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Object 187

Object 187 was a parallel project to Object 188, the T-90 tank. It was based on the T-72B, with a heavily modified turret. A particularly notable feature was the rejection of the T-64 hull design. The redesigned layout took up more space, but positively affected ergonomics and protection from the glacis plate. Due to lengthening of the hull's nose section, the driver's position was lower, with his optics attached to the roof of the hull, unlike in the T-64 and its derivatives. This remedied a notorious weak spot of the T-64 design - the section between the turret and the hull. The same solution made it possible to arrange armouring at more rational angles of inclination as a countermeasure to modern sub-caliber armour-piercing rounds.

"187" is in effect closed the tank is one of the most mysterious AFVs produced Soviet industry. Reliable information on machine on the network is virtually non-existent. The few publications that are available, Sin speculations guesses and Frank errors. The proposed pictures are the first publicly available images of this tank in the Internet. Them depicted model 6-th the skilled (and last) of the master machine. FEDERAL officers model Yuri Jeje and Vladimir Usovym to M1/10 for presentation to the requisitioning office as an illustration when you close one of the stages of OCD. Work on the model took 2 months, and "modelisty" worked on its manufacturing mainly overtime, lingering after the main work sometimes until deep into the night. Currently, this model is still in FEDERAL ownership, with the issue of its transfer to storage and exhibiting at the Museum of armored vehicles "Uralvagonzavod".

Creator of tank "object" was Deputy Chief Designer of the 187 FEDERAL A.s. Selgacev. A group of designers and client representatives took part in "187" Object. In the Centre is the Chief Designer and head of military Potkin V. I. acceptance V. Zharkov.

Work on the tank "187" led Uralsk KB transport engineering within the topics of OCD "improvement of t-72B. The theme of "improving the t-72B" was defined by the Decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR from June 19, 1986 year. Work on about. 187 was virtually in parallel with work on the tank "188" is the future of the t-90 (with some advance last) until the mid 90-ies of the XX century. Unlike vol. 188, this initiative was the development of KB. While the Urals KB still could afford such "liberty", of course relying on the financial support of DEVELOPED as a potential serial factory. Both machines: vol. 187 and 188 vol. evolved in the direction of further development of the t-72 tank. However, unlike on. 188, 187 's design team headed by V.i. Potkinym laid in construction machines deeper changes compared to the original design of the t-72B. Supervisor works on the tank was Deputy Chief Designer of the A.s. Selgacev. Radical solution became a waiver of imposed in the late 60 's tagil'skomu KB "revolutionary" design of the hull of the t-64. The arrangement of the machines underwent a small razuplotnenie that had a positive impact both on ergonomics and protection of VDL chassis. Due to the lengthening of the nasal part of the location of the driver remained deep in the hull, causing the shaft sensors began to go outside through the roof of the hull, rather than straight through the VFD as the t-64 and his genetic heirs-the notorious "relaxed disappeared dcollet in the middle of a VFD. This decision allowed to arrange booking under more rational angles of inclination for counteracting contemporary BPS.

The turret was installed on the machines a new design-Unlike traditional casting its construction was performed from the welded plates of medium hardness. Design and technology of production of such turrets was developed jointly by the NII Stali, FEDERAL and Uralvagonzavodom. At that time almost simultaneously worked on weld for FEDERAL turrets (about 187 and 188.) and HKBT (t-80ud). Tower on. 187 differed most impressive dimensions, especially at the rear. A great contribution to the development of turrets for tagil'skih machines and their protection introduced Y.n. Kondratiev. "Iron" armor tank was supplemented by a new set of armour-the prototype of the current complex universal DMZ "Relic". On some not quite reliable data, complex protection on. "name had 187 Malachite". The protection scheme complemented lattice screens and KOP "Blind" with OTU and PU 902a system. The tank's main armament was the 125-mm Smoothbore gun with advanced ballistics 2A66 (91T) developed in Sverdlovsk on "plant No. 9"-in the famous Petrovsky artillery KB. Together with the instrument developed a new armor-piercing composite rigid projectile 3bm-39 code OCD Anker "with coefficient of elongation of more than 20. It was a uranium DLCO-bar, with a new detachable tray. WOO this BPS consisted of kalibernoj and light composite podkalibernoj coils; the latter had *-shaped cross-section. While plumage ran out of light alloys and panache in a fraction of the caliber. Work on the new shot conducted them. The bulk of the work on testing the new guns and shot was held at NTIIM. New gun externally distinguished by the presence of muzzle brake. DT had odnokamernu design less effective and served more than for tap of gases with the line of sight of the controlled missiles, not to relieve efforts impact. At the same time, some samples during the operation of the modernized gun was installed 2a46m (d-81tm).

