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T he KMDB developed a number of upgrade packages for the T-72 tank including T-72AG, T-72MP and T-72-120. The T-72MP was developed in cooperation with the French Sagem company and the PSP Bohemia company of the Czech Republic. The tank was fitted with the French Sagem SAVAN15 fire-control system. Modernisation of T-72 tanks is carried out in three key areas: improvement of mobility by installing a 1000 hp engine or 1200hp engine; increase of protection by installing additional add-on armour plates on the hull glacis plate and on the turret front as well as by installing explosive reactive armour; enhancement of firepower by installing up-to-date sighting systems, armament control drives, ballistic computer etc.

Main characteristics T-72 T-72MP
Weight (t) 41.5 45.5
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/t) 19 21.7 (26.08 if 6TD-2 engine is installed)
Engine power output (hp) 780 1000 (1200)
Periodicity of air cleaner maintenance under extreme dusty conditions (km) 300 at least 1000
Max road speed (km/h) 60 65
(70 with high-speed gear-box)
Deep fording without preparation (m) 1.2 1.8
Max acceptable ambient air temperature +40 +55

Armour add-on plates

no yes

Explosive reactive armour

no yes
Power pack compartment top deckthermal protection no yes
Dazzle painting no yes
Fire/explosion suppression system only fire-fighting equipment yes
Fire control system
Gunner's day sight, type TPD-K1 SAVAN-15
Target detection range (m) 4000 5000
Field-of-view stabilization in one axis in two axes
Gunner's night sight, type TPN-1
(image intensification)
(with thermal imager)
Target detection range (m) 400 3000
Field-of-view stabilization no in two axes
Commander's sight, type observation device TKN-3 VS 580
panoramic sight and monitor of the thermal imager of SAVAN-15
Target detection range (m)

by day (m)

2000 5000

at night (m)

400 3000
Field-of-view stabilization no in two axes
Fire control override mode no yes
Tank ballistic computer no digital computer with built-in testsystem
Anti-aircraft machine gun, type open (unprotected by armour) closed (protected by armour)
Stabilization no in two axes
Firing modes only when the tank is stationary when the tank is stationary or moving

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