Russia delivers first T-72B1MS White Eagle main battle tanks to Serbia
According to information published by the Russian press agency Sputnik Agency in Serbia, Russia has delivered the first T-72B1MS main battle tanks (MBTs) dubbed "White Eagle" to Serbia.
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Russian-made main battle tank T-72B1MS dubbed “White Eagle”. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The T-72B1MS dubbed “White Eagle” is an upgraded version of the T-72B MBT Main Battle Tank (MBT) that was unveiled in Moscow during the defense exhibition “Engineer Technologies” in June 2012. The tank was developed, designed and manufactured by the Russian Company UralVagonZavod. The T-721B1MS features new armor and is equipped with new optics and combat equipment.
In December 2018, it was announced that Laos has taken delivery of T-72B1MS from Russia. In January 2019, Laos has showed a number of T-72B1MS during a military parade in the capital. There is no official information about the delivery of the T-72B1MS to the Laos Armed Forces. According to information published on the Internet, the tanks is also in services with Uruguay and Nicaragua armed forces.
The T-72B1MS White Eagle MBT is armed with one 2A46 125mm smoothbore gun able to fire different types of ammunition including armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS), high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and high-explosive fragmentation (HEF) projectiles. The second armament of the MBT includes one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and one remotely operated weapon station armed with one 12.7mm 6P49 Kord heavy machine gun, mounted on the roof of the turret.
The hull and the turret of the T-72B1MS MBT have conventional armor, but the tank is also fitted with the Kontakt-1 Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) mounted at the front and on each side of the hull and around the turret.
The T-72B1MS White Eagle main battle tank is equipped with PN-72U Sosna-U day/night gunner`s sight. Commander`s seat is equipped with PKP-72 Falcon`s Eye (Sokolinyi Glaz) panoramic sight with third-generation thermal imager mounted at the rear of the left side of the turret. It is also equipped with an automatic target tracking system, chassis information-management system, auxiliary power unit (APU) and combined GPS/GLONASS navigation system.