T-90Ms external fuel tanks still kill the crew via fuel explosion

I think the “fuel exploded” kill state is dumb anyway because you need a air fuel mixture for an explosion and it would be safe to assume that every tank in game starts the match with full tanks. Really, the fuel is probably the best (or least bad) place to be shot, as various studies found it effective in decelerating projectiles and catching spall, which is why the Abrams has fuel tanks surrounding the driver, as an example.
But in any case, the T-90M’s front tanks are labelled as “external” in game, and they appear to be behind a thick firewall and spall liner irl, so why do they still kill you in game?
This was reported and marked as acknowledged months ago, I was expecting it to be fixed in the most recent patch, evidently not.


I also think it’s stupid that the tank exploded, instead the tank should catch fire and fragment the ammunition.

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Spall liners are not the only thing protecting fuel tank, T-90M fuel tanks are self sealing with sponge like structure to not let fire explosion inside burst out or affect bigger areas.

The bug report has been aknowledged since the addition of T-90M, just have to wait.


Does it apply to other russian tanks as well? Tanks of other trees?

Aside from T-90M, all russian modern MBT dies mostly from fuel exploded then anything else, my experience with T-90A even worse.


Very strange fuel detonation. Something that shouldn’t ever happen imo.

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Game wise, all T-series explode.
The only one that should not game wise is T-90M, probably Armata series too.
At the moment T-90M still has expoding fuel tanks.
Though at a russian forum I have heard that T series (i have heard about T-72B and so all T-90s at the moment, I will check it personally later) have a system where it pumps the fuel to frontal fuel tanks, as it’s technically not the fuel exploding, but the gas fumes, by pumping fuel tanks to front tank the first fuel tanks to drain are the back ones.
By game logic at the moment all fuel tanks are half full, meaning other half is filled with gas fumes.
That means frontal T series frontal fuel tanks shouldnt explode realistically, but they do, thats is you consider tank has half of it’s fuel left, meaning the pump would make frontal ones full.
It probably cant be a bug report, as that’s a game logic and not a vehicle specific parametr.
Leclerc, Type 90 and others have that issue too, dont know if they got anything other than type of fuel used to combat possible fuel explosions from gas fumes.


Actually it happen for any vehicle on top tier,

But for Russo-Soviet and Chinese or any export variant this rate is gigantic compared to any other vehicle in this BR range, you mostly will see “Fuel tank exploded” even with the spall killing enough crew member to be considered as destroyed than a usual killing like “Ammunition exploded” or “Crew knocked out”.

Things you don’t see much in any other popular MBTs.

I would like to point out that at least the fuel tanks in Russian tanks don’t generate spall, as is the case with the Abrams.

That the case for any fuel tanks.
Leo 2A4 and Strv 122 are the same case, it can eat the whole Vikir/Kornet and no sapp, even 3BM60 and DM43 sometime suck into the voide.

It’s not the fuel tank on abrams that generates spall but the armor behind fuel tank

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Not for Leopard 2, Abrams, maybe more.
But these two already are most popular MBT platforms on top tier you can meet.
Leopard 2 simply has them out of crew compartment.
Abrams trades the fuel explosions for plates which spall (if penetrated after fuel).

Cant confirm that like percentage wise, but as a soviet main, fuel tanks take a huge part of my deaths in total.
They can be fair and BS with things like a round barely penetrating and one shrapnel setting off fuel tank without even blacking it out.

Lol, a 30mm HEAT grenade fuel exploded my T-90M from the front

This is essentialy “fire too big to extinguish using laughable means the crew has at hand” scenario, and even then fire should kill the tanks about 10 times more.often.