BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle
BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle

Uralvagonzavod Unveils T-90MS Main Battle Tank and BMPT-72 Tank Support Fighting Vehicle

Uralvagonzavod presented T-90MS main battle tank and tank support fighting vehicle BMPT-72 at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army 2021”. The vehicles have undergone specialized preparation at the facilities of the company and have been delivered to the Patriot Center near Moscowo. High upgrading potential of these vehicles provides for improving their design based on cutting-edge technical requirements, offering the customer a new fighting unit with extended capabilities or transformed to meet special-purpose objectives. T-90MS main battle tank and BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle had been designed in the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Engineering and are successful upgrades of T-90S and T-72 tanks. They most clearly demonstrate how one can extend the full and efficient operation of these special vehicles with maximum benefit and at the lowest possible cost.

For instance, the Army 2021 Forum will showcase a T-90MS tank with a high-automated combat module equipped with a multispectral gunner sight and panoramic commander sight. This allows the commander not only to have a better view of the situation, but also to manage all of machine’s weapons. Like all other armored vehicles of UVZ, T-90MS and BMPT-72 have phenomenal reliability, high integrity and mobility. Their advantages also include high serviceability. Engineers from Tagil have equipped BMPT-72 with a large ammunition capacity, including fragmenting shells, to enable the vehicle to combat enemy manpower, which is critical for tanks. Increased gun elevation of automatic guns provides for engaging targets at the top floors of buildings and low-flying unmanned aircrafts. A single BMPT can easily replace 2 BMPs and an infantry platoon.

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T-90MS main battle tank
T-90MS main battle tank (Photo by UralVagonZavod)

Before facing the Forum’s guests and participants, these formidable battle machines have passed a rigorous inspection at the company’s assembly shop. Then they have been washed and painted in the painting-and-commissioning shop. The camouflage patterns have been painted following special drawings. Eight painters were involved. On average, each machine took about 60 kg of paint. Then the vehicles have been dispatched to Kubinka. When they arrive, the Uralvagonzavod specialists will transform them from transportation mode to the battle-ready one. In addition, the UVZ Group stand will feature an exposition dedicated to Uralvagonzavod’s anniversary; the company turns 85 on October 11. Historical and contemporary photographs will tell the story of the mechanic engineering industry in Nizhny Tagil.

UralVagonZavod (Ural Railroad Car Factory) is a Russian machine building company located in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The name UralVagonZavod means Ural Railroad Car Factory. It is one of the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia and the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world. Production of T-90 main battle tanks accounts for 18–20% of the company’s overall production. In 2008, Uralvagozavod produced about 175 tanks: 62 T-90A for the Russian Ministry of Defence, 60 T-90S for India. This represents the highest level of tank production at UralVagonZavod and in Russia as a whole since 1993. Moreover, according to Moscow Defense Brief, it would appear that in 2008 the number of tanks produced by the company was greater than the number of main battle tanks produced in all the other countries of the world taken together. Uralvagonzavod is a part of the Uralvagonzavod Group in the Rostec State Corporation.

BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle
BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle (Photo by UralVagonZavod)
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