The T-72B3 is Russia's latest modernized version of the T-72 Soviet battle tank; it specifically features advanced armor protection and is rightly touted by the media for being "super-protected."
The upgraded T-72B3 tank was showcased for the first time during a rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow.
Apart from the new Relikt explosive reactive armor package, which covers the rear part of the turret, the tank is also fitted with anti-cumulative screens which protect rear parts of the hull.
Ever since Turkey lost at least 10 German-built Leopard main battle tanks to rear assaults in urban combat with Daesh during the Syrian War, the world's armies have had to re-think the war machines' vulnerabilities.
Russia received new batch of T72B3. Russia is modernizing its T72 fleet to B3 standards for enhancing its operational age & compactability. pic.twitter.com/saPODbcNsN— Strategical Journal (@Strategical_JL) 27 июля 2017 г.
The modernized T-72B3 can travel 70 kilometers per hour thanks to its 1,130 horsepower engine, which has improved the tank's mobility despite its increased weight of about 45 tons.
The T-72B3 is also equipped with a new ballistic computer to increase accuracy. Additionally, it is fitted with an independent panoramic sight for the tank's commander, with its own thermal imaging device.
At present, the upgraded T-72B3s are entering tank divisions of the Russian army, Vestnik Mordovii reported.