Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tanker's Tuesday: T90

The T-90 main battle tank is a further development of the T-72. It was accepted to service with Russian army in 1993 and it's low-rate production commenced in 1994. Currently Russian Army operates about 700 of these MBTs. Other sources claim, that there are about 1 000 T-90 main battle tanks of all variants in service. It is the most modern tank currently in service with the Russian Army, which has a requirement for about 1 500 of these tanks. Also it is the only mass-produced MBT in Russia. The T-90 is considered to be among the 10 best main battle tanks in the world. Currently it is the most commercially successful main battle tank on the global market. Export operators are Algeria (305), Azerbaijan (114), Turkmenistan (40) and Venezuela (50~100). The largest export operator is India which obtained 620 tanks in knock-down kits for local assembly and plans to produce 1 000 tanks locally.


Russian tank T-90 (1000HP) stuck in the mud

Monday, December 15, 2014

Odd Kit: Su-76I

Su-76i (inostránnaja - foreign) was Soviet self-propelled gun based on captured German Panzer III Ausf. H/J tanks. It was using Panzer III chassis and hull and 76 mm S-1 gun. It was produced since march 1943  until November 1943 with 201 tanks built. Su-76i was fighting in Kursk battle,  Prochorovka, Orel offensive... Two tanks survived and are now in Ukraine and in Moscow.