At the time of the formulation of Object 187, equipped with the world's most advanced LMS - something similar to army tanks likely opponents began to appear only at the end of the 1990s. The LMS was made on the basis of the elements 1A45. The great merit of this complex was the adaptation to. 187 and 188 vol. of Y.M.Nejgebauru and V.M.Bystrickomu. One of the innovations, first introduced in the domestic application was the use of tank in electronic circuits that control has significantly reduced volume and weight of the cable runs. The credit for this belongs to the same Yuri Nejgebauru.

For experienced machine samples were tested several types of powertrains and transmissions, including GTE. The most promising SU was found during tests Chelyabinsk x-shaped bar and-85-2 rated at 1200 HP force overall features of the engine in the MTO it was located on the longitudinal scheme (as in once-2 to t-34). Moreover, this arrangement simplified its dock with GOPom. Originally, exhaust nozzles on. 187 x-obraznikom were pobortno, exhaust along the boards by nadgusenicnym regiments were withdrawn over the stern. Work on MTO vol. 187 led E.b. Babylonian Set, o.a., Harlow v.i., Ivanov Yi on the machine applied a new chassis with parallel PROPULSION and metallic treadmill. If you compare the Caterpillar about. 187 with Caterpillar on. 188, the first thing that draws attention to itself-the shape and placement of the gruntozacepov-if mentally outline block one line, it turns out the oval (t-80/ -90 rectangle, the HULC ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON-trapezoid). Crest-solid (t-80/ -90 "skoboobraznyj"). Links of crawler belt met cast using the subsequent machining that is certainly more technological and economical way compared to forging links t-64 and t-80 and t-90. Vane hydraulic dampers were installed on 1 and 6 rollers (early designs) and at 1, 2 and 6 rollers (samples # 5 and # 6). Was substantially increased the dynamic progress of the rollers.

Machines were built in pairs three series. Each series was significantly different from the previous, clearly demonstrating the evolution of the type and direction of the phased arrangements nodes failover units and systems. Within each series machine just had differences, but less significant.

Prototypes of the No. 1 and no. 2, perhaps with the exception of the Corps were the closest to shape the future of the t-90. As a powerplant for the # 1 used a modified Chelyabinsk V-84ms diesel engine with a capacity of 840 HP This powerplant in the subsequent almost entirely moved on about. 188. At the end of the test cycle the sample no. 1 passed the disassembly and defektovku, after which his body was used in the manufacture of model No. 3. Sample # 2 was equipped with already 1000-horsepower V-shaped diesel engine with Turbo CD-34 (-85) in Barnaul. In this type of machine has successfully passed a large cycle of sea trials in Turkmenistan, to withstand high temperatures and dust in the air. Some time later, on returning to Nizhny Tagil, the machine has passed the outfitting and was shot at the site NTIIMa (Prospector). The results of the real impact of modern anti-tank means showed outstanding results on the level of protection. Shot sample machine has been disposed of.

