Main Armament: 2A46M 125 mm Smoothbore Gun
Capacity: 43 rounds
Secondary Armament: 12.7mm Kord Heavy machine gun,7.62mm PKMT
Armor: Steel-composite-reactive blend Kontakt-5
Weight: 46 tonnes (51 short tons)
Length: 9.63 m (31 ft 7 in) (gun forward)
Width: 3.78 m (149 in)
Height: 2.22 m (87 in)
Engine: V-84MS 12-cyl. diesel
Operational Range: 550 km (340 mi)
Top Speed:60 km/h (37 mph)
Crew: 3 (commander, gunner, driver,)
The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. The tank is a moderate variation of the T-72B and incorporates many features found on the T-80U. It is the most advanced tank in service with Russian Ground Forces. It was originally to be called the T-72BU, but was later renamed to T-90. The T-90 uses a 125 mm 2A46 smoothbore main gun, the 1A45T fire-control system, an upgraded diesel engine and thermal sights. Standard protective measures include a blend of steel, composite armour, smoke dischargers, Kontakt-5 explosive-reactive armor, laser warning receivers, Nakidka camouflage and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. The EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse (EMP) creator has been used in testing but not fitted to T-90s in active service. It was designed and built by Uralvagonzavod. Since 2011, the Russian armed forces have ceased any further orders for the T-90, and are instead anticipating the development of the T-14 Armata that is expected to enter service in 2017.
For the 1/72 Russian commander, the T-90 is the steel punch in any armor advance. The ability to engage enemy armor and vehicles with a 125mm gun is a must when facing any enemy tank formations. With the backing of infantry and artillery, and the cover of aircraft, the T-90 is one of the deadliest cogs in the Russian combined arms machine. However limitation include a low speed ratio in comparison with current NATO main battle tanks like the Leopard or Leclerc, and reactive armor that can be overcome with some new secondary charge warheads being carried by enemy tanks. Still the most prevailing factor for this tank, as with any other armor vehicles on the battlefield, will be the securing of air supremacy of the battle space. Coupled with the great A2AD capabilities of S-400 systems this could be possible. It is up to any T-90 formation commander to use his assets well.
Strong vs: Light Tanks, Medium Tanks, Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Armored Personnel Carriers, Artillery (Line of Sight), Non-Anti Tank Equipped Infantry
Weak vs: Attack Helicopters, Attack Aircraft, Anti-Tank Equipped Infantry, Landmines, Improvised Explosive Devices, Artillery (non-Line of Sight), Cruise Missiles