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T-90 info Doc.

The T-90 is the newest main battle tank (MBT) in service with the Russian

Ground Forces. It is a further development of the T-72, with some of the

features from the T-80. This new variant of the T-72 was originally called T-

72BU but after poor performance of the T-72 in combat in the Persian Gulf

War (especially against western tanks such as the M1 Abrams, M60 Patton,

Challenger 1) and in the First Chechen war it was decided to rename it to

improve its chances on the export market.

The T-90 with an 840 hp (630 kW) engine went into low-level production in

1993, based on a prototype designated T-72BU. The T-90 was developed by

Russia's Kartsev-Venediktov Design Bureau at the Uralvagonzavod factory in

Nizhny Tagil. The T-90 features a new generation of Kontakt-5 explosive

reactive armor on its hull and turret. Two variants, the T-90S and T-90E,

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