Prototype No. 3 was initially used for a variety of "barbaric" experiments related to the possibility of structural failure and for this reason was never fully complete. Unlike models Nos. 1 and no. 2 took a classic for t-72 equipped with a turret, model No. 3 had a turret of the new design-from 40 mm thick bronelistov katannyh connected to the welding. Geometrically Tower model No. 3 very closely resembles modern welded Tower t-90s tanks, t-90SA and t-90a, actually from her latest designs and maintains its constructive lineage. Significant external differences Tower model No. 3 from the now familiar, welded turrets on the t-90, are bronelistov cutting shape, weld, pallet ejection hatch round shape (t-90 he oval), the presence of "turrets" in the left aft FVU turret roofs (at a t-90, as well as on t-72 chassis machines located in the FVU). The samples of a no. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 enclosure by classic Soviet tank diagram, but with the difference that his nose was lengthened, and VFD given even greater angle. The driver's seat and both would has deeper inside the hull. Observation instruments in the amount of 3 's pieces were mounted the manhole cover. These activities have allowed just to get rid of all warmly "favorite" Achilles ' heels in the form of a weak zone in the upper central part of the VDL chassis machines t-64, t-72 and t-80. As an experiment on the prototype No. 3 was carved native MTO with KD-34 and implanted MTO t-80U with GTD-1250. It was additionally installed on the 5-th Dragoon pedestal roller. In this way the machine is tested to stand in Nizhny Tagil and later skated on the range of ARMORED VEHICLES in Kubinka tank Museum near Moscow. Sample # 3 just passed, complex tests the notch in the nuclear Centre in Anaheim. Installation of turbine No. 3 sample was rather forced step, attempt to survive in the current political situation at that time and had two objectives. Goal 1-knock out trumps the "turbine" lobby. Show that there is also an almost ready-made Tagil machine with popular then TBG. Moreover, the machine is permanently improved, perfect in everything well, except that in addition to MTO and its control system of identical t-80U (performed by officially transferred to Omsk CD). Goal 2-show fans gas benefits of the new diesels SU increased power because not only tests, but already showed a clear theoretical calculations of loss SU turbine in many respects. Sample # 4 had a similar chassis chassis model No. 3 to it overlapping in "turbinnik". Has changed the shape and design of the welded turret, increased its dimensions in the amidships and aft. Input Meteodatcik, firing conditions set in the aft turret, externally differs markedly from the usual TWO modern t-90. The basis of SU became new x-shaped Chelyabinsk engine a-85-2 rated at 1200 HP nižnetagil'skih traditional designs fan cooling system had already two centrifugal fan removed from the center of the rear part of the right and left respectively. Diesel engine exhaust nozzles were located along with pobortno post-shelves and gas in the feed to the bottom. Elongated tract significantly contributed to good cooling exhaust, effectively dismissed the heat, thereby reducing the thermal signature to the level of a general background. Compared with model No. 3 has changed position MAT on the right fender. Changes and running gear-traditional sloth with "Windows" was replaced by "solid"-without holes and cutouts. Integrated explosive reactive armor protection "contact-V installed on samples with no. 1 to no. 3 was replaced with a new design. Vyibnye RS Panel on VFD were made of sufficiently massive titanium plates. Subsequently, when passing cars in 38 NIII Mo Kubinku these panels with the aim of preventing their "accidental" loss were replaced by 30 mm steel with milled grooves, simulating real sick leave of the Panel. This ersatz design four-bolt plate to the chassis VDL. Prototypes of the No. 5 and no. 6 has undergone the most significant changes, becoming the most advanced machines of this type. Bow of the hull even more increased in size and changed shape. If the noses of t-72 and early designs on. 187 resembled a chisel, the nose on the samples No. 5 and no. 6 purchased the zubiloobraznu form. The length of the "naked" body (excluding fenders) was 7.2 m, width (similar)-2.17 meters. Inspection hatch with mehvoda moved him toward