Thursday, October 23, 2014

Syria rebels destroy latest regime tank

Syrian rebels destroy one of the Syrian modifications of Russian-supplied T-72M1 tanks reported by Jane a few months ago


# IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
Syria enhances T-72 protection () {

By = Christopher F Foss, London
Date = 20 August 2014

Syria has developed a new passive armour package to enhance the survivability of its Russian-supplied T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBT) against RPG-7 rocket propelled grenades.

Photographs published on a pro-Syrian military Facebook page on 9 August show a T-72M1 with a locally designed bar/slat armour array fitted to its turret to provide increased protection against RPG-7 rounds through a full 360 degrees.

The bar armour is on an all-welded frame positioned a short distance from the turret. It would appear that gaps have been left in the left side of the bar armour so that the sighting system for the 125 mm smooth bore gun is not obscured.


At this stage, it unclear whether this is a prototype bar/slat armour installation or if the package has been deployed on Syrian Army T-72M1 for operations.

Syria operates a large fleet of Russian supplied T-72M1 MBT with some these fitted with the standard Russian explosive reactive armour (ERA) package, which only provides protection over the frontal arc.


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Video of the destroyed tank