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Never compare the T-72 tank to the battle that the Iraqis had against America, as they were using old, worn down Polish T-72 tanks that the Poles had sold to Iraq basically as scrap. The barrels were even past their life time operation.
T-72 tank was a good tank for its time.
It still is. The BM variant arguably outmatches the M1A2 is terms of protection and firepower.
Except for the fact that even last T-72 versions have so-so optics...
i read somewhere that T72s have poor protection vs say like RPGs thats even if the warhead does not pen the armor the crew inside will still feel the power of the blast badly is it true?
Most T-72's still in use are encased in enough ERA that they'll have, at a minimum, a fair chance again most light infantry AT weapons, although generally they would still be worse off than Western tanks.
The Soviets followed a Cold War doctrine of overwhelming enemy ground forces with a large quantity of armor, and as a result their tanks were much smaller, cheaper and lighter than Western tanks (most Western tanks like the Abrams or Leopard II range from about 25%-50% heavier than the T-80 and T-72). While the smaller size of the tanks negates some difference in weight, the Soviet tanks were generally not as well armored as comparable western models.
Arguably this has made Soviet armor not age very well, since the type of large scale ground warfare the T-72 was built for has (thankfully) began to seem unlikely to occur anytime soon.
I'm glad someone has the sense to understand this. Most, but not all, people are just like OMG I KNOW IT'S NAME AND IT'S RUSSIAN SO IT MUST BE GOOD!!!1ONE!!!
The_Integral always provides great insight with his comments, unfortunately you only see him every blue moon.
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