The Ukrainian army has recently received a deeply modernized T-64BVK command MBT.

Analysts say that T-64BVK’s tactical performance is superior to the T-72B3M, even higher than the Russian T-90K. According to the announcement, the “deeply modernized” command tank T-64BVK was upgraded at the Kharkiv Armored Plant – a leading Ukrainian manufacturer in the field of production of armored combat vehicles.

Kharkiv Armoured Plant director Herman Smetanin said the upgrade “is necessary not only to significantly improve the existing technical characteristics, but also to create all the appropriate conditions for effective control over a unit”.

T-64BVK
T-64BVK

The T-64BVK has received a thermal imager, a satellite navigation system, and new optics for the commander providing a detection range of 2,000 m. The vehicle has also received a new radio system, intercom, and driver’s rear-view camera under the upgrade.

The commander’s cupola is fitted with a protected mount for an NSV 12.7×108 mm heavy machine gun. Additional improvements include a new fuel filter, enhanced protection for the fuel tanks, and composite rubber-metal screens added to the sides of the tank.

The T-64 is a Soviet second-generation main battle tank introduced in the early 1960s. It was a more advanced counterpart to the T-62: the T-64 served in tank divisions, while the T-62 supported infantry in motorized rifle divisions. It introduced a number of advanced features including composite armor, a compact engine and transmission, and a smoothbore 125-mm gun equipped with an autoloader to allow the crew to be reduced to three so the tank could be smaller and lighter.

In spite of being armed and armored like a heavy tank, the T-64 weighed only 38 tons. These features made the T-64 expensive to build, significantly more so than previous generations of Soviet tanks. This was especially true of the power pack, which was time-consuming to build and cost twice as much as more conventional designs.

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