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   Hello, my friends and Kharkovites, take a sit and be ready for your brains to start to work - we are going to tell you a terrible secret of how to tell apart Soviet tanks that actually works like GLORIOUS T-80 and The Mighty T-72 from Kharkovites attempt to make a tank - the T-64. Many of capitalists Westerners have hard time understanding what tank is in front of them, even when they know smart words like "Kontakt-5" ERA. Ignoramus westerners!



   Because you are all were raised in several hundreds years old capitalism system all of you are blind consumer dummies, that need big noisy labels and shiny colorful things to be attached to product X to be sold to your ignorant heads and wallets, thats why we will need to start with basics. BASICS, DA? First - how to identify to which tank "family" particular MBT belongs to - to T-64 tree, or T-72 line, or Superior T-80 development project, vehicles that don't have big APPLE logo on them for you to understand what is in front of you. And how you can do it in your home without access to your local commie tank nerd? 



   Easy! Use this Putin approved guide "How to tell appart different families of Soviet and Russian tanks from each other using simple and easy to spot external features in 4 steps: a guide for ignorant western journalists and chairborn generals to not suck in their in-depth discussions on the Internet".




Chapter 1: Where to look, what to see.


T-64 - The Ugly Kharkovite tank that doesn't work 


   We will begin with T-64, a Kharkovite attempt to make a tank, which was so successful that Ural started to work on their replacement for T-64 known as T-72. Forget about different models of T-64, let's see what is similar between all of them.










   Almost all T-64s have 1 thing in common - chassis. It includes Kharkovites-made suspension and Khrakovites-made engine compartment. Let's begin with suspension!



   Look at those puny all-metal stamped aluminium rollers with huge gaps between each other, those are rollers not for a real tank! 




   They are so narrow! Definitely to work as self-digging knifes when tank lose tracks, to make tank stuck in the even smallest amount of dirt. Who thought that this laughable design will work well on a combat vehicle fighting off-road? Only those dirty crazy Kharkovites!




   Look and remember those puny rollers for APCs that somebody mounted on 40 tons tank! Central hexahedron (3) with 6 bolts, 10 slight cavities/ round "dents" (2) around it just to increase a price of each roller so Kharkovites could take more money from country and visible swing arm (1) that holds this engineers metal joke - they are give away of T-64 tank.


   But what if you can't see sides? Well, our guide got you covered here!

   From the rear you are looking for 2 things:



1 is engine exhaust, it is wide and located almost on top of the engine compartment rear plate, and it looks like harmonica, which is probably what was used to reverse-engineer by lazy Kharkovites.

2 is engine compartment rear plate, there is not much details on it if it is T-64. This is usual for T-64 because of their crazy engine that only mad man could mount inside of the tank. 


   From the front you are also looking at 2 visible details:



   Luna IR light (1) is located on the left part of the tank (if we are looking from the tank) and single driver periscope (2), as Party told - for each driver - a periscope.


   Not only visible featues can help you to identify this terrible tractor that was disguised as a tank - the engine sound of it will inform everybody around that this vehicle is near you!



   If you hear sounds similar to sounds of Soviet motor bicycle - that is either Soviet motor bicycle or T-64 (which is not that different from Soviet motorbicycle speaking between us). 


   Was it hard? No! To spot dirty Kharkovite T-64 - look at rollers, if they are puny and gaps between them are big = T-64. If from the rear you see wide grills on upper part of rear plate = T-64 (except T-80UD). If Luna IR light is on the left side of turret (looking from T-64) and periscope for driver is one and only per Party request = T-64 (with exception of first model of T-64 and Ukrainian T-64s, which our incrtedible guide will may or may not bother to cover in next chapters).





T-72 - the Mighty weapon of Workers and Peasants to smash westerners


   Unlike tank look-alike, made by Kharkovites mad mans, T-72 is true combat tank to fight with forces of evil like radical moderate barbarians and westerners. Thats why we need to learn how identify it from T-64 and you should remember it's frightening lines!






   Look at this suspension - this is how a real tank suspension looks like! Look at those big wide powerfull rollers to support armor and weapons of Mighty T-72:



   T-72 rollers is different from T-64s, even if (1) is still hexahedron, T-72 desingers didn't wanted to be like dirty Kharkovites, so they made a detail different by adding a big bulge in the center. Not feeling enough, they added 6 additional bolts (2) around center 6 bolts, just to be sure that Kharkovite tank parts are not compatable with their mighty tank! But this was not enough, so Ural workers added a rubber bands (3), to gain superior riding comfort for proletariat crew, compared to those barbaric Kharkovites, that force true socialists and defenders of the Fatherland to ride in the tank with all-metal rollers! How could Soviet leaders not see such obvious attempt of sabotage of Soviet army fighting capabilities - using all-metal rollers in a modern tank?! Only Ural workers are true socialists making their best to propel Soviet army into the bright Future of Communism in rollers covered in rubber!


