T-72B w/ERA Russian main battle tank
1/35 scale plastic model kit
Manufacturer: Zvezda (Russia)
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box
The T-72 is a Soviet-designed main battle tank that entered production in 1971. It is a further development of the T-62 with some features of the T-64A (to which it was a parallel design) and has been further developed as the T-90. Chronologically, and in design terms, it belongs to the same generation of tanks as the US M60 series, German Leopard 1, and British Chieftain tank.
Main models of the T-72, built in the Soviet Union and Russia. Command tanks have K added to their designation for komandirskiy, ‘command’, for example T-72K is the command version of the basic T-72. Versions with reactive armour have V added, for vzryvnoy, ‘explosive’.
- T-72 Ural (1973)– Original version, armed with 125 mm smoothbore tank gun and optical coincidence rangefinder.
- T-72A (1979)– Added laser rangefinder and electronic fire control, turret front and top being heavily reinforced with composite armour (nicknamed Dolly Parton by US intelligence), provisions for mounting reactive armor, smoke grenade launchers, flipper armour mount on front mudguards, internal changes.
- T-72M – Export version, similar to T-72A but with thinner armour and downgraded weapon systems. Also built in Poland and former Czechoslovakia
- T-72B (1985) – New main gun, stabilizer, sights, and fire control, capable of firing 9M119 Svir guided missile, Super Dolly Parton armour including 20 mm (0.8 in) of appliqué armour in the front of hull, improved 840-hp (626 kW) engine.
- T-90 (1995) – Modernization of the T-72, incorporating technical features of the heavier, more complex T-80. Originally to have been named T-72BU.
The T-72 design has been further developed into the following new models: Lion of Babylon tank (Iraq), M-84 (Yugoslavia), M-95 Degman (Croatia), M-2001 (Serbia), PT-91 Twardy (Poland), T-90 (Russia), Tank EX (India), and TR-125 (Romania).