Russia’s T-90 main battle tank will become the quickest-firing of its kind, Defense Ministry officials said on the sidelines of the Army 2015 International Expo on Thursday.
The upgraded T-90 will boast a new turret module and a new digital fire control system ensuring record-short intervals between shots.
Also on Thursday Russia’s arm manufacturers showcased the powerful Sunburn flame thrower capable of incinerating enemy position within seconds.
Visitors to the Army-2015 expo, including representatives of more than 70 countries, looking to buy state-of-the-art Russian military hardware, also had a chance to enjoy a close-up view of the Pantsir S-1 short to medium range missile and anti-aircraft artillery system designed to shoot down enemy aircraft, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs at low and extremely low ranges.
The Army-2015 expo opened on June 16, 2015 in Kubinka, outside Moscow.
As the author understand, the turret module will be similar to the turret of the T-90M. Depending on how far the T-90M turret module will be copied for the T-90 upgrade, this could be a considerable boost in combat performance.
|T-90M technical data (in Russian)|
The original T-90 production model from 1992 is understood to utilize the turret from the late production T-72B fitted with the 1A45T fire control system. This 1A45T FCS is a modified form of the 1A45 fire control system, which was first introduced in service with the T-80U in 1985. It is outdated, as the low scores during international competitions (for example the Greek evaluation of the T-80U) and according to Russian sources the upgraded T-72B3 tank has a higher accuracy.
Also the possible replacement of the Kontakt-5 ERA could be a huge improvment in terms of armor protection. Kontakt-5 is the current "backbone" of Russian tank armor, but it is also from 1985 and has been analyzed and tested by various Western nations. It is understood that it offers little to none protection against modern tandem warhead missiles and APFSDS ammunition.