nemrod wrote:T-72 was certainly one of the best tanks of the early 80's, if not the best. This tank demonstrates its effectiveness during the battle of Sultan Yaakub june 11, 1982 where he destroyed several dozens of Merkava -in that time the best western tanks beside Leopard A1-.
See from 16.30' minute
Moreover, during Iran-Iraq war between 1980-88, the iraqi's T-72 inflicted severe blows to western iranian's tanks, and it is noteworthy to say that US-iranian Tows were completly ineffective.
Nevertheless, in 1991, many T-72 were destroyed, again, US, as usual with their propaganda's recital told us, M1 Abrams successfully destroyed a column of T-72 belonging to republican guards.
If indeed, many T-72 were lost, I cannot see US column cheerfully advancing against well armed, and well trained Republican guards, chieflly knowing the impressive past of the T-72, and knowing they had redoutable AT-5. At first US army often advances cowardly, they could not attack if they could not rely on aerial coverture. It is possible that A-10, AH-64 were engaged, after, and only after F-15, F-18 managed to bomb, if not B-52 with its carpet of bombs. And only after the US army could attack a complete destroyed battailion. During Desert Storm, it is usefull to say that some T-72 inflicted several blows to US coalitions's armored vehicles, including US M1 Abrams.
If a fair combat occured between T-72, and M1 Abrams, the victory of US tank is far to be obvious. Furthermore, the T-72 export version was not the same that were in service inside the red army.
Conclusion: The T-72 was -as its glorious fathers like T-62, and T-34 - among the best tanks in the world during the 80's, maybe after the Leopard A1. It is normal that it was ranked as number 1. As we saw above, this tank prove its effectiveness in the battlefield. Sincerely, I doubt the ability of Russia to design and produce a such tank. Even the Armata will be far from T-72's effectiveness.
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in the 80s M1 abrams and Leopard 2 ring a bell maybe? And, the T-64B was far better than any T-72 before the T-72B, there is 10 years difference between them...