SU-100 L Gun
1973 - Soviet T-72M MBT
Armament: 1 - 125mm 2A46 smooth bore gun
1 - 7.62mm MG coaxial
1 - 12.7mm remote controlled DShK AA MG
Engine: Model V-46,
V-12, diesel or multi-fuel, 840 hp
Speed: 50 mph
Range: 278 miles
Weight: 48.9 tons
The T72M was first seen in 1980. This version replaced the optical
finder with a laser. The T72M also has improved armor on the front. The
resulting thickened front led US Tankers to nickname it the "Dolly Parton"
Tank. Auto-loading system for the main gun which is stabilized in two planes. It can
fire 3 types of ammunition: APFDS, HEAT-FS and HEAT-FRAG. The gun can also fire
a laser guided AT missile. IR searchlight mounted to right side of main
armament. Dozer blade mounted on front hull and 2 - 200 liter fuel tanks
externally at rear. Sloped glacis with deep V-splash board. Can be fitted with
mine clearing equipment. Standard equipment includes NBC system, fire detection
and suppression, snorkel for fording up to 5 meters, night vision equipment.
Exported to former Warsaw Treaty members. An estimated 50,000 have been built.