MINSK, 2 June (BelTA) – A new batch of upgraded T-72B3 tanks was handed over to the 969th Tank Reserve Base of the Belarusian army in the 174th Air Defense and Air Force exercise area on 2 June, BelTA has learned.
Belarusian Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Andrei Ravkov, representatives of the Defense Ministry and army units, and a delegation sent by the Russian defense company Uralvagonzavod took part in the ceremony.
According to Andrei Ravkov, the Russian defense company Uralvagonzavod is capable of making virtually a new tank. Such a tank has a new power plant, a new transmission, new weapons as well as Belarusian aiming sights. The sights allow the tank to fire in any weather — day or night, foggy or snowy weather — with virtually 100% precision. The Belarusian defense minister said: “In addition to having our tanks repaired and upgraded in Belarus we use military and technical cooperation with Russia. Russian companies repair and upgrade our hardware at Russian domestic prices in line with the agreement on military and technical cooperation. We are also part of the regional army group, which defends the Union State of Belarus and Russia in the western direction.”
Participants of the solemn ceremony saw parts of a tank biathlon at the end of the ceremony. After that the Belarusian army and the Russian company signed a contract on modernizing another batch of T-72B tanks.
The upgraded T-72B3 tanks boast a 1130hp engine and improved weapon systems. The tank's armor has been beefed up with side skirts and a set of removable modular plates.
The new weapons guarantee a high probability of the target's destruction when firing in motion and standing still up to 5km away. The automatic target tracker has made the gunner's job easier. The tanks have been fitted with a new 125mm 2A46M-5 cannon with an improved barrel life, a new radio station Akveduk, new fire-fighting equipment, and new multichannel sights Sosna-U made by the Belarusian company Peleng.
Apart from that, the T-72B3 tank is fitted with a digital ballistic computer and a set of weather sensors for the sake of automating preparations for firing and greatly increasing firing accuracy.