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Belarus upgrades T-72s

27 November 2018
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The Belarusian armed forces have received more upgraded T-72B3 MBTs, also designated T-72B3 mod.2016, which was exhibited at Army 2018. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

The Belarusian armed forces have received more upgraded T-72B3 main battle tanks (MBTs), also designated T-72B3 mod.2016, a military source told Jane's.

"On 22 November, First Deputy Chief of Armament Major General Andrey Fedin handed over a batch of 10 upgraded T-72B3 MBTs to the North-Western operational command's 120th Separate Guards Mechanised Brigade," the source said.

"The [Belarusian] Ministry of Defence and Russia's UralVagonZavod corporation have signed another contract for the modernisation of the next batch of Belarusian tanks, which have already been delivered to a factory in Nizhny Tagil. Ten more upgraded T-72B3Ms will be supplied to the Belarusian military in late 2019."

The T-72B mod.1985 MBT still forms the backbone of Belarusian tank units, the source added. "In 2015, 140 Repair Plant unveiled the Vitzaz T-72B modernisation programme. The updated tank has received new explosive reactive armour [ERA], a hard-kill active protection system, Sosna-U gunner's sight with a thermal imager and automatic target tracker, PNK-4S-01 commander's sight, R-181-50VU Rapsodiya digital radio, and GPS/GLONASS navigation unit."

The Vityaz programme was recently put on hold due to financial constraints, so Belarusian tank units will operate baseline T-72Bs and some upgraded T-72B3s.

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