“Flying” Russian battle tank can penetrate all types of armor

Saturday, 10 July 2010 18:06

The Russian Т-90S main battle tank is often called a "flying" tank. It weighs just 46.5 tons, far less than many foreign built tanks. The T-90S is almost unique in terms of rate of fire and it is capable of destroying many types of armor at the range of up to five kilometers.

The T-90S main battle tank is equipped with an automatic fire control system capable of detecting targets even at night and regardless of the weather. The sight is equipped with a thermal night-vision camera.

Reactive armor protects the Т-90S from armor-piercing and sub-caliber shells. The Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system can disrupt enemy anti-tank guided missiles. It has an early-warning capability which can alert the crew to an incoming attack, and release a smoke shield, thereby rendering the T-90S invisible to enemy weaponry.

Thanks to a powerful 1000-hp engine, the Т-90S can attain a top speed of 60 kph on the road and up to 45 kph on rough terrain.

Analysts say the T-90S has proven itself in high temperatures both in the Indian desert and in Malayan jungles.

The T-90S is popular among foreign customers for its superb combat and performance characteristics. The tank serves with the armed forces of India, Algeria and Saudi Arabia.

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