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Russia details new T-80 tank variant, reports plans for renewed production

21st September 2023 - 14:10 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans in London


The T-80BVM has not been built since 2001, but Russia is reportedly preparing to restart production. (Photo: Russian MoD)

Russia has introduced an upgraded version of the T-80BVM main battle tank, designed for increased survivability based on combat experiences in Ukraine and aims to restart production of the type after a 20-year gap.

Russia has provided details of a new variant of the T-80BVM main battle tank (MBT), which has been modified to improve survivability based on combat experiences in Ukraine, a documentary broadcast by Zvezda TV on 10 September states.

The new variant is unnamed, but was shown to be equipped with a modified roof screen carrying explosive-reactive armour (ERA), additional ERA on the rear of the turret and sides of the hull, and a jamming system to counter drones.

The jamming system has been referred to as 'Breakwater', and consists of two, cone-shaped antennas magnetically mounted on the turret front. The

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Sam Cranny-Evans


Sam Cranny-Evans

Sam is a freelance defence analyst and consultant, as well as a RUSI Associate Fellow. …

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