   From the rear:



1 is empty, nothing intresting, just armor and usefull tools, like every tank should have.

2 - see round armor plate in the middle with 5 big manly bolts holding it? This is give away of the T-72 - it is internal fan armor cover.


   Because T-72 engine is battle-proven diesel based on legendary V-2 engine from GLORIOUS KV-1, instead of small engine with giant airfilters that nullify advantages of smaller engine and doesn't fix disadvantages of that crazy engines that only out of their minds Kharkovites could use for a combat vehicle that was expected to fight the Last war of Humanity, we should also know engine compartment batter than T-64's engine deck.




   Engine exhaust (1) is located on the left spectrum of political views side of the tank, with air intakes (2) sucking air to keep capitalist-hating engine alive to propel Soviet army into bourgeois army and crush them with mighty rollers with rubber bands to increase comfort of the crews and those, who are crushed. Used air is pushed out of the tank via grills (3), to warm up atmosphere and to make green Euroweaklings cry.


  From the front:


A Soviet soldier stopping T-72s from premature invasion of nearby capitalist "freethinking" decadent oppression state.


   Luna IR light is on the right side of the tank turret, to make driver exit much safer, as he doesn't need to be in front of the tank co-axial MG, unlike those Kharkovite crappy tanks that don't care about Soviet soldiers! And a single driver periscope, as Party promised!


   A roar of T-72 diesel engine sounds like what normal tank should have, instead of engines, stolen from your local motorbike gang. 


   So, to spot T-72 look for mighty rollers to crush enemies, IR light on the right with engine exhaust on the left side, poluting air with particalce of Socialism, that will infect lungs of EuroWeaklings airheads, and big round armored cover on the rear, to hold a powerfull airsystem fan inside of T-72. If fan is left without big chunk of stell holding it in place, it will fly right out of engine compartment towards suprised heads of nearby owners of the means of production that are not under Proletariat State control, chopping their heads to benefit the opressed Working class! 



The GLORIOUS T-80 - a Weapon to Destroy and Conquer bourgeois countries and shatter westerners army


   And now we are looking at the Pride of Party and Soviet army, a true tank to spearhead attacks on decadent westerners, a tank that will destroy countries by sucking their military budgets and dispersing their armies in vortex of air, left from high-speed charge by the GLORIOUS T-80!


The T-80 shooting down jets by hitting them behind the horizont 



The T-80U use Lenintation device to levitate above ground and see end of capitalists invaders hordes



T-80U making their way to US soil by driving out of a pass through planet core of the Earth from USSR bases to US lands of immorality. 


    T-80 is last and most advanced Soviet MBT, a true pinnacle of Soviet Planned Economy and result of wise policy of the Party. Soviet Guards needed a Superior weapon to wipe out hordes of imperialists, which herded their workers and peasants into Malls and Hypermarkets to suck their hard-earned money for another shiny thing that they don't need and distract their attention by TV talk shows about their cheating husbands and elections of another man, who already was payed by capitalists and exploiters of working class! The only way to combat sex and drugs culture of the West is hard steel and gas turbines of the East!


   In order to create a superior weapon to T-72 (yes, there is such a weapon!) Leningrad designers mounted a more powerfull engine - the gas turbine engine, to their new tank. This engine was able to propel that 45 tons tank to higher speed than average Soviet worker car, so engineers of the best Design bureau of the Soviet Union created new suspension, even superior to T-72 suspension!




   This suspension is at first looks similar to T-72's, but make no mistake - it is different. Let's look at T-80 rollers first!  






   Central bulge is still here, but now with even more bolts around it - 10 + another 10! This roller also have rubber bands, but T-80 was so faster than both T-64 and T-72 that creators added rubber on tracks too! T-80 is charging to future of Earth-wide Communism on rollers covered in rubber moving at trucks, covered in rubber for smoother ride to Ultimate social system that Humanity ever known!




   Not only T-80 have different rollers, but they are located differently from T-64's puny jokes and T-72's imperialists skull crushers:



  Note distinctive "paired" rollers in the middle. If you notice them your brains will "sort out" 4 others in their own "pairs" like this:


   Even if rollers in pair 3 have relatively big gap between each other, this will not break overal pairing of rollers. This will help to you to tell T-80 apart from others, less powerfull tools of spreading socialism into your bedrooms. If your brain can't do that - ask your doctor if you had a brain injury, or you are sick with the "Arrogance of Westerners" syndrome, discovered by great doctor of the Soviet Union - awarded by the Order of Stalin Ivan Milyukhin Robinovichev.


