The Russian military has been spotted using a new up-armored T-72B3 main battle tank during a parade drill which will be held next month.
The tank’s overall protection has been increased by the addition of ‘relikt’ armor on the sides of the hull. This type of armor is used on Russia’s T-90MS, a tank which is for export customers.
Other protection upgrades include added armor in the rear of the turret and cage armor on the back of the hull.
An additional Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor (ERA) has been added to the hull.
The tank does not feature the commander’s panoramic sight which was seen on the T-72B3M (sometimes referred to as B4).
The displayed tanks also have new V-92 engines, which is the engine of the T-72B3M and the T-90 tanks.