30 new tanks enter service with Russia's military base in Tajikistan

30 new tanks enter service with Russia's military base in Tajikistan
Russian 201st military base deployed in Tajikistan has replaced its old combat vehicles with 30 upgraded T-72B3M tanks before the end of 2021, the Russian 201st military base press center said.
Army Technology says T-72B3M is an upgraded variant of the T-72B3 main battle tank (MBT).
The T-72B3M tank was exhibited for the first time to the public during the 2014 Tank Biathlon World Championship held in October 2014.
The layout of the T-72B3M is identical to that of the standard T-72 with driver’s cab at forward hull, fighting compartment in the center and the power-pack at the rear.  The tank is manned by a crew of three, including a driver, a commander and a gunner.  The middle section of the forward hull houses the driver, while the turret accommodates the other two crew members.
The tank features an advanced fire control system and a new thermal sight.  The mobility and combat characteristics of the tank have also been improved to compete with the most advanced tanks worldwide.
The T-72B3M tank is also equipped with radio systems for encrypted digital voice and data transfer, snorkels for deep fording, and a built-in blade for self-entrenching.
The T72B3M is armed with a 2A46M5 125mm smoothbore gun, which is an advanced version of the 2A46M cannon.  It can fire a range of ammunition, including armor-piercing discarding sabot (APDS), high-explosive fragmentation (HEF) and high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), as well as 9M119 Refleks (NATO codename: AT-11 Sniper) guided anti-tank missiles.  The projectiles and missiles are loaded by an auto-loader.
The Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan is subordinate to the Central Military District.  It is Russia's largest non-naval military facility outside the country.
It was officially opened in Tajikistan in 2004 under a previous agreement, which was signed in 1993, and hosts Russia’s largest military contingent deployed abroad.  A total of some 7,000 Russian troops are now stationed at two military facilities collectively known as the 201st military base - in Dushanbe and Bokhtar (formerly Qurghon Teppa), some 100 kilometers from Dushanbe.

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