   From the rear:



   From the rear you are looking at engine exhaust (1), located closer to the center of rear armor plate. This exhaust in bigger in vertical plane and narrower in horizontal plane than T-64's, and it is also located lower that T-64's exhaust. T-80's superior exhaust is much closer to square than T-64's badly-designed and poorly made harmonica that works like exhaust only because Kharkovites drilled it enough times to let gases out of it to poison warriors of Motherland with their partially burned mixture of exhaust gases and diesel fuel fumes.


   T-80 superior engine, as all real Russians, can use vodka to work and it needed different engine compartment than Kharkovites-made one, so they designed a new engine compartment:



   And again, you are looking for 1 thing - air intakes (1) that on the GLORIOUS T-80 are located near turret rear. The rest of engine deck is flat and can work as sleeping place for soldiers of the victorious Soviet Army, keeping them warm in cold nights of the Cold war. 


   From the front:



   Because Soviet Guardsmens are best warriors of the Socialism, the Party leadership created a new 5 year plan to give to each guardsmen tank driver not 1, not 2, but 3 vision periscopes (2),to increase ability of drivers to see next capitalist, running in fear, to crush him with T-80s unstoppable trucks. To help to see capitalistic profit-soaked vehicles and profit-dreaming faces of imperialists in the night, T-80 is equipped with Luna IR light (1), mounted on the right side of the turret (looking from the tank). And here, the Kirov factory workers care for Guardsmen can be seen - Luna light block exit for driver to the right from gun, so drivers could exit tank on the left side of main gun, without co-axial MG looking in their backs with it's cold and possibly ready to fire barrel, something that saboteurs from Kharkov ignored in their careless mock-up of the real tank.


   Another way to ID T-80 is sound of furious GTD-1000 or GTD-1250 engines, very characteristic and will remind sounds of airplanes for many people.




   A whistling sound of pure hatred to American and NATO invaders, it can't be mistaken with sound of Kharkovites-build motorbicycle engine of the T-64 and roar of T-72 Ural diesel.  


   So, to spot Superior tank you should see if big wide rollers have too many bolts and if they are arranged in 3 "pairs" per side. From the front, 3 driver periscope will give away a Superior Leningrad tank, while a big squar-ish exhaust, located near the center of rear armor plate, will indicate a gas turbine engine, that only Superior tanks like T-80 use (unlike inferior T-80UD, a Kharkovite abomination and attempt to violate the Spirit of the Communism, the power of T-80 ideology by putting their revolting 5TD/6TD engines that were created during schizophrenic seizures of the Main Kharkovite madman).



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T-72: Ural workers cleaning the mess after Kharkovites failed with their tractor!

How to make a tank version of AK, by Ural. 

   After initial testing of T-64 Army started to understand the scale of failure, how utterly unworkable this abomination was in majority of Soviet Fatherland. The engine had to be warmed before ignition like Italian supercar for rich Italian mafia members that oppress simple Italian workers and parasitize the working class! How could they even think about making such engine? The puny rollers weight distribution and driving comfort was terrible, and noisy as well. Those Kharkovites tried to ensure that Westerners army could track T-64-equipped armies from miles away even without direct line of sight! Traitors!

   And if tank lost tracks in combat and Soviet army engineers tried to pull damaged T-64 out of the battle, those punny rollers just buried themselfs because how thin they were, working as a self-entranching knifes and by this completely jamming suspension and not allowing to pull tank from the battlefield, just to ensure that Westerners will win! Those Kharkovites know no shame for their traitor rollers!

   Only Ural is really working for liberation of oppressed workers in the world by making a tank that any peasent and factory worker can use to throw off the shackles of capitalism from his hard working hands!


T-72 Ural - a T-64 done right... i mean.. left!


   Army understood that this abomination - the T-64 - can't work in majority of the Fatherland so they decided to ask Ural to step in and help the country and cause of Lenin and make a tank that had all fancy features that Kharkovites promised for T-64 but designed not by politically unreliable people that made a mechanically unreliable vehicle to undermine achievements of Socialism and current 5 year plan. 

   A true communists of Ural took a task and delivered everything Army asked - a reliable and powerfull diesel engine that doesn't have cylinders arranged by a 5 years old boy who like to smash his toys against each other head on; a big and powerfull 125 mm smoothbore main gun; and of course rollers, covered in rubber for ultimate comfort and stealth! And proud workers of Ural called that tank a T-72 Ural, a tank that will start a big family of powerfull tanks that will fight all over the world!

   How you can distinguish a T-72 Ural from others, more younger versions? Easy!


   A single driver periscope (1) will be used on all T-72 tanks and T-72 based vehicle as it is economical and good enough for driver, you can equip a lot of tanks with those periscope and still complete your part of 5 year plans!

