · T-80U
Trophies/Lend-Lease  ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"