Friday, December 9, 2022

Excalibur offers T-72 main battle tank upgrade at IDET 2017

Czech Company Excaliburhas developed an upgrade package for the Soviet-made T-72 main battle tank. The set of upgrades for the T-72 main battle tank (MBT), with the improved vehicle designated called the T-4 72 Scarab or T-72 Scarab.

The Czech Company Excalibur unveiled it’s improved T-72 Scarab main battle tank during the International Fair of Defence and Security Technology (IDET) in Brno.

According to, the T-72 Scarab is motorized with the V-84 engine developing 618 kW replacing the original engine V-46-6. It can run at a maximum road speed of 60 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.


The T-72 Scarab of the Czech Company Excalibur keeps the main armament of the standard Soviet-made T-72 main battle tank which consists of one 125 mm (2A46) smoothbore gun fitted with a light-alloy thermal sleeve and a bore evacuator. The turret is fitted with a carousel automatic loader mounted on the turret floor and also on the rear wall of the turret.

The ballistic protection of the T-72 was substantially increased while maintaining its outstanding mobility. For the T-72 Scarab, the front of the hull is fitted with ERA Explosive Reactive Armour, front and sides of the turret are equipped with passive armour and rear part of the turret is protected with wire cage armour.

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