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Tied has been trying to get me to post here for months, and he has finally convinced me to join up. So without further ado here is a post I made on the SA forums since I see there isn't a T-80 thread.

I still remember what one ex-Soviet tank company commander told me after he went to Israel and served on Merkavas - "Agava sights are such type of sights where when you look in it, you are not sure if

Lostarmor article on T-80BV in Yemen war.                              


   Today is a birthday of Nikolay Sergeevich Popov (December 14, 1931 - February 4, 2008)

   General Designer of JSC Special Design Bureau of Transport Engineering (Design Bureau Spetsmash), creator of the T-80, T-80U tank and its modifications, as well as a number of experimental vehicles. Hero of Socialist Labor. Laureate of the Lenin Prize.


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10 hours ago, AssaultPlazma said:

I thought the Russian Military hated the T-80 because of its gas guzzling turbines? Didn't some high level official say something along the lines of "we'll never make/use turbine powered tanks ever again!" after the whole Grozney Fiasco (not that, that was the tanks fault....) 

   "Russian military" have different factions in it. 

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15 hours ago, AssaultPlazma said:

I thought the Russian Military hated the T-80 because of its gas guzzling turbines? Didn't some high level official say something along the lines of "we'll never make/use turbine powered tanks ever again!" after the whole Grozney Fiasco (not that, that was the tanks fault....) 


The turbines serve better in the arctic hence why the modernized T-80 are being supplied to the arctic units. 

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   BREM-80U. Was created mainly because of export reasons (customers wanted their T-80Us to be supported by vehicles on the same chassis, T-80U in early/mid 1990s was considered as one of main export tanks).






   The crew of the machine consists of four people: the driver, the commander, the specialist in systems and the welder/rigger. In addition, a seat for a fifth person was installed, which allows, if necessary, to have another specialist on the BREM-80U or to transport the wounded from the battlefield.


   For carrying out repair and evacuation works, the BREM-80U is equipped with special equipment:

  • main winch;
  • auxiliary winch;
  • hoisting crane;
  • dozer blade;
  • towing equipment;
  • freight platform;
  • electric welding equipment.



   At the Russian Expo Arms 2011






   The rated loading capacity of the platform for the continuous transportation of goods without limiting the speed of the vehicle is 1500 kg. Allowed transportation on a platform of goods weighing up to 4000 kg over short distances at a speed of up to 8 km / h.


   Demonstration performances of the BREM-80U at the Rembat-2018 military sports competition: record evacuation of six immobilized combat vehicles at once



   The armament of the BREM consists of an open-type 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine-gun mount, four AKS-74 assault rifles, an RPG-7, and a signal pistol. Camouflage on the battlefield is provided by the smoke grenade launch system.

   4 BREM-80Us were bought by Cyprus.

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   From article, a bit of information about T-80U and UA for Cyprus


   In the mid-2000s, Cyprus upgraded its T-80U to the level of T-80UA by installing Plisa thermal imaging sights. A deal worth $ 12.1 million was concluded in 2004. In 2009, at an arms exhibition in Omsk, it was announced that Cyprus intends to acquire a new batch of upgraded T-80Us in the amount of 41 units with a total value of 115 million euros. As in the first contract, 14 tanks were supposed to be delivered in the commander's version. In addition, Cyprus acquired four BREM-80U.


   The first batch of 27 tanks was delivered to the customer in 2010, the second of 14 units in 2011. With the last batch Cyprus received ARV. At the same time, the shipment of tanks was again carried out from the pstocks of the Russian Ministry of Defense, but the BREM-80U were new. Russian-supplied combat vehicles replaced 52 obsolete French AMX-30s, which were in service with the 20th Tank Brigade of the National Guard of Cyprus.


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On 1/22/2020 at 3:23 AM, AssaultPlazma said:

I thought the Russian Military hated the T-80 because of its gas guzzling turbines? Didn't some high level official say something along the lines of "we'll never make/use turbine powered tanks ever again!" after the whole Grozney Fiasco (not that, that was the tanks fault....) 


I have recently looked into the lostarmour.info website and found that there is a fuckton of new records particularly from Chechnya, Georgia or Angola. There are 24 listed T-80 tanks lost in Chechnya with 21 of them in the week between 26th December 1994 and 1st January 1995. After that 93 T-72 variants (73 Russian, 20 Chechen), out of them only 9 in the second war, and 12 T-62 (8 Russian and 4 Chechen). For sure not all of that was irrecoverable. 

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   Copy-pasting this here.


   Warsport article about driver training vehicles ("KhTV").

   KhTV-80"BV". Only known photos were made in Ussuriysk, tank repair factory number 205 (before it was closed). Vehicle was in Army service.





   KhTV-80. Not much info about it, although vehicle received Army number (means it was in service). With bunch of T-80Us it was scrapped by order of Serdukov.





   Another KhTV on T-80 chassis (unknown name)




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   And here is unknown model of T-80 that was adopted for service - T-80B2.



   Main difference between T-80B2 and T-80B was GL-ATGM - instead of Kobra T-80B2 model was armed with 9M128 Agona GL-ATGM. In 1985, when development of Agona was reaching it's goal, Svir and Reflex GL-ATGMs were already adopted for service, making Agona irrelevant in eyes of Soviet Army. But tank was adopted for service before army made final decision, and that decision was not to produce T-80B2.




   Agona ATGM reached state trials in 1986 and was adopted for service in 1988. It had tandem HEAT warhead, ~600-650 mm RHA penetration. Guidance system was similar or same as with Kobra - radiocommand. 

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