TechUkrainians seize Russian "Putin's Pride": T-90M Proryv tank

Ukrainians seize Russian "Putin's Pride": T‑90M Proryv tank

T-90M, illustrative picture
T-90M, illustrative picture
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7:46 PM EST, November 27, 2023

A photo circulating on social media reveals a T-90M Proryv tank, once part of Russia's armament, now being used by Ukrainians in their fight against the invaders. This model is the Russian's most advanced one, thus its loss is painful for them. Let's browse through its characteristics.

As of late August, reports revealed that Ukrainians have captured over 2800 pieces of enemy equipment in battles, over 500 of which are tanks. Presently, both numbers are likely much higher, given the regular updates of Ukrainian seizures. The recently published photo displays a T-90M Proryv dressed in Ukrainian colors. Although the short description indicates that the photo was captured near the main front line, the exact location remains undisclosed.

T-90M Proryv taken over by Ukrainians

The T-90M Proryv, the most cutting-edge tank in the Russian arsenal, has been actively deployed in the war against Ukraine. It was unveiled under the Proryv-3 program and was enlisted into service in 2020. The number of such tanks within the Russian army is uncertain, but judging from the Ukrainian captures and destruction, it is estimated to be no more than a handful.

Armed with a smoothbore 2A46M-5 cannon of 125 mm caliber, the T-90M Proryv also has at its disposal a machine gun (7.62 mm caliber) and an anti-aircraft rifle (12.7 mm caliber).

The tank is outfitted with an advanced optoelectronic system for improved target detection and a new Kalina fire control system. Compared to the standard T-90 tank, it boasts armor enhanced with reactive armor Relikt cubes and rubber side shields with armored plates. This provision adds to its defenses against multiple types of anti-armor weaponry.

Measuring approximately 7m long and weighing over 46 tons, the T-90M Proryv has the capability to reach speeds up to 65 km/h, thanks to its 1000 HP engine.

Frequently referred to as "Putin's Pride", the T-90M Proryv has been closely monitored by the Russian leader since the inception of its production. Being the most expensive and best-equipped Russian tank, it outperforms Soviet-constructed units deployed in Ukraine and even older versions of Leopard 2 tanks supplied to Ukraine by the West.

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