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This page is about the Soviet medium tank T-80UK. For other versions, see T-80 (Family).
T-80UK
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T-80UK
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Description

The T-80UK was the evaluation prototype of a commander tank version of the T-80U tested in the 1980s. The design of T-80UK was mostly similar to the T-80U, but upgraded with TVD, Shtora-1 soft-kill APS, new FCS, and communication equipment. The vehicle was evaluated and passed state certification in the 1990s, but the certified T-80UK in Russian Army service did not install Shtora-1 APS, likely a result of funding problems during production and saving equipment for more advanced tanks like the T-90. The only prototype is mostly used during army exhibitions or army open days.

The T-80UK was introduced in Update "Drone Age" as the tier VII squadron vehicle of Soviet ground tech-tree. Aside from the sensors and IR jammers for the Shtora-1 soft-kill APS, as well as the HE-TF version of the infamous 3OF26, the overall performance of the T-80UK is identical to its tech-tree predecessor, giving players sufficient protection at its tier while boasting a wide variety of ammunition to take down enemy vehicles. However, players will need to make every shot count, as the tank doesn't have the best APFSDS at its tier (particularly against tough foes with protected UFPs like the ZTZ99), as well as the inferior gun handling on Soviet tanks (pre-2016 Russian MBTs).

General info

Survivability and armour

ERA
Effective action against the cumulative ammunition
Composite armour
Balanced protection against all types of ammunition
Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
LWS
Notifies about the vehicle's exposure to laser emissions
Self-entrenching equipment
Creation of ramparts and trenches in soft ground
Armourfront / side / back
Hull105 / 80 / 50
Turret180 / 160 / 65
Crew3 people
Visibility79 %
5-layer hull armour on the T-80UK
Kontakt-5 ERA on T-80UK

The hull armour on the T-80UK is a 5-layer armour, which is comprised of 50 mm high-hardness rolled armour, 30 mm of textolite, 50 mm of high-hardness rolled armour, 30 mm textolite, and 50 mm of high-hardness rolled armour. On top of this armour array, there is another form of protection which is Kontakt-5, a second generation explosive reactive armour. The turret armour on the T-80UK is also covered by Kontakt-5 on the front of the turret.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 13 km/h
RB and SB70 / 11 km/h
Number of gears9 forward
1 back
Weight46.0 t
Engine power
AB2 385 hp
RB and SB1 250 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB51.8 hp/t
RB and SB27.2 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 78 13 46 1,937 2,385 42.11 51.85
Realistic 70 11 1,106 1,250 24.04 27.17

T-80UK didn't include any changes on mobility and the overall upgrades for the prototype have negligible impact on the weight of vehicle, therefore the good old Klimov GTD-1250 gas turbine can still push the tank to up to 70 km/h. However, caution is advised when pushing, as the tank doesn't have the best reverse speed; while -12 km/h is one of the best among Soviet/Russian MBTs, this is not comparable to the abilities of NATO vehicles.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 179 → 6 841 Sl icon.png
RB4 084 → 6 685 Sl icon.png
SB5 166 → 8 456 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications279 900 Rp icon.png
457 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training270 000 Sl icon.png
Experts950 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 210 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
150 / 190 / 210 % Sl icon.png
244 / 244 / 244 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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320 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Dozer Blade
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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ESS
Research:
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Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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LWS/LR
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_ATGM_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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125mm_ussr_3BM42_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

125 mm 2A46M-1 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition30 rounds
First-order28 rounds
Reload6.5 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 15°
Main article: 2A46M-1 (125 mm)

Aside from having TVD sights and FCS for time-fuzed HE shells, the 2A46M-1 on T-80UK performs identically to its base model. It has a larger calibre than NATO tanks and access to a variety of ammunition ranging from APFSDS to ATGMs which are good for taking down enemies from distance with devastating firepower. However, the slow overall turret traverse rate still haunts the tank, so it is recommended pre-aim the gun towards directions from which the enemy might suddenly appear for minimal reaction time - the T-80UK doesn't have much to spare.

125 mm 2A46M-1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Autoloader
Arcade 30 -5°/+15° ±180° Two-plane 22.8 31.6 38.4 42.5 45.2 6.50
Realistic 14.3 16.8 20.4 22.6 24.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
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 EDKV HE-TF 42 42 42 42 42 42
3BM42 APFSDS 457 454 445 431 419 406
9M119 ATGM 700 700 700 700 700 700
3BM46 APFSDS 532 531 526 520 513 507
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
3BK18M HEATFS 905 19 0.05 0.1 2.79 65° 72° 77°
3OF26 EDKV HE-TF 850 23 0.3 0.1 5.24 79° 80° 81°
3BM42 APFSDS 1,700 4.85 - - - 78° 80° 81°
3BM46 APFSDS 1,700 4.85 - - - 78° 80° 81°
Missile details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
9M119 ATGM 445 5,000 16.5 0.05 0.1 5.72 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
30 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Machine guns

12.7 mm NSVT machine gun
Ammunition500 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 60°
Ammunition750 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
12.7 mm NSVT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 500 (100) 700 -5°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm PKT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 750 (250) 700 - -

Usage in battles

The T-80UK is a command variant of the T-80U. As such, the playstyle will not change much. The most notable difference between the two tanks is the soft-kill active protection system, which will disrupt the guidance of any ATGMs headed in the direction of the tank, provided the turret is facing the launching vehicle.

While the armour is reasonably good, it will fail to stop some APFSDS rounds, so it is important that you refrain from relying on it. Remember that the armour is not meant to protect the tank, it is meant to protect the crew. With that said, you'll find yourself absorbing a significant portion of poorly-placed or rushed shots in your direction, provided they are not from the side or rear. It is also important to remember, the ERA is expendable. Once it is gone, your tank will be left with significant weak spots that can, and will be abused by your enemies. It is best not to get hit in the first place.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Soft kill passive protection system
  • Overall good frontal armour
  • Good mobility
  • Effective ERA, capable of stopping many of the APFSDS rounds you'll face

Cons:

  • Autoloader carousel is a significant vulnerability
  • The vehicle is loud, effectively removing any sense of stealth
  • Rather slow turret traverse and reverse speed significantly reduce reactivity
  • Subpar gun depression

History

Under the Soviet armoured doctrine, tank companies would receive a commander tank just like many major powers during the Cold War. In the Soviet case, the tank would also receive FCS upgrades aside from new communication equipment. The T-80UK was a result of such doctrine, featuring Shtora-1 soft-kill APS, Agava-2 TVD imager, atmospheric sensors, R-163U and R-163K radio, TNA-4 navigation systems, time-fuze controls and AB-1-P28 APU. The tank was likely being tested during the final days of the Soviet Union, and passed state certification during the 1990s. Likely due to insufficient funds and saving Shtora-1 APS for future tanks such as the T-72BU, the current model of the T-80UK looks extremely like an original T-80U with longer antenna for the radio.

Media

Skins

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;
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External links


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