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Russia reverses tank mothballing

6th December 2016 - 10:42 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia


The Russian MoD has announced plans to refurbish and upgrade its T-80BV MBT inventory in a reversal of a decision taken three years ago.

In 2013, the Russian MoD said it would withdraw the T-80s from active service, replacing it with the upgraded T-72B3 tank. By that time only about 80 T-80Us were still left in active service, all of these in the inventory of the 4th Tank Division, while all T-80BVs were placed in long-term storage. 

But now the T-80BV is to be revived after the chief designer of the T-80 family, Alexander Umanisky of design bureau Spetsmash,

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov

Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev


Krassimir Grozev

Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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