Belarus 140 Repair Plant T-55 MBT modernization tank 12705171

Defense & Security News - Belarus
 
140 Repair Plant of Belarus offers upgrade solutions for T-55 main battle tank.
Despite their age, the Cold War-era T-55 main battle tanks (MBT) remain in service with many armed forces. However, they are obsolete and require a number of upgrades in order to be effective against modern armour. Belarus` 140 Repair Plant is among the companies that offer their variant of T-55 modernization.
     
Despite their age, the Cold War-era T-55 main battle tanks (MBT) remain in service with many armed forces. However, they are obsolete and require a number of upgrades in order to be effective against modern armour. Belarus` 140 Repair Plant is among the companies that offer their variant of T-55 modernization.
T-55MV is an upgraded version of standard T-55 MBT featuring new reactive armour and fire control system.
     
The enterprise offers the replacement of the V-55 engine with a power output of 580 h.p. by the V-55U (620 h.p.) one. The installation of the V-55U engine enhances the tank`s maneuvering performance and increases its maximum speed from 48 km/h to 54 km/h. The organic steel armour can be reinforced with the Kontakt explosive reactive armour (ERA).

According to the official catalogue of 140 Repair Plant, the integration of the ERA increases the protection of the vehicle against rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles 1.5-fold. The tank can be also reinforced with side skirts with ERA to beef up the resistance of the side armour to high-explosive anti-tank munitions. The company also promotes the installation of the eight Tucha 902B smoke dischargers with a smoke screening range of up to 300 m. According to the plant, the usage of the Tucha system reduces tank losses by 1.4-1.7 times.

The R-123 radio can be replaced by the R-173 radio in order to enhance the signal transmission and receiving, as well as its quality. The tank`s main gun can be fitted with thermal sleeves that increase its accuracy. The updated T-55 MBT has retained its organic weapon suite that is comprised of a 100 mm DT-10-family tank gun.
     
Despite their age, the Cold War-era T-55 main battle tanks (MBT) remain in service with many armed forces. However, they are obsolete and require a number of upgrades in order to be effective against modern armour. Belarus` 140 Repair Plant is among the companies that offer their variant of T-55 modernization.
     
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