Object 640 Black Eagle. It was a privately-funded product of Omsktransmash, which means Russian goverment didn’t pay big attention to it and didn’t give it army designation code. The reason why it called ‘T-80UM2’ is because western medias confuses its name due to their short information about russian tank development at that time(remember it’s late 1990s to 2000s, when Internet is not common as now)
On the other hand, what we have in game is this. Definitely not an ‘Black Eagle’, but an vehicle modified by Russian army and tested for Drozd. This thing doesn’t have thermal, as at that time Thermal Vision is not a common thing for Russian army. At the time of T-90A Russian army become familiar with thermal vision.
Thermals also help in really open and long range maps it makes it to where you can distinct tanks from buildings and at top tier you have a lot of matches in super open and long range maps they are more important than you think
Yeah uh the T-80UM-1/2 series of tech demos or whatever people want to call them never were fitted with thermals since there wasn’t really a point at the time to fit an expensive thermal optic (which wouldn’t have been a 3rd gen thermal sight either) to something that would just be shown off in some expo and that’s it
It’s really not though think about it almost every tank you come across at 11.0 has thermals whether it be generation one through three thermals, I mean hell even de martyr 183 has thermals and that’s at 8.3
It needs to be fixed top-tier needs to be balanced not fucking you know Wolfpack running around the back of a map getting behind a literally the entire enemy team and being able to one tap them because they have the M 900 round which allows them to literally one tab everything because it has 600 mils of pen at 10.3 might I add