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T-80U-M1 Bars

Main battle tank

T-80U-M1 Bars MBT

The T-80U-M1 Bars main battle tank was developed mainly for export customers

Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 46 t
Length (gun forward) 9.65 m
Hull length 6.98 m
Width 3.58 m
Height 2.2 m
Main gun 125-mm smoothbore
ATGW 9K119M (AT-11 Sniper-B)
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 45 rounds
Machine guns 1 250 x 7.62, 450 x 12.7
Engine GTD-1250 gas turbine engine
Engine power 1250 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 400 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.85 m
Fording 1.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m


   The T-80U-M1 Bars (Snow Leopard) main battle tank was revealed in 1997. It is a further development of the T-80U MBT. This main battle tank was aimed mainly at export customers. The T-80U-M1 Bars features improved weapon systems and protection. However no production orders were made and only one tank was built. Due to expensive maintenance Russian Army plans to retire all T-80 series tanks by 2015.

   The T-80U-M1 Bars has a composite front armor with built-in explosive reactive armor blocks. It also has Arena active protection system, as well as Shtora-1 countermeasures system.

   The T-80U-M1 Bars is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, completed with a carousel-type autoloader. Tank's main gun is also used to launch 9M119M (NATO designation AT-11 Sniper-B) anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner, as ordinary munitions. The 9M119M missile has a range of effective fire in 5 km. Tank's autoloader provides a rate of fire in 7 - 9 rounds per minute. It stores 28 rounds, while other projectile are located in front of the hull.

   Secondary armament consists of 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and another 12.7-mm machine gun mount, located on top of the commander's hatch.

   The T-80U-M1 main battle tank has a crew of three, including commander, driver and gunner.

   Vehicle is powered by a GTD-1250 gas turbine engine, developing 1 250 horsepower. It is also completed with an auxiliary gas turbine unit, which powers all of the tank's systems when the main engines is turned off. The T-80U-M1 Bars uses chassis of the T-80U and has similar cross country performance.


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T-80U-M1 Bars MBT

T-80U-M1 Bars MBT

T-80U-M1 Bars MBT

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