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Info
Nation Flag Soviet Union Soviet Union
Class Main Battle Tank
Variant(s) T-72
T-72A
T-72B1
T-72B
T-72B obr. 1987
T-72B obr. 1989
T-72BU
T-72K1
Cost 40 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 11 / Side 6 / Rear 3 / Top 2
Icon WALB Strength 10
Size Medium
Optics

Poor

Speed 60 km/h
Road Speed 110 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 1000 L
Icon WALB Autonomy 500 km
Icon WALB Year 1973
Icon WALB Type Mechanized, Armored
Weapons
Main Gun 2A26 (125mm, KE, AoE)
HMG NSVT (12,7mm)

The T-72 is a Soviet-designed main battle tank. It was designed to iron out faults found with the T-64, namely the complex suspension system and finicky electronics. It was very widely exported, mainly to nations sympathetic to the Soviet Union, in an even more stripped down form. This is what lead many Western observers to underestimate Soviet technology. In reality, the T-72 is a very powerful tank. It is armed with a 125mm 2A46 gun with 30 rounds of ammunition, and an NSVT HMG with 300 rounds.

Overview and tacticsEdit

  • The T-72 is well-suited to any Warsaw Pact tank group. It's a good blend of firepower, speed and armour, with basic versions also coming at a reasonably low points cost. The only real letdown with the basic T-72 is the inaccuracy of the main gun, but this is partially offset by the armour penetration.
  • The T-72A adds a poor quality stabilizer, marginally improving the tanks on-the-move accuracy. It also adds 400km to the range of the tank, vastly lowering supply needs. The T-72A is only slightly more accurate than the basic T-72. However, between that slight improvement and the stabilizer, the T-72A is a far more well rounded tank for only a small price hike.
  • The T-72B is worth mentioning in that it has 5 less rounds for its main gun, and 4 SVIR ATGM's. The SVIRs are powerful anti-armor weapons, and are far more accurate than the tank shells fired normally, but with only four, you'll need to resupply after most skirmishes. The T-72B is also 10 kph faster than the earlier models, the main gun does receive a boost to its accuracy, and the gun stabilization does not get any better.
  • The 125mm cannon common to all T-72 models is an excellent weapon, generally giving better damage than the 105mm cannons fielded by NATO tanks of the same era. Good frontal armor and satisfactory side armor make the T-72 good at receiving hits for a tank in its price range.
  • The T-72B has the most efficient engine of any tank in the game, able to go the longest distance on the less fuel than most.

HistoryEdit

T72

The T-64 was perhaps the world's most advanced battle tank design when introduced, but early problems with its 5TDF engine (similar to the L60 of the Chieftain), the road wheels, and inaccuracy of its main gun prompted Soviet leadership to seek a low-tech alternative with similar performance, especially after the high unit costs and labor-intensive manufacture process of the T-64 became obvious. The tank was too expensive to equip all the Soviet tank armies, let alone Warsaw Pact (WARPAC) allies.

An "economy" tank with the old design V-46 powerplant was developed from 1967 at the Uralvagonzavod Factory located in Nizhny Tagil. Chief engineer Leonid Kartsev created "Object 172", the initial design, but the prototype, marked "Object 172M", was refined and finished by Valeri Venediktov. Field trials lasted from 1971 to 1973 and upon acceptance the Chelyabinsk Tank factory immediately ceased T-55 and T-62 production to retool for the new T-72 tank.

At least some technical documentation on the T-72 is known to have been passed to the CIA by the Polish Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski between 1971 and 1982.

The T-72 first saw action with Syria in 1982 at Lebanon it suffered poorly to the Israeli M60A1 Patton and Merkava tanks and also saw action with Iraq in the Iran Iraq war it faces Iranian M60A1 Patton, M48 Patton, and the Chieftain. In 1991 during the Gulf War it also suffered poorly to the American M1A1 Abrams The Iraqi's have their version of the T-72 called the Lion of Babylon Iraq now use their T-72s for Training. There are many variants including the T-72B, T-72A, T-72K1, T-72B1 and T-90 as well as Engineering and Artillery versions of the T-72.

There are many operators of the tank East Germany, Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria, Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Finland, there were reports of T-72s in North Korea, Romania, Vietnam, Iran, Hungary, Libya, Czech Republic, Algeria and many more operators.

WeaponsEdit

AirLand BattleEdit

Weapons WAB Icon 2A26 WAB Icon NSVT
Type Main Gun HMG No Weapon
Name 2A26 NSVT
Caliber 125mm [KE] [AoE] 12,7mm
Ammo x 30 x 300
Range Ground = 1925 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = 1050 m
Helicopters = 875 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 5 3
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A N/A
AP Power 13 N/A
HE Power 4 0.75
Icon WALB Suppression 144 90
Rate of fire 7 r/min 500 r/min

Red DragonEdit

Weapons WRD Icon 2A26 WRD Icon NSVT
Type Main Gun HMG No Weapon
Name 2A26 NSVT
Caliber 125mm [KE] [AoE] 12,7mm
Ammo x 30 x 300
Range Ground = 1925 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = 1050 m
Helicopters = 875 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 35% 15%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 20% 5%
AP Power 13 N/A
HE Power 4 0.75
Icon WALB Suppression 144 90
Rate of fire 7 r/min 588 r/min

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