Russian Western Military District about to receive upgraded T-72B3 main battle tanks

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Russian Western Military District about to receive upgraded T-72B3 main battle tanks
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced yesterday that under re-armament program, upgraded tanks T-72B3 will be delivered soon to the Western MD. The T-72B3 is a development of the standard Russian-made T-72B series currently in service in the Russian army. The T-72B3 has significantly improved its combat characteristics with more fire power, protection, mobility and command controllability.
Russian Western Military District about to receive upgraded T 72B3 main battle tanks 640 001Russian Armed Forces' T-72B3 main battle tank
The main armament of the T-72B3 is a 125mm 2A46M-5 smoothbore gun fitted with a light-alloy thermal sleeve and a bore evacuator. Thanks to new hard-core projectile, modern ballistic computer, modernized stabilizer and auto target tracker the fire accuracy when moveless and moving has significantly increased.

Also unlike the predecessors T-72B3 has the latest fire control system. Digital ballistic computer allows reducing time for calculations and increasing efficiency. Imaging infrared channel of the primary sight provides reliable operation of guidance equipment day and night in any weather conditions.

The T-72B3 is equipped with active protection system (APS) Arena-E designed to defeat threats such as the rocket propelled grenade and the anti-tank missile, including newer anti-tank missiles with longer ranges. The active protection system can protect against missiles fired from both infantry carried rocket launchers and from helicopters. The Arena-E APS uses a multi-function Doppler radar, which can be turned on and off by the tank commander.

In the nearest future tanks will be adopted into the Western Military District units. About 2 000 pieces of modern military equipment and armament were recently adopted in all arms and services of the Russian Armed Forces, said the Russian Ministry of Defense in an official statement.