Wednesday, November 30, 2022

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

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


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