The Russian army received the first modernized T-72B3M main battle tanks with an additional modification in the form of an automatic target tracking system.
As the Polish edition of Defense24 explains, it is one of the elements of the fire control system, which allows continuous automatic tracking of the detected target. Its use facilitates the gunner's work and increases the rate of fire., reducing the time to neutralize the enemy from the moment of its detection to the shot, which significantly increases the combat effectiveness of the tank. Using this system also increases accuracy.. Until now, the modernized T-72B3 / T-72B3M tanks have not received it.. With the receipt – the tank will shoot faster and more accurately.
The main contractor, modernizing tanks to the T-72B3M version, is the company "Uralvagonzavod". According to the manufacturer, work costs more than two times cheaper than similar improvement packages from competitors, while significantly increasing combat capabilities and adapting to the requirements of the modern battlefield.
As noted by the Polish press, changes, included in the improved T-72B3M compared to the basic version of the T-72B, include setting: new 125-mm cannon 2A46M-5, multi-channel gunner's sight "Sosna-U" (development of the Belarusian company "Peleng"), fire control systems 1А40-4, digital ballistic computer, new radio station VHF-range R-168-25U-2 "Aqueduct", set of armor in the front hemisphere of the vehicle, new side "skirts", frame armor at the rear of the hull and turret, as well as the new V-92S2F engine with 1130 HP. with new automatic transmission. The modernization is additionally combined with the overhaul of each tank.
In September of this year, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced a plan to modernize all Russian T-72 MBTs to the latest T-72B3M standard..