the turret. Again grew in size, welded Tower. Its overall width without accounting for the DMZ was 3.12 m was raised very seriously the protection of airborne projection Tower. Bright exterior distinguishing feature turrets models Nos. 5 and 6 is extremely wide feed-the largest of all welded turrets, designed in the Soviet Union. On these machines, as in sample no. 4 was installed a new complex of DMZ, but in comparison with the Quartet at the fifth and sixth cars vyibnye panels were performed are no longer made of titanium, and of steel armor. Were also redesigned the containers installed in the front part of the DMZ and on the cheeks of the turret. If the complex "contact-V installation of active elements occurs through the narrow caps in the ends of blocks, actually the entire top surface of the block was a single large detachable lid. When 4 out of bolts produces accessible for installation/replacement items as the top of the block, and at the bottom. Aft turret screened large aluminum boxes of spare parts. Side and aft to make language Corps barred projection screens, executed on technology of "NII Stali" armor plate thickness of 4 mm and that were installed on top of the traditional rezinotkanevogo of the screen. Bearing in mind that when you install screens was not observed in gauge railway transport position intended their complete dismantling. Both machines were equipped with x-obraznikami a-85-2, but were distinguished by the type of transmission. The sample no. 5 transmission was the traditional mechanical, whereas sample # 6 had the GOP. A large area of the radiator required for efficient cooling of increased air passes. To this end, at the insistence of O.a. Kuraksy four window lattices over a radiator (sample # 4) were merged into two larger size (samples # 5 and # 6). To ensure movement under RARE and so much weight savings cover the input arrays of cooling are not metal like say the t-72 or t-90 and of rubberized fabric. Due to differences in both the sample no. 5 left a lattice window instead of strictly rectangular shape got a cutout under Cork filler that can serve as probably the only external difference between the samples. In his final appearance of these machines have another obvious difference: the five mounted rollers "new" type with a form of drawing such rinks second prototype HULC ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON (. 199K), however in the course of operating and testing a set of rollers could be different. Side a samples No. 5 and no. 6 easily recognized on a modified form of boxes with aggregates of APU in the aft right post shelves-in contrast to the "Quartet" and the "troika" they have SKOS in poop (sample # 4 bevel reverse and no. 3 sample crate with MAT generally rectangular shape). Ural KB has made tremendous efforts in the barren trying to put this wonderful machine in service with the Soviet army. However, despite successful tests and obviously high combat and technical capacity of the machine was not adopted by the DOD. Instead, customers from the MO once again opted for half-measures and focus on the work of the AMG. 188-symbiosis chassis t-72B with part of systems. 187. Once again, almost ready for the series and very forward-looking machine ceded its place in a series of simpler and cheaper. Several different version of history repeated itself with prevention in a series of such remarkable for his time machine as. 8 km away and vol. 172 m away-2 m (3 m). Currently "live" remained 4: prototypes of no. 3, no. 4, no. 5 and no. 6. They all are in the custody of Cuban NIII 38 MO RF and represent a very sad sight. Cars are stripped, metallolomsikami stolen aluminum boxes of spare parts, and with "turbinnika"-even titanium roof MTO! At the insistence of the Museum "Uralvagonzavod" on the transfer of at least one tank vol. 187 for restoration and subsequent demonstrations in the museum complex, INCLUDING UVZ consistently refuses and refers to secrecy. However, according to some estimates now Cuban still plans to repair the machines with their subsequent open demonstration. To the above, perhaps it is worth adding that in theory its Chief Designer Vladimir Ivanovich Potkina, vol. 187 had become a base for the design and manufacture of a whole family of combat vehicles constituted combat, and also serve as a basis when designing promising even more powerful and sophisticated tanks.

