Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Thailand received the next batch of the Ukrainian Oplot-T tanks

The delegation of the Armed Forces of Thailand visited the «Malyshev Plant» in Ukraine and have made the next acceptance of a batch of Oplot-T tanks, already the second time this year, – made within “the Thai contract”.

Next batch of tanks for the needs of the Armed Forces of Thailand is fully prepared for shipment.

The tanks were made in pursuance of a contract worth more than $ 240 million signed by GK “Ukrspetsexport” September 1, 2011 for the supply of 49 new Thai Army tanks BM and two armored recovery vehicles based on them, with the term of the contract is to the end of 2014.


Under the contract, the first five tanks were to be handed over to the customer in December 2012, then for a period putting the Thai side of the first five tanks called in May 2013. In reality, the first five tanks “Oplot-T” made under the contract, have been demonstrated in Kharkov only October 15, 2013, and delivered by sea to Thailand February 4, 2014. The second batch of five tanks “Oplot-T” was made “Plant Malyshev name “to the beginning of 2015 and delivered in Thailand May 31, 2015. The third batch of ten tanks, “Oplot-T” has been completed with the production of the end of 2015 to April 2016 and reached Thailand’s only now.

Main Battle Tank “Oplot” is a tracked combat vehicle of high firepower, reliable protection and high mobility.

The tank is intended to destroy all ground-based (surface) and low-flying at low speed air targets in condition of enemy countermeasures. “Oplot” can perform a wide range of combat tasks under various weather, meteorology and road conditions, under ambient temperature, ranging from -40 up to +55 °С, relative atmospheric humidity 98%.

The vehicle can operate under the temperature 25 °С and altitude of 3000 m, air dustiness encountered in actual operation


Main Specifications




TypeMain Battle Tank
power densitykW/t (hp/t) not less than18,2 (24,7)
Ground pressureМPа (kgf/сm2) not more than0,097 (0,97)
Operating temperature°С-40 … +55
Main dimensions
  with gun forwardmm9720
  with gun backwardmm9750
over trackmm3400
over detachable protective guardsmm4176
Hight over commander sightmm2800
bearing surface lengthmm4290
clearancemm470 … 500
Track spacingmm2800
Operating figures (per tank under various road conditions)
  average cross-country speedkm/hour40 … 45
  Maximum highway speedkm/hour70
Reverse gear velocity:
Fuel use for 100 km:
on a dry soil roadliter, up to325 … 370
on a paved roadliter, up to300
Oil consumption for 100 km:
on a dry soil roadliter, up to7 … 19
on a paved roadл, в4 … 11
Fuel distance endurance:
on a dry soil road:
in the main fuel tankskm350
with additional barrelskm450
on a paved road:
in the main fuel tankskm400
with additional barrelskm500
Obstacles passage:
Maximum gradientdegree32
Maximum side slopedegree25
Vertical obstacle heightm1,0
Fordable depth (without preliminary preparation)m1,8
Water obstacles with underwater driving equipment use:
  widthmWithout limits
Ammunition capacity
the gunrounds46
(including rounds in loading machine)unit28
Machine-gun ammunitions typeunitOFS, BPS, КS, UR
for КТ-7.62 machine-gununit1250 (250х5)
for КТ12.7 machine-gununit450 (150х3)
For automatic machine АКSunit450
Flare gununit12
Hand grenade F-1unit10
Aerosol grenadeunit12

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