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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
Crew:             3
Weight:          48.9  tons

The T72M was first seen in 1980. This version replaced the optical range 
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.

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