The Soviet T-80 commonplace Tank used to be the final tank fielded earlier than the Soviet cave in, and the main arguable. just like the US M1 Abrams tank, the T-80 used a turbine energy plant instead of a traditional diesel. even if the layout used to be blessed with essentially the most refined armament, fireplace controls, and multi-layer armor ever fielded on a Soviet tank, its energy plant remained a resource of substantial hassle via its profession. It observed little or no carrier within the Chechen struggle, notwithstanding T-80 tanks have been utilized in a number of the neighborhood conflicts within the former Soviet Union within the Nineties.
Although the cave in of the Soviet Union may appear the tip of the tale, the T-80 lived on in Ukraine the place one among its tank crops used to be dependent. A diesel powered model of the T-80 was once constructed, the T-84, which was once effectively exported, together with an incredible sale to Pakistan to counterbalance the Indian Army's Russian T-90 tanks. Steven J Zaloga charts the little-known historical past of the T-80, protecting the preliminary building, in the course of the improvement to the following editions, the T-84 and Russia's enigmatic "Black Eagle Tank." Accompanying special cut-away paintings illustrates the bizarre layout positive factors that made the T-80 so controversial.
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APFSDS extra interpreting DZ Armor-Piercing, Fin-Stabilized, Discarding-Sabot, a kind of tank shell dinamicheskaya zashchita (dynamic security) period Explosive Reactive Armor The T-80 is still a bit of extra mysterious than the T-64 and T-72, as improvement continues to be underway in Russia and Ukraine. there was no historical past of the T-80 such as the Saenko/Chobitok T-64 background or the Ustyantsev/ Kolmakov T-72 background. Semi-official histories of the T-80 were released by way of LKZ less than Popov's identify and by means of VNII Transmash through Ashisk, yet those should not good exact. the most extraordinary records on Soviet tank improvement within the Nineteen Seventies is the lately published diaries of Aleksandr Morozov, edited via V. L. Chernyshev and published at the www. btvt. narod. ru web site. there's enormous insurance of T-80 improvement in Russian magazines corresponding to Tekhnika i Vooruzhenie. the writer has additionally had the chance to interview participants of the layout bureaus from LKZ, KhKBM, VNII Transmash, NIl Stali, and different agencies whereas attending quite a few overseas hands exhibits because the early Nineteen Nineties, in addition to to examine a variety of types of the T-80 and T-84. n. a. , Tank T-80B: Tekhnicheskoe opisanie i instruktsiya po eksplutatsii (MO-RF: 2001) Ashisk, M. V. et. aI. , Tank brosayushchiy vyzov vremeni: okay 25-letiyu tanka T-80 (Kaskad Poligrafiya: 2001) Bachurin, N. et. a!. , Osnovnoy boevoy tank T-80, (Gonchar-Poligon: 1993) Baryatinskiy, Mikhail, major conflict Tank T-80 (Ian Allan: 2007) Baryatinskiy, Mikhail, Tanki v Chechne, (Zhelezdorozhno delo: 1999) Hull, A. , D. Markov, and S. Zaloga, Soviet/Russian Armor and Artillery layout Practices: 1945 to the current (Darlington: 2000) Karpenko, Aleksandr, Raketnye Tanki (Tekhnika Molodezhi: 2002) Karpenko, Aleksandr, Obozrenie otechestvennoy bronetankovoy tekhniki 1905-1995 (Nevskiy Bastion: 1996) Lenskiy, A. G. and M. M. Tsybin, Sovetskie sukhoputnye voyska v posledniy god Soyuza SSR (Kompleks: 2001) Popov, N. S. et. al. Bez tayn i sekretov- ocherk 60-letney istorii tankovo konstruktorskogo byuro na Kirovskom zavode v Sankt-Peterhurge (Prana: 1995) Saenko, Maksim and V. Chobitok, Osnovnoy boevoy tank T-64 (Eksprint: 2002) Ustyantsev, Sergey and D. Kolmakov, Boevye mashiny Uralvagonzavoda: T-72 (Media-Prin! : 2004) Veretennikov, A. I. et. al. Kharkovskoe konstruktorskoe byuro po mashinstroY(Jniyu imeni A. A. Morozova (IRIS: 1998) Zaloga,Steven, T-64 and T-80 (Concord: 1992) Zaloga, Steven and David Markov T-80U-Russia's major conflict Tank (Concord: 2000) thesaurus GSFG staff of Soviet Forces in Germany GTA Guards Tank military GTD Guards Tank department GTR warmth sizzling KB-3 KBA KBM KBP Guards Tank Regiment High-Explosive Antitank Haut subsonique Optiquement Teleguide (High Subsonic Optical Guided), a French antitank missile Konstruktorskoye Biuro-3 (Design Bureau 3), tank layout bureau of LKZ, known as Spetsmash after 1992. Konstruktorskoye Biuro Artsistem (Artillery structures layout Bureau of the NPO Bolshevik Plant in Kiev). Konstruktorskoye Biuro Mashinostroeniya (Industry layout Bureau) in Kolomna Konstruktorskoye Biuro Priborostroyeniya (Instrument layout Bureau) in Tula KBTM Konstruktorskoye Biuro Transportnogo Mashinostroeniya (Transport layout Bureau): tank improvement heart of the Omsk tank plant KB Tochmash Konstruktorskoye Biuro Tochnogo mashinostroeniya (Precision layout Bureau) in Moscow KhKBM Kharkovskoe Konstruktoskoe byuro po Mashinostroeniyu im.