   Luna IR (2) light is located on the right part of the turret, together with coaxial MG, unlike T-64's left location of IR lamp. 

   T-72 Ural doesn't have anything on turret frontal armor (3) with exception of Luna, only naked steel to resist capitalist-made profit-making projectiles with power of superior communist steel and a bit of sand of Motherland, soaked with Nazi fascist blood.

   And of course, a single-pin tracks (4) indicates that it is an old vehicle, the 2-pin incredible high-tech tracks were only discovered during creation of Glorious T-80.

   But what if you see a left side of this tank, and it doesn't have IR lamp? Well, that it is even easier to distinguish T-72 Ural from others tanks!


   A high-tech optical rangefinder (1) helps to peasant gunner to measure distance to NATO invaders and accuratly hit them, while the crew is still protected by naked steel (2) of Ural and by Ural!

   So to spot a superior T-72 Ural you are looking for a T-72 equipped with IR light, optical rangefinder, naked turret and usually a single-pin tracks with side square rubber skirts (if is an old photo). 


T-72A - how to decrease amount of capitalism in your sights by shooting lasers!

   Ural workers, after creating and launching T-72 in production, never stopped to improve their tank in order to not give traitorous Kharkovites any ability to sell more of their sabotage tractor on puny rollers disguised as a combat vehicle. In order to achieve even better combat capabilites against decadent profit-only-dreaming capitalists Ural installed better sights with laser rangefinder and FCS on their T-72, which became a T-72A.


   So, how you can tell if you look at T-72 Ural or T-72A? Main difference is on the turret:


   True socialists of the Ural understood a main problem with optical rangefinder - a worker and soldier of Fatherland had to match 2 images of capitalist in his sight in order to find a range to him. Not only you should have looked at decadent westerner for prolonged period of time during combat, but you were looking at 2 images of him! It is 2 times more decadency per capitalist that free komsomolets should have witness during combat and what is allowed by Party and Narkom of Health!

   In order to decrease hazardous and health problems of seeing 100% more concentrated capitalism per capitalist, Soviet engineers created a ray emitter that could measure distance to enemies by shooting red communism laser to their fat bodies and tell exact range to increase accuracy of firing main gun! This deivce was installed to gunner sight, which mean that second optical device was not needed, and it was removed, leaving only hard Ural steel (1) to protect Defenders of Soviet Rodina. 

   Another modification was smoke grenade launchers (2) on turret frontal armor, that would help in combat to Soviet Army tank crews in their fight against clearly inferior American M60s and their Europen lackey's Leopards 1s. 

   Also, side frontal-facing skirts were removed and just rubber skirt (3) was installed as there were no need in those. Ural workers continue to optimise tank designes to better execute a 5 years plans!

   Later versions of T-72A have different location for their grenade launchers in order to make a driver exit from vehicle easier, a clear example how much Ural factory workers care about warriors of the Soviet Army:





T-72AV - a T-72 with strong explosive flavor.

Choke on that, dirty capitalists!


T-72AVs fighting decadent Saudi-capitalists backed arab-islamic fascists


   After creation of T-72A Ural workers did not lay on their backs full of pride of their achievements, they continued their work to improve T-72 in order to reach Socialistic future!

   New innovation came from unexpected place - the Berlin wall! During 80s Soviet leadership was thinking how to prevent Western spies and agitators from entering Free Socialistic part of Germany. Answer was simple - build a trans-European wall from northen to southern coasts of free Socialistic part of Europe in order to keep decadent filth out of minds of peasant and workers.

   But there was a problem - radical democrat agitators would try to climd over this wall to get to unprepared to their propaganda minds of citizens of new Socialistic Republics. In order to prevent that, comrades from NII Stali proposed to use bricks filled with movement-sensative explosive in external part of the wall, which would launch spies and agitators from the wall back into their profit-obsessed outdated societies in a moment when they try to climb over it! Because those bricks with explosive were activated by a contact with a surface of the brick, this system was named Kontakt. During full testing of this innovative idea of keeping westerners out of Free part of Europe, interesting side effect was discovered - those bricks were capable to prevent wall breeches by rockets, even with HEAT anti-tank warheads! 

   Results of those tests reached engineers in Ural, which argued to use those bricks as additional protection for their mighty T-72, instead of wasting them on gaint walls. During discussion of this idea at Congress of the Communist Party it was decided that this wall would also block refugees from decadet countries from entering Socialistic world, leaving them in those terrible places suffering terrible TV shows, commercial brakes and paid healthcare system. It was decided to use produced bricks for T-72A instead, and this is how T-72A Vzrivnoy was born!




