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T-80
T80
Origin CCCP Soviet Union
Role Battle Tank
Manufacturer Nikolay Popov, LKZ
Primary user Russian Army
General characteristics
Crew 3
Length 9.9 m (32.6 ft)
Width 3.4 m (11.2 ft)
Height 2.2 m (7.2 ft)
Loaded weight 42 tons
Performance
Armament 125 mm 2A46-2 smoothbore gun
7.62 mm PKT coax MG
12.7 mm NSVT MG
Engine SG-1000 gas turbine
1,000 hp (745 kW)
Speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
Range 335 km (208 mi)

The T-80 is a third-generation main battle tank designed and manufactured in the Soviet Union. A development of the T-64, it entered service in 1976. The T-80U was last produced in a factory in Omsk, Russia, while the T-80UD and further-developed T-84 continue to be produced in Ukraine. The T-80 and its variants are in service in Belarus, Cyprus, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine. The chief designer of the T-80 was the Russian engineer Nikolay Popov.

BackgroundEdit

Built at the Kirov factory starting from March 1942, the T-80 is a modified version of the T-70 light reconnaissance tank, with the old 1-man turret replaced with a larger 2-man turret to improve combat effectiveness. The T-70 and T-80 replaced the T-60, which was originally intended as a replacement for the aging PT-38 amphibious scout tank and the sophisticated but expensive and complex T-50. The T-70 and T-80 addressed the main issue of the T-60 which had poor cross-country mobility and a weak 20mm main gun. All light tank production was stopped in October 1943 after only 180 T-80s being built, since the Red Army tactics no longer included the use of light tanks. The T-70 and T-80 chassis was used as a basis for the SU-76 and SU-85B tank destroyers which were used throughout the war.

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