T-84-120 Yatagan showcased at military parade

T-84-120 Yatagan showcased at military parade

The T-84-120 Yatagan battle tank has been demonstrated during an Independence Day parade in Kyiv on August 24.

The Yatagan MBT is a further development of the Oplot MBT fitted with a NATO 120mm smoothbore gun fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader.

This MBT was designed in 2000. Its design features the technical solutions tested during modernisation of T-72-120 battle tank.

The design of the T-84 Yatagan seems very similar to the Russian-made MBT T-80 with a crew of three including driver seated at the front of the hull in the centre, gunner and commander in the turret.

The main armament of the T-84 Yatagan consists of one 120 mm smoothbore gun and a new bustle-mounted autoloader. A total of 40 rounds of ammunition are carried. The bustle-mounted automatic loader contains 22 rounds of ready-use ammunition with a further 16 rounds stowed in the additional stowage place – the conveyer located in the hull, and two more rounds are stored in the fighting compartment. Second armament includes one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and one 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun mounted on the commander hatch.

The T-84 Yatagan is powered by a 6TD-2 multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 1 200 horsepower. It can run at maximum road speed of 65 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 540 km. The suspension is of the torsion bar type with each side having six dual rubber-tired road wheels with the idler at the front, drive sprocket at the rear and track-return rollers. Hydraulic shock absorbers are provided for the first, second and sixth road wheel stations either side. Thee upper part of the suspension is covered by a skirt, the forward part of which is armored.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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