Object 187

"Object 187" - because of the closed tank is one of the most mysterious of combat vehicles produced by the Soviet industry. Reliable information on the machines on the network is virtually absent. The few publications that exist, sin conjectures, guesses and outright errors. The proposed photos are the first publicly available images of the tank on the Internet. They photographed model 6th experimental (and last) sample of the machine. The model is made by employees UKBTM Yuri Panfilov and Vladimir Usov at M1 / ??10 to represent the ordering management as illustrate at the closing of one of the R & D stages. Work on the model took 2 months, and "modelers" worked on its manufacturing mainly at an inopportune time, pausing after the main work sometimes until late at night. Currently, this model is still in UKBTM property, while it addressed the issue of the deposit and exhibition in a museum of armored equipment Uralvagonzavod. Work on the tank "Object 187" led Uralsk KB transport engineering under the ROC theme "Improving the T-72B." Theme: "Improving the T-72B" was given Decree of the USSR Council of Ministers on 19 June 1986. Work on ob.187 was almost parallel with the work on the tank "Object 188" - the future of T-90 (with some advance last) until the mid 90-ies of XX century. Unlike ob.188, it was entirely an initiative to develop KB. While Ural KB could still afford such "freedom", of course, with the financial support of the Uralvagonzavod plant as a potential series. Both cars - ob.187 and ob.188 - evolved in the direction of further development of the tank T-72. However, unlike ob.188, when working on the 187th design team headed by VI Potkin laid in the machine design more profound changes compared to the original design of the T-72B. The immediate supervisor of the tank was deputy gl.konstruktora KB AS Shchelgachev. A radical solution was the rejection of the imposed in the late '60s Tagil CB "revolutionary" design of the T-64 hull. The layout of the car has undergone a slight decompression, which has a positive impact both on ergonomics, and on the protection of VFD enclosure. By lengthening the bow of the location of the mechanics of the driver remains in the body depth, resulting in observation devices mines began to go out through the roof of the body, rather than directly through the VFD, as the T-64 and its genetic heirs - disappeared notorious weakened "neck" in the middle VFD. The same solution has allowed to place a reservation for a more rational angles to counter modern BPS. object 187 On machines installed turret new design - in contrast to the traditional casting, its design was made from welded sheet steel of medium hardness. Design and manufacturing technology of the turrets was developed jointly by the Research Institute of Steel and UKBTM Uralvagonzavod. At that time, almost simultaneously were working on welded turrets for UKBTM (ob.187 and 188) and for HKBT (T-80UD). ob.187 Tower features the impressive dimensions, especially in the rear. A great contribution to the development of turrets Tagil machines and protect them made Yu.N.Kondratev. "Iron" tank armor complement a new set of dynamic protection - the prototype of the current set of universal DZ "Relic". According to some, not quite reliable data protection ob.187 complex was named "Malachite". protection schemes complemented lattice screens and KOEP "Blind" with OTSHU and PU 902A system. object 187 The main armament was the 125-mm smoothbore gun 2A66 enhanced ballistics (D-91T), developed in Sverdlovsk in the "Plant #9 - the famous Peter's artillery KB. Together with the new instrument was developed armor-piercing projectiles 3BM-39 cipher OCD "anchor" with elongation factor of more than 20. It was a uranium OBPS-piece with a new detachable tray. BY BPS this consisted of caliber and light composite sabot coils; the latter had * -shaped cross section. This plumage of a light alloys and scale of a fraction gauge. Work on a new shot led them. The bulk of the work on testing new weapons and firing was carried out at the site NTIMT. The new gun is externally characterized by the presence of the muzzle brake. DT had a single chamber design reduced the effectiveness and served as a gas return line of sight with the guided missile, and not to remove the recoil force. At the same time, some samples during operation 2A46M upgraded gun was set (D-81TM). At the time of development ob.187 equipped with the most advanced in the world MSA - something similar tanks armies of potential enemies began to appear only at the end of the 1990s. MSA has been accomplished on the basis of elements 1A45. Great achievements to adapt to this complex and ob.187 ob.188 belong N. Neugebauer and V.M.Bystritskomu. One of the innovations first introduced in the domestic tank building, was the use of micro-style in the control circuits, which greatly reduced the size and weight of the cable routes. The credit for this belongs to the same Yuri Neugebauer. In prototypes of the machine have been tested several types of power plants and transmissions, including GTE. The most promising SU during the test was found in Chelyabinsk X-shaped candy bar A-85-2 1200 hp The engine power in the overall characteristics of ITO was located on the longitudinal scheme (as once-2 to T-34). In addition, such an arrangement simplifies docking with Gopom. Initially, exhaust pipes ob.187 X-obraznikom placed at the board, later exhaust along