- here is the latest from the Russian blogger altyn73
on the T-72B3 tanks development and totals
- he has to be one of the most active Russian bloggers in regards to tanks and AFV. He is the only person that I have seen who tries to track the individual tanks by their service numbers much like the aircraft trackers such as our own AMCXXL and his fellow trackers.
- last article of altyn73, which George had posted (post # 199, Russia Tank Force Present and Future) had a total of around 200 less T-72B3's then this article.
- his totals listed in this article for the T-72B3 are about 300 less then other Russian and Western sources
- Shoigu himself had reported during his state of affairs to the Duma in 2019 that over 1000 T-72B3 had been acquired at that point and there has been 400-500 since.
- as a side note there were 150-300 T-72's modified prior to 2011 and are referred to as T-72BA/BM/B1's
- my issue with this blogger is that he changes his views a lot. However to be fair that is one of my own sayings, "be prepared tomorrow to believe something different then today." The Russian military is not big on sharing info.
- also I have this blogger bookmarked and read all his articles plus the interaction between himself and othersTen years of the T-72B3 tank
October 25, 2011 on the website of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation the following message appeared : “In accordance with the rearmament plan, the troops of the Southern Military District (YuVO) continue to receive modern models of weapons and military equipment. Today, a train with modernized T-72B tanks, equipped with modern powerful missile and cannon armament, the latest communications and effective fire control systems, arrived at the Khankala railway station for a motorized rifle unit stationed in the Chechen Republic. Representatives of OAO NPK Uralvagonzavod, who arrived with the equipment, will help the personnel of the formation to master all the innovations and features of the operation of the upgraded tanks. As a result of the intensive supply of weapons and military equipment, the fleet of combat vehicles of motorized rifle formations deployed in the territory of the Chechen Republic until the end of November this year. the city will be completely renovated. "
The exact date of the release of the first production model of the T-72B3 tank is unknown to me, but it can be assumed that this event took place at the Uralvagonzavod enterprise in September 2011. came. With what I want to congratulate all my readers!
Below, under the cut, is my purely biased note on the history of the T-72B3 tank over the past ten years.
Specialists of the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Engineering in 2011 developed a project for the modernization of the T-72B tank in several versions. The variant selected by the military department was put into production at the Nizhny Tagil enterprise Uralvagonzavod. In 2014 and 2016, new options for upgrading T-72B tanks were developed and put into production. Nowadays, the practice has developed to designate modernized vehicles of various options as "T-72B3 tank (model of 2011)", "T-72B3 tank (model of 2014)" and "T-72B3 tank (model of 2016)", but officially all variants are called strictly T-72B3.
On October 25, 2011, the first batch of modernized tanks (at least ten vehicles) arrived at the location of the tank battalion of the 17th Motorized Rifle Brigade (Shali, Chechen Republic).
November 1, 2011 On the page of the LiveJournal of the famous Nizhny Tagil sportswoman Natalia Ragozina , photographs of her visit to the Uralvagonzavod were published, where, among other things, new T-72B3 tanks were captured. It is believed that these are the very first pictures of the tank made public on the web. On February 3, 2012, the Zvezda TV channel first showed the new tanks of the 17th Motorized Rifle Brigade.
It should be noted that the correct name of the T-72B3 tank appeared in open sources only in December 2013. Before that, there were various variants of the name - "modernized T-72B tank", "T-72BM tank" and even "T-72B1". Unfortunately, on television, the number “three” is still confused with the letter “ze” and the name “tank te seventy-two be ze” is constantly pronounced on the air, even on the departmental channel “Zvezda”.
In May 2012, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and JSC "Scientific and Production Corporation" Uralvagonzavod "entered into an agreement on the supply of a modernized tank to the troops. The cost of upgrading one tank was just over 52 million rubles. Deliveries under the agreement began in December 2012.
Since 2013, work on the modernization of T-72B tanks to the level of T-72B3 began to be carried out at the Omsktransmash enterprise.
The troops received tanks in battalion sets - three companies, ten tanks each. A total of 30 tanks included.
