Russian Armed Forces receives another batch of Arctic tanks
Omak Transport Machine Building Plant (Omsktransmash), a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation, has delivered its first annual delivery of T-80BVM tanks.
The T-80BVM is a line of Russian tanks powered by a gas turbine engine, which are undergoing modernisation at the Omsk plant.
The tanks passed quality control testing, in particular the tests for the hot season that include passing a major water barrier. An artificial reservoir was built at the test site for this purpose.
The tank’s reliability was also tested, up to 5,000km.
The T-80BVM is an improved version of the T-80BV tanks. It features increased firepower, protection, manoeuvrability and a new multichannel gunner’s sight.
The tank has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2019.
It has been promoted as being geared towards Arctic operations; however, there are criticisms regarding the tank’s Arctic capabilities.
In February 2021, the Russian MoD disclosed that it intended to take another delivery of approximately 80 T-80BVMs in the same year.
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