   T-72AV can be distinguished from T-72A by 3 easy to spot differences - Kontakt-1 ERA bricks on the turret (1) mounted in a V-shaped layout with a tip aimed at capitalist hords, ERA bricks on the UFP (2) and ERA on the side of the hull (3) covering 2/3 of the tank side. 

   Moreover, T-72AV had 2 rows of ERA, protecting commander hatch (4), with additional ERA coverage of the turret roof and over the gun mount (5).



   If you think that T-72AV is T-72A with ERA blocks mounted rather randomly, looking at those photos, you will be right as those are just T-72As that drove through pre-build section of Great Communism Wall, while covered in glue.




   Kontakt-1 worked not only against HEAT anti-tank rockets, but it was very capable in it's primary role as anti-spy and anti-agitators protection! No Chamberlain-dispatched spy or Nixon-payed agitator managed to sniff out any information on T-72AV. Kontakt-1 was so effective that incompetent Westerners didn't managed to get name of the vehicle righ! A true success of comrades from NII Stali and Ural workers!



T-72B obr 1985 - communism-guided gun-launchable anti-capitalism missiles!

Extending long arm of Kremlin

   After yet another victorious modification of T-72, Ural didn't stopped to advance design of best Soviet tank. Workers now layed their eyes on more advanced weapons than just a cannon shooting dumb projectiles - Guided missiles was a new target in next 5 year plan for Ural engineers!



   Party ordered Ural to continue to improve T-72AV, which Ural did in form of T-72B - a more advanced capitalist crusher than any T-64 made by treacherous Kharkovites! Ural workders added protection to hull frontal armor, new turret with increased frontal protection featuring NERA (Never Ever Rely on Americans), in addition to ERA of the T-72AV to stop or deflect profit margin projectiles from bodies of Fatherland defenders! 

   But true komsomoltsy of Ural knew that Socialism should suppress inferior forms of economic order like capitalism in all areas - and maximum range of accurate anti-tank fire was one of most important! In order to achive that workers and peasants of UKBTM decided to use anti-tank guided missiles to reach all imperialists on a battlefield on which soldier and liberator of Soviet army can lay on eyes. If Soviet warrior can see imperialist aggressor - tank should be able to defeat that invader!

   Workers and peasants of UKBTM made modification to gunner sight so now it was able to not only shoot a single ray of communism to measure distance, but to create a whole tonnel made out of pure Party-approved communism rays to guide a missile through it right to a mercenaries of decadent West at distance up to 4 km and penetrate their armor that was cheaply made for a big profit! Western exploitation of worker class will be closer to defeat with new longer and powerfull arm of Soviet liberator tankers! European thin-skinned cats will be penetrated easily with this new armor-punching fist of Soviet Rodina!

   In order to spot new T-72B and tell apart it from T-72AV a true komsomolets need to look at the turret:


   Workers and peasants of Ural changed layout of ERA on turret front (1), it is no longer V-shaped (which was used on T-72AV) as turret armor was improved and became larger, ERA blocks in V-type loyout will be in the way of driver. It have distinct lower layer of ERA blocks mounted horizontally, while upper blocks - vertically. Secondary/night sight (2) of T-72B is also bigger (although not every T-72B obr 1985 have those mounted and may use older models), with added device to open armored cover from inside of turret for decreasing danger of exposure of Soviet warriors to capitalist advertising in European towns, decadent teachings of consumerism and dust from nuclear fury of Brezhnev! 


   From all angles hull have no easily-noticeable features that will help to tell it apart from T-72AV. Hull still have big ERA side protectin against coward mercenaries of West! 



   This T-72B obr 1985 have lower part of turret ERA taken off, but you can still see rails for ERA blocks. Smoke grenade launchers and ERA layout on turret turret is similar to T-72AV, so to spot T-72B only turret front is needed, comrade. 


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T-80 - The Best tank ever made by USSR.

NOT BY YOU, Kharkovites!




    After everybody understood that Kharkovites can't build a tank that work well enough for the Last War of the Humanity, the Leningrad designers started to work on their view of a battle tank that can actually fight and win. They saw a main problem with T-64 - it was slow, too slow to do the job. What job you may ask? To disperse capitalism particles in the air, of course!


   According to scientific work of the professor Ivan Rasputin Drinkovodkavich the air of the capitalist countries were full of capitalism particles, which would resist incursion of the socialists tanks by creating a strong resistance force and they will block any attempts to build communism in this area, as people will breathe this capitalism-soaked air and this would infect their minds by ideas of free markets and useless things that they usually sell. In order to combat this, a fast-moving tank was needed, that could displace air so fast, that particles of capitalism would be ejected from it and a path for cammunism particles would be open.


