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Soviet T-72 Main Battle Tank

Widely exported tank first produced in 1973

Soviet T-72 Tank

The T-72 first came into service in 1973. As with other modern Russian and Soviet era tanks it is fitted with the 125mm 2A46 gun. As such it is capable of firing Russian 125mm DU rounds such as the 3VBM-13 APFSDS and the 3BK-17 HEAT-FS.

A range of non-DU APFSDS and HEAT rounds are also available for Russian 125mm guns, as well as Fragmentation High Explosive rounds and guided missiles. There is little information on whether DU ammunition is currently standard ammunition in Russian tanks, but without strong evidence to the contrary it must be assumed that it still plays a role.

The T-72 is produced in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. There are thought to be around 1200 T-72s in Russian service. It was also exported to Warsaw Pact states, India, Iran, Syria, Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Finland and Yugoslavia. ICBUW is not aware of any evidence that DU ammunition has been exported to these countries, however it seems likely that the armed forces of ex-Soviet states are still equipped with Soviet era ammunition for tank forces, which may include DU rounds.