the boards on the fenders was launched over the stern. Work on the MTO ob.187 were E.B.Vavilonsky, O.A.Kuraksa Harley VI, Ivanov YI The machine uses a new chassis with a parallel RLL and metal treadmill. Compared with caterpillar caterpillar ob.187 ob.188, the first thing that attracts attention - the shape and placement of lugs - if you mentally circle lugs one line, it turns oval (T-80 / -90 - rectangle on BMPT - trapezoid). Comb - solid (T-80 / -90 "skoboobrazny"). Track links made cast with subsequent machining, which, of course, is more technologically advanced and cost-effective manner compared to forging links of T-64, T-80 and T-90. Vane hydraulic shock absorbers were set at 1 and 6 rinks (early samples) and at 1, 2 and 6 rinks (samples #5 and #6). There was a significantly increased dynamic course of rollers. Machines built in pairs in three series. Each series was significantly different from the previous one, clearly showing the evolution of the type and direction of a phased mining sites, mechanisms, assemblies and systems. Within each series machines also have differences, but less significant. Prototypes #1 and #2, perhaps with the exception of housing were most similar to the shape of the future T-90. As the power plant at Chelyabinsk #1 used a modified V-shaped diesel V-84MS capacity of 840 hp This powerplant subsequently almost entirely migrated to ob.188. After the cycle test A sample was #1 disassembly and Troubleshooting, after which it was used in the body sample #3 manufacture. #2 sample was already equipped with a 1000-strong V-shaped diesel engine with turbo charging KD-34 (B-85), developed in Barnaul. In this type of machine it has successfully passed a big test run cycle in Turkmenistan, to withstand the heat and dust. Some time later, after returning to Nizhniy Tagil car has additional equipment, then was shot at the site NTIMT (pos.Staratel). The results of the real impact of modern antitank weapons shown outstanding results in the level of protection. Shot sample machine was utilized. Prototype #3 was originally intended for a variety of "barbarian" experiments connected with the possibility of structural failure, and for this reason was never complete in every detail. In contrast to the samples #1 and #2, had classical type T-72 turret cast, the sample had a turret #3 new design - from rolled armor plates of 40 mm thickness, joined together at welding. Geometrically Tower sample #3 very closely resembles modern welded turret of the T-90S and T-90SA and T-90A, the actual design of its past and lead a constructive ancestry. Significant external differences turret #3 sample from the now familiar turrets welded on the T-90 is a form of cutting armor plates, welded joints, hatch release pallets round shape (T-90 it is oval), the presence of "turret" HLF in the left aft turret roof (T-90, as in T-72 HLF located in the machine housing). The samples #1, #2 and #3 body is made in a classic case of Soviet tanks, but with the difference that the nose of his was extended, and VFD given an even greater angle. Place the driver at the same time as it receded deeper into the body. Inspection apparatus in an amount of 3 pieces were mounted in the hatch. These activities are just allowed to get rid of all the hot "favorite" Achilles' heel in the form of a weakened area in the upper central part of the VFD T-64 type machine body, T-72 and T-80. As an experiment on a prototype #3 was carved native MTO with CD-34 and implanted MTO T-80U with GTD-1250. This was an additional hydraulic shock absorbers installed on the 5th support roller. As such, the machine has been tested on the stand in Nizhny Tagil and subsequently rolled at the AVA range in Kubinka outside Moscow. Sample #3 also passed comprehensive tests PAZ in the nuclear center in Arzamas. Installing a turbine at a sample #3 was soon forced step, an attempt to survive in the current by the time the political situation and had two objectives. Goal 1 - to clear the cards from the "Turbine" lobby. Show that Tagil also have nearly finished machine with popular GTD then. Moreover, the machine is structurally more perfect, perfect in all things, well, except that in addition to the MTO and its system identical to the T-80U (made by officially transferred to Omsk CD) control. Goal 2 - show the fans a gas turbine SU advantage of the new high-power diesel engines, as not only testing, but theoretical calculations showed a clear loss turbine SU in many ways. #4 sample had the body, similar to the body of the sample #3 to redraw it in the "turbinnik". the shape and design of welded turret was modified, its dimensions in amidships and aft rose. Weather sensors input of shooting conditions set in the turret, looks noticeably different from the usual two modern T-90. The basis of SU became the new X-shaped Chelyabinsk A-85-2 engine power of 1200 hp Traditional designs for Nizhny Tagil fan cooling system had been two centrifugal fans, off-aft center, respectively, left and right. The exhaust pipes of diesel placed pobortno to steer along the fenders and vented to the stern down. At the same time significantly elongated tract promote good cooling of exhaust gases dissipate heat efficiently, thus contributing to reduce the thermal signature to the level of the general background. Compared with the model has changed position #3 APU on the right fenders. The changes were made and the chassis - traditional sloth with "windows" was replaced