   LKZ engineers understood that, and were working hard to build such vehicle, that could destroy westerners mercenary armies, blow away capitalism-infected air and fill it with Particles of Communism. Kirov factory workers also understood that the only way to finally kill Kharkovite abomination was to sabotage it by creating their new tank from the T-64 tractor. And the work began, until in 1976 their first itteration of their new Best tank was adopted by Soviet army!



T-80 (Object 219) - the saboteur, destroyer of the T-64




   First serial produced T-80 were disguised as T-64s so Kharkovites would not understand what is happening. They were thinking that their glory started to spread to Leningradians, but they were wrong! Nobody payed attention to a new hull, as nobody knew how to ID T-64 from not-so-T-64 tanks. Idiots! Leningradians added T-64A turret on top of their new hull, by which they slowly were changing T-64 into their new tank. That turret was a main way to disguise new T-80 to look like T-64!




   This is a turret of the T-64A that was used on first T-80s. (1) is part of rangefinder and (2) is a cut in roof and frontal turret armor for gunner sight. 


   But maskirovka, used by Kirovitsy, did not stopped on using T-64A turrets... look at those T-80s!



   Yes, look at frontal armor - only 1 periscope for a driver! Kirovtsy were playing full-Bagration with such level of deception of Kharkovites and their patrons in power! "But Comrade, you said that all T-80s have 3 driver periscopes!"  Yes, they do, comrades, if we count secondary (small periscopes), which T-64s also have.




   (1) is driver hatch with 2 additional smaller periscopes, which T-64s also had. That big plate wielded to UFP is a result of T-80s upgrade to T-80B level of protection, dear Kirov factory fans.


   Kirovtsy manage to disguise their tank pretty well. And how we will ID it from Kharkovites puke? Only in main way as our guide already covered - by suspension, comrades, Kirov factory did their maskirovka pretty well!



Original T-80, sneaking behind T-64 to bite it and turn into T-80U!




The T-80B (Object 219R) - toppling the T-64 Czar!

(yes, straight to the T-80B, without making T-80A, remember that, Kharkovites)


   It is a time to hit Kharkovites right in their fat belly! Their patrons did not noticed how Leningrad managed to grow a new tank just under their noses! Only Kirov factory knows how to make Best tanks, and not those Kharkovites, who want to sell Socialist achievments of USSR to those soulless Westerners. Leningrad will support the Fatherland with their tanks, superior to those untrustworthy Kharkovites crude creations! And who the hell put 40 tons tank on such puny rollers anyway?!




    How we can ID the T-80B from other tanks? It looks like not much changed in it. Kirov factory still plays maskirovka? No! Just a bit of attention will make things clear!




   (1) is 3 periscopes, as Leningrad workers promised to Party, (2) is no longer a rangefinder part, but now it is a radio antenna for Kobra GL-ATGMs, to give to Glorious Soviet Guards tankers a hands long enough to choke a president Nixon right from English Channel! (3) is Luna IR light on the right side of the turret (unlike on T-64), it is there to cut through the darkness of nights and education of people in capitalist countries, as they will definitely not have such civilized public service as a working free night lights as there is no profit in it! Don't forget smoke grenade mortars, mounted on turret frontal armor.




   Note that there is no longer cuts in roof and frontal armor for gunner sight, and turret shape is different from T-64 turrets - frontal armor is closer to vertical, than sloped, showing how advanced T-80B turret was, compared to those funny tanks on little rollers from Kharkov.



   T-80B and T-64B next to each other.







The T-80BV (Object 219RV) - if you kick it, it explode you!

A Hedgehog with explosive needles, try that Reagan!




   Kirov factory knows how to defeat enemy anti-tank weapons that try to explode Socialism-spreading machines of Brezhnev - explode them before they can explode you! Strap Kontakt-1 ERA everywhere and laugh at those puny westerners, freaked out bya tank that kick their shells back at them!