In 2011-2015. the troops received 13 sets for rearmament. Unloading of thirty T-72B3 tanks for the 38th motorized rifle brigade (Yekaterinoslavka, Amur region) December 2013 source Since 2015, the number of tanks in the kit has changed - the number of companies has increased to four. A total of 40 tanks included. In 2015-2016. the troops received 7 sets for rearmament. Tank T-72B3 w / n 548 of the fourth tank company of the tank battalion of the 74th motorized rifle brigade during the exercise, 2019
In 2016, it was announced the formation of six tank companies in the units of the Airborne Forces. Subsequently, all the companies were reduced to tank battalions, which confirms the fact that all 60 tanks were received.
A certain number of tanks (at least ten) were delivered to the training centers of the RF Ministry of Defense.
In April 2017, images of T-72B3 tanks in the Syrian Arab Republic as part of pro-government military formations were released. In my estimation, at least ten new production tanks were delivered.
Thus, for the period 2011-2016. at least 750 T-72B3 tanks of the 2011 model were shipped to the troops and for export.
Since 2017, in connection with rearmament to other equipment, T-72B3 tanks were withdrawn from the eight battalions. One tank battalion was disbanded. In total, about 280 tanks were dropped. Of these, according to my estimates, about 150 vehicles entered service with newly formed and super-sized replenishment of existing units. So, until September 2021, the battalions of the 21st and 205th motorized rifle brigades received in excess of the state for the fifth tank company, the tank battalion of the 138th motorized rifle brigade received the fourth supernumerary company. Tank T-72B3 w / n 559 of the supernumerary fifth tank company of the tank battalion of the 205th motorized rifle brigade during the exercise, 2020
T-72B3 tanks are armed with the newly formed two tank battalions of the 11th tank regiment of the 18th motorized rifle division, separate tank battalions of the 20th and 42nd motorized rifle divisions. T-72B3 tank from the second tank battalion of the 11th tank regiment of the 18th motorized rifle division (Kaliningrad region) with the insignia of the second tank battalion of the former 20th motorized rifle brigade during combat training, July 2021
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation At least 20 vehicles arrived for service with training centers of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2014, a new version of modernization of T-72B3 tanks was developed to participate in the Tank Biathlon competition.
According to some reports, a total of 80 tanks are planned to be modernized. Now, in all four military districts, there are at least 40 units of T-72B3 tanks of the 2014 model. Shipment of a new T-72B3 tank of the 2014 model for participation in the Tank Biathlon competition, June 2021, source Option for upgrading the T-72B3 tank with improved combat characteristics was developed and put into production in 2016. The cost of upgrading the tank under the agreement was 79 million rubles per unit. The shipment of tanks to military units began in March 2017. For brevity, this modification is often called the T-72B3M, but this is strictly unofficial.
Troops receive tanks in battalion sets - three companies, ten tanks each. A total of 30 tanks included. From 2017 to the present day, the troops received 15 sets for rearmament. T ank T-72B3M from the 1st Tank Regiment of the 2nd Motorized Rifle Division at the Zapad-2017 exercises, September 2017, photo
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation At least 20 vehicles entered service with training centers of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. In 2017-2020 at least 19 units of T-72B3M tanks delivered to Belarus The first batch of modernized T-72B3M tanks, handed over to the armed forces of Belarus. 02.06.2017
voentv.mil.by Thus, for the period 2017-2021. at least 480 T-72B3M tanks were shipped to the troops and for export.
In total, over the past decade, our troops received at least 1240 units of T-72B3 tanks of all variants.
The history of the combat use of T-72B3 tanks is rather short. In the spring of 2014, several battalion-tactical groups armed with T-72B3 tanks were deployed to the areas bordering Ukraine. According to the resource lostarmour.info , during clashes with units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, four were completely destroyed and one serviceable T-72B3 tank was captured. The commander of a tank company of a tank battalion of the 200th motorized rifle brigade, Senior Lieutenant Vitaly Vyacheslavovich Romanov, was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation for his courage and heroism in performing a special mission on June 1, 2015