by "solid" - no holes or cutouts. The complex is built dynamic protection "Contact-V, mounted on a #1 for #3, was replaced by a new design samples. Expelling panels DZ at VFD are made of sufficiently massive titanium plates. Subsequently, the transfer machine 38 MO NIII in Kubinka, these panels in order to prevent "accidental" lost were replaced by 30-mm steel plate with milled grooves simulating absent real panel. This ersatz design with four bolts fastened to the VFD enclosure. Prototypes #5 and #6 undergone the most significant changes, becoming the most advanced machines of this type. The bow of the hull even more increased in size and changed shape. If Noses T-72 and the earliest examples ob.187 resembled a chisel, the nose on the samples #5 and #6 acquired zubiloobraznuyu form. The length of the "naked" body (excluding fenders) was 7.2 m, width (similar to.) - 2.17 m viewing device with the hatch mehvoda moved him in the direction of the turret. Again increased in size welded turret. Its overall width, excluding the DMZ was 3.12 m. Very serious protection board projections of the turret has been increased. A striking feature of the outer turrets samples #5 and #6 is extremely wide food - the most extensive of all welded turrets, designed in the Soviet Union. On these machines, as well as a sample was installed #4 DZ new complex, however, in comparison with "four" to the fifth and sixth panels expelling machines were not made of titanium, and of armored steel. Also, container construction was changed DZ installed in the frontal part of the turret and on the cheeks. If complex "Contact-V attaching active elements takes place through the narrow ends of the lid in the blocks, in this case in fact the entire top surface of the block was a single large removable cover. When loosening the bolts 4 obtained easy access for installation / replacement of elements in the top of the block and at the bottom. The turret screened impressive size aluminum boxes spares. Side and aft projection of the body shielded latticed screens, made by the Research Institute of Technology Steel armor plate thickness of 4 mm and are installed on top of the traditional rubber-Screen. Given that the installation screens are not respected rail Dimensions in transport position assumed their complete dismantling. Both cars were equipped with X-obraznikami A-85-2, but differed in the type of transmission. In the sample #5 mission was the traditional - manual, whereas the sample already had #6 GOP. A large radiator area required for more efficient cooling air passage volume. To this end, at the insistence of OA Kuraksy four windows on the radiator grilles (sample #4) were combined into two larger (samples #5 and #6). For movements under OPVT and weight savings as large cap input cooling grids made not of metal, such as, for example, on the T-72 or T-90, and made of rubberized fabric. Due to differences in transmissions on the sample #5 left lattice window instead of strictly rectangular cutout received under the fuel cap that can serve as probably the only external difference between the two samples. In its final form, these machines are another significant difference: in the "five" set Rollers "new" type, with a similar shape vyshtampovki rollers of the second prototype BMPT (ob.199K), but during the operation and testing of a set of rollers could be different . On a side with samples #5 and #6 easily identified by a modified form of boxes with APU units in the rear portion of the right fenders - in contrast to the "quartet" and the "troika", they have a bevel in the feed (on a sample #4 reverse bevel and a sample #3 box with generally rectangular APU). Ural Design Bureau has taken a huge effort in a vain attempt to put this wonderful machine by the Soviet Army. However, despite successful tests and is clearly high combat and technical capabilities, the machine has not been adopted by DoD adopted. Instead, customers from the MoD once again preferred half-measures, and have focused on the work on the final design ob.188 - symbiosis Corps T-72B with part ob.187 systems. Once again, almost ready for series and highly promising vehicle ceded its place in a series of more simple and cheap. In a somewhat modified version of the story was repeated with the non-admission of a series of remarkable for its time machines as ob.167M and ob.172M-2M (-3M). Currently, the "live" were 4 cars: #3 prototypes, #4, #5 and #6. All of them are at the disposal of the Cuban Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation 38 NIII and represent a very sad sight. Machines are dismantled, metallolomschikami stolen aluminum crates of spares, and with "turbinnika" - even titanium roof MTO! On persistent requests Uralvagonzavod museum on the transfer of at least one tank ob.187 for restoration and subsequent demonstrations in the museum complex UVZ GABTU consistently refuses and refers to secrecy. However, according to some estimates, currently Kubinka still plans to conduct repair of machines and their subsequent open demonstration. By the above, obviously, it should be added that according to the idea of its Chief Designer - Vladimir Ivanovich Potkina - ob.187 had become a base for the design and manufacture of a whole family of combat vehicles, made up the military complex, as well as serve as a basis for the design of perspective, more powerful and advanced tanks.







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