Ukraine delivers next Oplot-M tanks batch to Royal Thai Army. reported defence-blog.com. Ukrainian arms exporter has handed over the next batch of Oplot-M main battle tanks (MBT) under contract to the Royal Thai Army (RTA).

Initially delivered to the Port of Sattahip, Thailand, the tanks are scheduled to undergo final acceptance trials at an undisclosed location prior to induction into the army’s inventory.

Around 49 Oplot tanks were ordered by RTA’s operational command from Ukrspecexport under a $200m contract in September 2011.

Designed by Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) on the basis of the Ukrainian T-84 tank, and built by Kharkiv Malyshev Plant (KMP), the Oplot MBT is designed to destroy ground-based and low-flying, low-speed aerial targets, while offering superior protection and high mobility for soldiers.