Today we wrote about how a Ukrainian drone threw an F-1 grenade into the hatch of a T-72B tank. The same fate awaited the modern T-80BVM tank.
What is known
The tank was destroyed in the Donetsk region. The combat vehicle was damaged and was awaiting evacuation for repairs. However, the Ukrainian drone dropped homemade ammunition, which led to the detonation of ammunition.
#Ukraine: Near Vuhledar, #Donetsk Oblast a damaged Russian T-80BVM tank was finished off by an improvised munition dropped from a Ukrainian drone right through an opened hatch- resulting in the catastrophic detonation of the ammo onboard. pic.twitter.com/fYLnyfTjcV
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The T-80BVM is a new Russian tank. It is a modernization of the T-80BV. The development of the combat vehicle began in 2017, and production began in 2019 and is still ongoing.
The tank is 7 meters long (9.56 meters with gun), 3.84 meters wide and 2.22 meters high. The modernization brought the GTD-1000T engine with a capacity of 1250 horsepower, which allows speeds up to 80 km/h. The power reserve is 500 km.
The tank is equipped with dynamic protection “Relic”. The T-80BVM is also equipped with the new Sosna-U sight, which is used on the T-72B3.
According to analysts Oryx, The Armed Forces of Ukraine captured or destroyed 77 T-80BVM tanks. In addition, the Ukrainian Defense Forces managed to eliminate at least one tank of the 2022 model.