   (1) is Kontakt-1 ERA blocks on turret roof, (2) is V-shaped K-1 ERA, covering turret from profit-making imperialist AP projectiles, (3) is Kontakt-1 protecting frontal hull armor.
   ERA on turret have notable stepped layout in horizontal plane, this will help to tell it apart from Kharkovite T-64BV, which also use Kontakt-1 to cover their shame, only they use different layout. Other than ERA, turret of the T-80BV is same as T-80B externally - radio antenna to choke Nixons and Chamberlains from English channel, no cuts in turret roof for gunner sight, Luna IR light on the right to cut trough darkness of Western countries without public illumination.
   And this is how you ID Superior T-80BV from Kharkovite attempt to prolonger life of their terrible vehicle - look at turret frontal ERA. If it have "steps" like layout (looking from the gun to turret sides) than it is not T-64BV, which mean that you should be affraid, spiritless Westerner!
The T-80U (Object 219AS) - Ultimate Soviet Guards Battle Tank
to deliver free healthcare to your country!
   T-80U. It is easy to spot and hard to confuse with anything Kharkovites made, before they created their Kharkovite-80UD, an attempt to undermine BEST SOVIET TANK. YOU KHARKOVITES HAVE NOTHING SACRED!
   You can thank me for not counting all bolts!
   (1) is our old good friend - Luna IR light for night combat.
   (2) is commander sight that is quite distinctive from other models of Glorious tank (including that box over it).
   (3) is important, comrades, as it will allow you to tell apart T-80U from Kharkovite-80UD, as it is the ONLY visible difference between them FRONTALLY. T-80U have roof ERA frontal edge mounted in 1 straight line.
   (4) - both are gunner sights. Primary gunner sight have a cut in turret roof, Secondary (night) sight is as big (or bigger) than primary, which is different from previous models, which had smaller secondary (night) sight.  
   (5) - smoke grenades mortars, 4 per side, mounted stright on Kontakt-5 ERA blocks. If ERA would be hit, smoke will be automatically deployed, Soviet designers inventiveness have no borders!
   (6) - V-shaped Kontakt-5 frontal turret modules to cut trough profit-soaked air of western countries and to deflect their puny projectiles.
   (7) - Frontal hull Kontakt-5 assembly. Here it is, without explosives:
   It covers UFP almost completely, which is better than T-72Bs (sorry, Ural colleagues, Leningrad is better at this as we don't try to build tanks too cheap). 
   This is how you spot T-80U frontally. From the side:
   (1) - Side ERA modules. Those ERA modules are much better than both Kharkovite creations and Ural tanks, which use rubber to hang their reactive armor. Crazy people!
   The other thing that will help you to ID T-80U is airfilter, mounted to the rear part of turret.
   And this is how you don't confuse T-80U with anything else. 
The T-80UK (Object 630A) - a battle tank to be driven by Stalin. Personally.
Or other Great Leader of Communism.
   The T-80U was so good that Kirov factory received a special order to build a commander version of T-80U to be driven by Great Leaders of Communism personally! This is why T-80UK was created - made out of pure hatred to discont shops and unending stream of wordspuke out of capitalist oppressors heads about how workers are free in their system of exploiting human weaknesses!
   As a vehicle, that have a great leader of communism in it, or Lenin's holy relics, it should had better ways of delivering socialist ideals to other countries, that never knew the True light of Communism. Thats why Kirovtsy added a Shtora system - 2 big Communism rays emitters and 2 decadent capitalist sensors.
   The only external difference between it and T-80U is Shtora IR jammers Communism Rays emitter (2), laser sensors decadent westerners sesnors (1) and 6 smoke grenades per side. Other than those 2-3 differences, those ignoramus Westerners will have hard time identifying it!
The T-80UK emitting Communism at enemies to turn them to the left side!
The Kharkovite-80UD (Object - we will steal country money just to put our crazy diesel engine into T-80U to ruin it - 478B), a terrible abomination and violation of spirit of true Workers and Peasants ideals by untrustworthy Kharkovites to undermine T-80U achivements, but by this they admit that their T-64 tractor was inferior to Glorious Kirov factory creation, showing how much superior was a concept behind T-80, a true way of creating tanks that Kharkovites would never understand and because they don't understand it they just copied the Great tank of Soviet Guards Armies.
Kharkovites can't understand a concept of creating a tank which have everything behind and in it calculated to achive superior perfomance on battlefield against hordes of NATO invaders and not just to wave a pamflets with many paragraphs describing their unique inventions that they added to the tank without thinking about actual perfomances because Kharkovite is trying to sell his tank for personal profit, like decadent westerner, while only Kirov factory think about winning the war with imperialists.
  To ID this ugly abomination from T-80U from the rear you just need to see a Kharkovite-designed, build and mounted less powerfull diesel engine, which is mounted inside of re-designed (for state money!) engine compartment.
Remember those lines, as they contain a Earth-shattering filth
    But from the front it will be very hard to see a difference between Kharkovite-80UD and T-80U. Thats why i already told you about turret roof ERA layout - those Kharkovite hucksters didn't managed to make just one straight line showing their true level of engineering abilities!
On the left - T-80U turret, on the right - Kharkovite-80UD
   From the side Kharkovite-80UD lacks an airfilter behind turret.
   Those filthy tanks were the same tanks that shelled state buildings in 1993! This is when Kharkovite-80UD showed it's tue face - a traitor, just like Kharkovites that build it!

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Updated first post with Glorious Superior tank ID guide.


Small challange - name a T-family of those tanks:

Pair 1:


Tank A



Tank B



   Your answer?



