T-80BV zr. 2018: Small Changes, Huge Impact

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Lesser_Coat_of_Arms_of_Ukraine2_svg.png. T-80BV zr. 2018


Newly upgraded T-80BV zr. 2018 still in the factory.

  • Basic Description:
    • The T-80BV zr. 2018 is an upgraded T-80BV that was developed by companies associated with Ukroboronprom, built at the Malyshev Factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The original T-80B, designated Object 219R, was designed in the Soviet Union in 1978 that features several improvements over previous tank designs including a new stabilized 2A46 125mm main gun, new 1A33 fire control system, laser rangefinder, composite armor, the revolutionary GTD-1000 Gas Turbine Engine that significantly improves maneuverability of the T-80 main battle tanks, and more. In 1985, a modification of the T-80B was introduced featuring dynamic protection in the form of 220 new Contact-1 ERA blocks which is designed to negate HEAT-shaped charges, covering the sides, turret, and glacis of the vehicle. These new T-80’s would be designated Object 219RV 1985, also known as the T-80BV.
    • Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine inherited over 300 T-80 variants including the T-80BV and the T-80UD which featured the 1,000hp 6TD Diesel Engine. Some of these were kept in storage and deteriorated over the years due to neglect and lack of funding. However, after the start of the conflict in 2014, Ukraine realized the need to upgrade and modernize the tank force. This resulted in a serious upgrade program for the T-64BV’s and T-80BV’s that were still in service as well as restoring stored mothballed vehicles. The program began in the mid-2010’s focusing on the T-64BV main battle tank incorporating several new technologies. In late-2017, early 2018, this program was extended to existing T-80BV’s. The program resulted in bringing T-80BV’s to the T-64BV zr. 2017 standard, including new digital equipment and optics to improve performance and range of the T-80BV. Not to mention, some are expected to receive Nozh ERA that is capable of negating modern HEAT-shaped munitions as well as APFSDS-T. Nozh ERA blocks are designed to be the same dimensions as Kontact-1 to allow interchangeability. Nozh ERA has been shown to have similar if not better performance than Kontact-5. Unofficial designation of this improved T-80BV has seen the name T-80BV zr. 2018, or model 2018.
    • Modifications conducted by Ukraine:
      • Gunner’s TPN-1-TPV Thermal Imager
      • Lybid K-2RB Digital Radio Stations
      • CH-4215 Satellite Navigation System
      • Luna Infrared Sight Removal
      • Optional: Mounting of Nozh ERA
    • At least 88 are in service by the Ukrainian Army and have saw combat in the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Specifications:
    • Role: Main Battle Tank
    • Origin/Manufacturer:
      • Ukraine - Malyshev Factory/Ukroboronprom
    • Armament:
      • Primary: 125mm 2A46M-1 Smoothbore Gun
        • Ammunition:
          • APFSDS-T
          • HEAT-FS
          • HE-FRAG
          • GL-ATGM
            • Kombat
        • Feed System:
          • 28rd-Autoloader, 38rds total, 4 ATGM rounds.
      • Coaxial: KT-7.62mm Machine Gun (1,250rds)
      • Roof-mounted: KT-12.7mm Machine Gun (300rds)
    • Dimensions:
      • Length: 7.400m
      • Width: 3.400m
      • Height: 2.202m
      • Weight: 42.5t
    • Mobility:
      • Engine: 1,100hp GTD-1000TF Gas-turbine Engine
      • Max Speed: 70km/h
      • Transmission: Manual (5-Forward, 1-Reverse)
      • Suspension: Torsion Bar
  • Crew:
    • Commander
    • Gunner
    • Driver
  • Features:
    • Laser Rangefinder
    • 8x 81mm Smoke Grenade Launchers
    • ESS
    • Entrenching Blade
    • Armor:
      • Nozh ERA
      • Kontact-1 ERA
    • Optics:
      • Gunner: TPN-1-TPV (3rd-generation Thermal Imager)
      • Commander: TKN-3V (Night Vision Device)
      • Driver: TVNE-4B (Night Vision Device)
  • In-game :
    • This new variant of T-80BV differs from its Soviet counterpart by the inclusion of 3rd-generation thermals, the capability to fire Kombat ATGM’s, and the ability to mount Nozh ERA that is on par with Kontact-5 and possibly better.
    • Estimated Battle Rating: 10.3.
  • Sources:
    1. T-80BV | Weaponsystems.net
    2. In Kharkiv, starting works of a new modernization of the Т-64 - Militarnyi
    3. Ukraine details latest T-80 upgrades, announces plans to produce T-84s this year
    4. Ukraine receives upgraded T-64s
    5. https://web.archive.org/web/20160812001320/http://na.mil.gov.ua/33330-teper-navidnik-t-64-mozhe-rozpiznati-cil-na-vidstani-do-trox-kilometriv
    6. Ukrinform: Ukrainian Armed Forces receive upgraded T-80 tanks - Mar. 27, 2020 | KyivPost
    7. Ukroboronprom details latest T-80 upgrades
    8. https://censor.net/en/photo_news/3184803/ukrainian_armed_forces_receive_upgraded_t80_tanks_photos
    9. Army Guide
    10. https://uprom.info/news/vpk/harkivskyj-bronetankovyj-zavod-peredav-zbrojnym-sylam-13-modernizovanyh-tankiv-foto/
  • Imagery:

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Multiple view of the T-80BV zr. 2018 from the factory.


Nozh ERA than can be used on the T-80BV zr. 2018 along with Contact-1.


Another view of the Nozh ERA block.

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