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Main battle tank

Oplot-M

The Oplot-M main battle tank is an improved version, rather than entirely new design



Entered service 2013
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 51 t
Length (gun forward) 9.72 m
Hull length 7.7 m
Width 4.17 m
Height 2.28 m
Armament
Main gun 125-mm smoothbore
ATGW 9K119M (AT-11 Sniper-B)
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 6 to + 13 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 40 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine 6TD-2E diesel
Engine power 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 450 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.85 m
Fording 1.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m

 

   The Oplot-M main battle tank is a further development of the previous Oplot, which is based on the T-84. This MBT was revealed in 2008. It is an improved version, rather than entirely new design. Also it is worth mentioning that main components of this tank were developed in the 1990s. This main battle tank completed Ukrainian Army trials. Thailand ordered 49 of these tanks. All of these machines will be delivered by 2014. Sometimes these tanks are referred as Oplot-T.

   The Oplot-M MBT is fitted with Duplet (Nozh-2) built-in explosive reactive armor of new generation, that protects against tandem warheads. It is claimed to be superior to the Russian Kontakt 5 ERA armor. Protection of hull sides was also improved. Vehicle is fitted with Shtora countermeasures system, which reduced hit probability of enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance. This MBT can also be fitted with Zaslon active protection system.

   The Oplot-M main battle tank is armed with a 125-mm fully-stabilized smoothbore gun, fitted with a carousel-type autoloader. Vehicle is capable of firing 9K119M Reflex (NATO Designation AT-11 Sniper-B) gun-launched anti-tank guided missiles. These missiles are launched in the same manner as ordinary munitions. Maximum range of fire is 5 000 m. A total of 40 rounds are carried inside the hull.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof.

   The Oplot-M has improved sights, aiming and observation systems.

   Vehicle is powered by Ukrainian 6TD-2E turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp. It is improved and more environmentally friendly version of the previous 6TD-2 diesel engine, used on the T-84 MBT. Another engine, the 6TD-3 is currently under development. It will have a power output of 1 500 hp. This main battle tank is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is shut down. The Oplot-M is fitted with a deep wading kit and can ford water obstacles up to 5 m deep.

   In 2013 a BREM-T armored recovery vehicle was revealed. It was developed specially to meet the Thai Army requirement. It is based on the Oplot-M chassis and is designed to support these main battle tanks. It is identical to Atlet ARV, but has some minor changes to meet Thai Army requirements, such as different radio, air conditioner and so on.

 

Video of the Oplot-M main battle tank

 

 
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