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D&S 2019: Vietnam domestically upgrades T-54B tanks

13th November 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur


Vietnam has been conducting an indigenous programme to upgrade old Russian-built T-54B tanks to T-54M3 configuration, with a focus on improving their firepower, mobility, protection and communications.

The project involved three phases: the modernisation of a single tank by Israel Military Industries (IMI) in phase 1; Factory Z153 modernising three tanks in Vietnam under IMI’s supervision in phase 2; and the same factory modernising tanks independently using IMI kits as the final phase.

Z153 is a facility of the General Department of Engineering. The upgraded tanks feature an explosive reactive armour suite on their front and flanks.

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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