According to Defense Blog, the Ukrainian state arms trading agency Ukrspetsexport Corp. delivered the Oplot main battle tank to the US military last week. Vadim Nozdrya, general manager of Ukrspetseksport, said the tank was shipped to the United States as part of the contract for the new combat vehicle.
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Ukrspetsexport Corp., Ukraine’s state arms trading agency, delivered the Oplot main battle tank to the US military (Photo source: Ukrspetsexport)
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Ukraine has supplied tanks to the United States: in 2003, the United States government obtained from Ukraine four T-80UD main battle tanks equipped with a system. active protection Drozd (APS). The four T-80UD tanks arrived at the US Army Aberdeen Test Center in December 2003 and January 2004.
The Oplot The MBT is one of the latest generations of main battle tanks available in today’s military market. The Oplot BM is completely designed and manufactured in Ukraine offering a high level of mobility, protection and firepower. The Oplot BM is in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Royal Thai Army.
The Oplot BM is armed with a 125 mm smoothbore cannon capable of firing standard ammunition, including highly explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG), stabilized anti-armor sabot with fins (APFSDS), anti-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) but also tank-guided anti-missile with a maximum firing range of 5,000 m. The second armament includes a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun coupled to the main gun, and a remote arming station armed with a 12.7mm caliber heavy machine gun. The Oplot carries 46 rounds for the main gun, 28 of which are placed in an autoloader.
The Oplot BM is equipped with a computerized fire control system which includes weapon control devices to provide all data taking into account weather conditions and other parameters influencing the accuracy of the fire. The system also includes a PTT-2 thermal sighting system used to observe, detect, recognize and identify targets and the PNK-6 used to detect and identify land and air targets by the tank commander in day and day conditions. night.
Oplot BM protection systems incorporate passive armor and reactive explosive armor. The turret and hull are equipped with multi-layered armor and integrated anti-tandem warhead reactive armor (BATW-ERA) for optimal protection against APFSDS, High Explosive Squash Head (HESH), High Explosive Plastic ( HEP) and HEAT -type projectile. The front of the hull is fitted with explosive reactive armor panels for extended protection. The sides of the hull are hinged with large rubber skirts to resist attacks from portable anti-tank weapons.
The Oplot BM is powered by a liquid-cooled, six-cylinder, 6ТD-2 multi-fuel diesel engine that delivers a maximum power of 882 kW. It can drive at a maximum speed of 70 km / h on the road with a maximum range of 500 km. The Oplot BM can cross a vertical obstacle of 1 m and a trench of 2.85 m. It can negotiate a slope of 32 ° and slopes of 25 °. It can cross water obstacles with a depth of 1.8 m without preparation. The Oplot BM is equipped with a snorkel for deep fording and can ford 5m of water with equipment, which can be deployed in 20 minutes.