Pair 2:


Tank A



Tank B




Pair 3:


Tank A



Tank B 



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It's a T-80Y, clearly.


In all seriousness though, I believe it is a T-80UE, based on snorkel and MG mounts.  Of special note on this one is the number of smoke dischargers, which number at 12 as opposed to 8.  I want to say 1, 3, 7, 8, and 10 are T-80UEs as well.


That being said, 2, 4, and 5 are T-80Us, 9 is a T-80BV and the odd one out here (with K-1), and 11 is a T-80UM (missing IR light). So:


1 - T-80UE

2 - T-80U

3 - T-80UE

4 - T-80U

5 - T-80U (Maybe T-80UD, can't see enough of engine deck)

6 - T-80UE

7 - T-80UE

8 - T-80UE

9 - T-80BV

10 - T-80UE

11 - T-80UM


I have the feeling I've called a T-80UK a T-80UE a time or two.

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In all seriousness though, I believe it is a T-80UE, based on snorkel and MG mounts.  Of special note on this one is the number of smoke dischargers, which number at 12 as opposed to 8.  I want to say 1, 3, 7, 8, and 10 are T-80UEs as well.


That being said, 2, 4, and 5 are T-80Us, 9 is a T-80BV and the odd one out here (with K-1), and 11 is a T-80UM (missing IR light). So:


1 - T-80UE

2 - T-80U

3 - T-80UE

4 - T-80U

5 - T-80U (Maybe T-80UD, can't see enough of engine deck)

6 - T-80UE

7 - T-80UE

8 - T-80UE

9 - T-80BV

10 - T-80UE

11 - T-80UM


I have the feeling I've called a T-80UK a T-80UE a time or two.


1 - not exactly

2 - wrng

3 - Yes (possibly T-80UE-1)

4 - wrng

5 - wrng (first answer)

6 - wrng

7 - not exactly

8 - not exactly

9 - Yes

10-not exactly



   Red are completely wrong. Those, which are not red are answers that can be declaredas wrong or right, depending on POV. Let's say this - UE and UA exist in microscopic numbers, and we can (or can't) count them as part of T-80U.


\Results: 4 wrng, 2 Yes, 4 not exactly/

   I give you 3 hammer and sickles out of 5 for this attempt. You didn't won your Moskvich, sorry.

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I may or may not have seen that there was actually a larger T-80 post separate from the OP when answering...   :wacko:  Forum skills, go!


Revised List:

1 - T-80UE something*

2 - T-80UD

3 - T-80UE

4 - T-80UD

5 - T-80UD

6 - T-80UK

7 - T-80UE something*

8 - T-80UE something*

9 - T-80UBV

10 - T-80UE something*

11 - T-80UD


*Unsure what could be, just T-80U?  Could you talk more about T-80UE and T-80UA as well? I'm outright unfamiliar with the UA.


One thing I still don't entirely get (this was a major factor in my first round) is the MG placement.  Some have the mount on the commander's cupola (assumed T-80U), whereas others have several mounts (4, assumed T-80UE) located across the turret roof.


Also, I'm not sure I've noticed the large, trapezoidal airlifter part  before, only the long tubes and stuff they hang on the back.  Lack of observance on my part I suppose.


Finally, is there much to say about the T-80A?

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T-80A was prototype, that later was developed into T-80U.


   Let's call all T-80UEs and UAs as just T-80U, as there isn't much accurate info around that can help to see differences between T-80U and T-80UA/UE. Reason is simple - T-80Us with E and A designations are T-80U after repair/overhauls. They received mainly internal changes like getting better sights and FCS.



I may or may not have seen that there was actually a larger T-80 post separate from the OP when answering...   :wacko:  Forum skills, go!


Revised List:

1 - T-80UE something*

2 - T-80UD

3 - T-80UE

4 - T-80UD

5 - T-80UD

6 - T-80UK

7 - T-80UE something*

8 - T-80UE something*

9 - T-80UBV 

10 - T-80UE something*

11 - T-80UD


*Unsure what could be, just T-80U?  Could you talk more about T-80UE and T-80UA as well? I'm outright unfamiliar with the UA.

If we assume that T-80UE/UA= T-80U, than:


1 - Yes

2 - Yes

3 - Yes

4 - Yes

5 - Yes

6 - Yes

7 - Yes

8 - Yes

9 - Yes (if you mean T-80BV, and not T-80UBV, lol)




11/11, 5 hammers and sickles out of 5, comrade winner. You won your weekend in Vladikavkaz resorts!


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Question; I had previously believed the bourgeois capitalist wikipedia when it said that T-80UK was a commander's variant that was identical to a T-80U just with some additional communications equipment.  But it was actually equipped with laser detectors and ATGM jammers on top of that?

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