Ukroboronprom details latest T-80 upgrades

Ukroboronprom details latest T-80 upgrades

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received upgraded T-80BV main battle tanks, according to a 1 March press release from state-owned company Ukroboronprom.

The T-80BVs were upgraded to the same standard as the T-64 2017-standard tanks.

The upgrade of the T-80BV model allows a significant expansion of its combat capabilities, and the time required to integrate the new equipment allows it to be carried out during routine maintenance.

The T-80BV is fitted with third-generation night vision equipment, which utilises existing fittings to minimise changes and reduce costs. The gunner's sighting system has an integrated thermal imager, which detects, identifies, and engages enemy 125 mm guns at any time of day and in all weather conditions.

Other improvements include a satellite navigation system from Orizon-Navigation integrated into a digital battle management system, as well as Lybid K-2RB digital radios with a range of 70 km supplied by Dolya & Co.

The new tanks have been delivered to Ukrainian Airborne Force as well as Ukraine's Marine Corps.

The press release also states that the Kharkiv Armour Plant is scheduled to begin work this year to upgrade some of the T-80UDs in service with Ukrainian forces to the T-84 standard.