Monday, July 6, 2020

US reaches deal with Ukraine to supply one Oplot main battle tank

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The US Government has reached an agreement with the Ukrainian state arms export agency to supply Oplot main battle tank, that was reported by the authoritative “Oboronno-promyslovyy kuryer” media.

According to the representative of the Ukrainian arms business in the interview to the information agency “Oboronno-promyslovyy kuryer”, the delivery will be carried out by a state company – a special exporter.

The source of the information agency considers such a supply promising, as, in his words, it is a question of studying the American side of Ukrainian technologies and probable military-technical cooperation with Ukraine.

Oplot main battle tank is a tracked combat vehicle of high firepower, reliable protection, and high mobility. The tank is developed by Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The Oplot-M MBT is fitted with Duplet built-in Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) of a new generation, that protects against tandem warheads. The tank is fitted with Shtora countermeasures system, which reduced hit probability of enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance.

The Oplot-M main battle tank is armed with a 125 mm fully-stabilized smoothbore gun, fitted with a carousel-type autoloader. Vehicle is capable of firing 9K119M Reflex (NATO Designation AT-11 Sniper-B) gun-launched anti-tank guided missiles.

It is noteworthy that Ukraine not for the first time when supplied tanks to the USA. In 2003, the US Government obtained four T-80UD main battle tanks from Ukraine. The four T-80UD tanks arrived at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center throughout December 2003 and January 2004.

Ukrainian-made T-80UDs at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center. Photo by andrei-bt.livejournal.com

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