PT-16 Main Battle Tank: PT-91 Evolved

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The PT-16 prototype on display.

  • Description :
    • The PT-16 is a modernized version of the Polish-made PT-91 main battle tank that was developed as a joint venture between Poland’s OBRUM and Ukraine’s Ukroboronprom. Unveiled at the MSPO 2016 defense exhibition, the tank features several upgrades over the original PT-91, including a new engine, improved armor, and a modernized fire control system. One of the most significant upgrades of the PT-16 is its new engine. The tank is equipped with a 1,000hp S-1000R diesel engine that provides increased power and improved mobility compared to the original PT-91. This allows the PT-16 to operate more effectively in a variety of terrain and combat situations. In addition to its new engine, the PT-16 features improved armor that provides increased protection against a variety of threats, including anti-tank missiles and small arms fire. The tank’s turret has been modernized with advanced AMAP armor supplied by Germany (that possibly integrates ERAWA ERA) as well as a new fire control system that improves the tank’s accuracy and targeting capabilities. The PT-16 is also equipped with a new 3rd-generation thermal imaging system, the GOC-1, and GOD-1 for both the Gunner and Commander, that provides improved visibility in low-light conditions, as well as an advanced ammunition loading system that is housed in the rear turret bustle, allowing for faster and more efficient reloading of the tank’s main gun, with a rate of fire (RoF) of 12rds/min. Not to mention, this autoloader offers increased crew survivability by housing the ammunition away from the crew compartment. The PT-16 has a crew of three, including a driver, a gunner, and a commander. The tank’s main armament is a 120mm smoothbore gun designated the TGMSB-120 which is developed by Slovakia, that is capable of firing a variety of ammunition types, including DM63 armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) rounds and DM11 high-explosive airburst (HE-AB) rounds, both of which Poland has procured. It is also likely capable of firing the Ukrainian Konus GL-ATGM. Additional armament includes a KT-7.62mm coaxial machine gun and 12.7mm ZSMU A4 remote control weapon station (RCWS). Overall, the PT-16 represents a significant improvement over the original PT-91 tank, with modernized systems and increased capabilities that make it a formidable weapon on the battlefield. The PT-16 was designed to be a cost effective upgrade to Poland’s T-72M1’s and PT-91 Twardy’s. While it was developed primarily for use by the Polish and Ukrainian militaries, the PT-16 could potentially be sold to other countries in the future, further strengthening its role as an important asset in the defense industry.
    • Special thanks to @ChieftainWarrior for help correcting the primary armament of the PT-16.
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The PT-16 prototypes on display.

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PT-16 during assembly.

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Smoke banks of the PT-16.

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View of the turret top.

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Turret armor layout and autoloader.

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GOD-1 Commander Panoramic Sight and GOC-1 Gunner Sight utilized on the PT-17.

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SSP-1 OBRA-3 Laser Warning System.

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This looks super cool. Would love to have it in the Polish TT. +1

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