The T-80BVM is the latest version of the T-80 family, upgraded from the T-80BV main battle tank.

Introduce

During the 2018-2019 period, about 40 T-80BVM tanks were equipped for the tank battalion of the 200th Omsbr.

On January 13, 2021, the Russian manufacturer of heavily armored vehicles, Uralvagonzavod issued a press release in which it says that the Russian army has received modernized T-80BVM tanks. The entire batch went to the customer at the end of December. The number of new equipment in the party has not been reported.

T-80BVM
T-80BVM

Modernized T-80 tank

The T-80BVM is a fully modernized machine. Its armor has been further improved, and in addition to the original armor thickness equivalent of 450 to 530 mm of RHA steel, the T-80BVM is equipped with the Relikt explosive reactive armor. The T-80BVM was the first operational tank to be fitted with this new explosive reactive armor. The Relikt provides protection against tandem warheads and reduces penetration of APFSDS rounds by over 50%. According to some sources, the tank can be equipped with the Arena active defense system.

The tank is fitted with rubber side skirts, with built-in armor plates. Rear parts of the hull and turret are covered by cage armor. The T-80BVM is reportedly fitted with a passive countermeasures system, which improved protection against some types of anti-tank guided missiles.

Armament

In terms of armament, the T-80BVM still retains a 125 mm smoothbore gun. However, this is a new gun, the 2A46M-4, which has a longer range and is 15-20% more accurate than the T-80BV’s 2A46M-1.

The 2A46M-4 is compatible with the newly developed APFSDS Svinets-1 and Svinets-2 rounds with tungsten and depleted uranium penetrators. Effective range for APFSDS ammunition is 2-3 km at day and reduced to 2-2.6 km at night. Armor penetration is about 590-630 mm at a distance of 2 km.

Secondary armament consists of a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and roof-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun. Fire control system has also been upgraded.

Gas turbine engine

The T-80BVM has received an improved GTD-1250ТF gas turbine engine with 1,250 horsepower. It was essentially a helicopter engine, modified for use in tanks.

To solve the problem of excessive fuel consumption, Russian engineers equipped the tank with an auxiliary power supply, which supplies power to all systems, when the main engine is turned off. The T-80BVM has outstanding cross-country performance compared to diesel-powered tanks. The tank can be maneuvered with a maximum speed of about 70km/h, a range of 500km. T-80BVM is operated by a crew of 3: commander, gunner and driver.

Specifications

(Source: Wikipedia)

Country of originRussia
Entered service2018
Crew3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight46 t
Length (gun forward)9.56 m
Hull length7.01 m
Width3.38 m
Height2.22 m
Armament
Main gun125 mm smoothbore
ATGW9M119M Refleks
Machine guns1 x 12.7 mm, 1 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range– 5 to + 14 degrees
Traverse range360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun45 rounds
Machine guns300 x 12.7 mm, 1 250 x 7.62 mm rounds
Mobility
EngineGTD-1250TF gas turbine
Engine power1 250 hp
Maximum road speed70 km/h
Range500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient60%
Side slope40%
Vertical step1 m
Trench2.85 m
Fording1.8 m
Fording (with preparation)5 m

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