Saturday, June 11, 2011

T-90 main battle tank

The T-90 is a Russian third-generation main battle tank that is a modernisation of the T-72 (it was originally to be called the T-72BU, later renamed to T-90). It is currently the most modern tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry.

Weight     46.5 tonnes (45.8 LT; 51.3 ST)
Length     9.53 m (31 ft 3 in)
Width     3.78 m (12 ft 5 in)
Height     2.22 m (7 ft 3 in)
Crew     3

Produced     1995–present
Unit cost     $2.77 - 4.15 million USD in 2011

Although a development of the T-72, the T-90 uses a 125mm 2A46 smoothbore tank gun, 1G46 gunner sights, a new engine, and thermal sights. Standard protective measures include a blend of regular steel and Kontakt-5 explosive-reactive armor, laser warning receivers, Nakidka camouflage and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. The EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse (EMP) creator is used in testing but not fitted to T-90s in active service. It is designed and built by Uralvagonzavod, in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

    T-90: Original production model.
    T-90K: Command version of the T-90.
    T-90E: Export version of T-90 MBT.
    T-90A: Russian army version with welded turret, V-92S2 engine and ESSA thermal viewer. Sometimes called T-90 Vladimir.
    T-90S: Export version of T-90A. Sometimes called T-90C (Cyrillic letter es looks like a Latin c). Tanks are found with two different turret armour arrays.
    T-90SK: Command version of the T-90S. It differs in radio and navigation equipment and Ainet remote-detonation system for HEF rounds.
    T-90S "Bhishma": modified T-90S in Indian service.
    T-90M: Prototype version featuring new explosive reactive armour (ERA) Relikt, new 1,250 PS (920 kW) engine, new improved turret and composite armor, new gun, new thermal imaging Catherine-FC from THALES, an enhanced environmental control system supplied by Israel’s Kinetics Ltd for providing cooled air to the fighting compartment, integrated tactical system, satellite navigation and others

Armor     Steel-composite-reactive blend

        vs APFSDS: 550 mm + 250-280mm with Kontakt-5 = 800-830mm; vs HEAT: 650 mm + 500-700mm with Kontakt-5 = 1,150-1,350mm+
 Primary armament   
125 mm smoothbore gun with ATGM capability; mainly 9M119 Svir
Secondary armament   
7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun, 12.7 mm NSV anti-aircraft gun, 12.7 mm Kord machine gun
Model 84 V-84 12-cyl. diesel

V-92 12-cyl. diesel
V-96 12-cyl. diesel
840 hp (618 kW) for V-84 12-cyl. diesel engine
950 hp (736 kW) for V-92 12-cyl. diesel engine
1,250 hp (930 kW) for V-96 12-cyl. diesel engine
Power/weight     18.1 hp/tonne (13.5 kW/tonne) for V-84 12-cyl. diesel engine
20.4 hp/tonne (15.8 kW/tonne) for V-92 12-cyl. diesel engine
23.7 hp/tonne (19.8 kW/tonne) for V-96 12-cyl. diesel engine
Suspension     torsion bar
Operational range     550–650 km (340–400 mi) (depending on type of engine)
Speed     60–65 km/h (37–40 mph) (depending on type of engine)


 Russia operates 1300 T-90s in 2010.

 India - India currently operates up to 620 T-90

Algeria purchased 180 T-90SA tanks. 102 of the 180 were in service by 2007/2008, and the remainder are to be delivered by 2011.

Saudi Arabia is to buy 150 T-90S main battle tanks and helicopters in a $2 billion weapons deal.

Turkmenistan has ordered 10 T-90S tanks in 2009 for approximately $30 million.

Libya - 180 ordered in February 2010. Now canceled due to United Nation Arms Embargo in Libya in March 2011.

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