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T-80 BV tanks in Yemen

On the Internet from time to time photos from Yemen appear, which depict Tanks T-80BV, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

T-80 BV tanks in Yemen

"It can be seen that the tank got into the front of the tower with cumulative ammunition - dynamic protection worked properly, and the armor was not pierced," writes the author of the publication, commenting on the photo.

The other "eighties" who were in service with the 3rd brigade of the Republican Guard were much less fortunate: during the fighting, at least one tank was completely destroyed by an internal explosion that broke the tower. The other was badly damaged by a powerful aviation ammunition. In Yemen, it is not possible to restore such a complex combat vehicle.

T-80BV tanks hit the region about 5 years ago. For a long time they were in storage in Belarus, where they were removed from the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany. A total of 92 machines were delivered.

Since the Belarusian command decided to make the main tank T-72, equipment with gas turbine engines was sent to the storage base. For them, they began to look for a buyer abroad. It turned out that this is not so easy.

However, in 2011, it became known that 66 tanks decided to acquire Yemen. Presale preparation was carried out by experts of the 140 Belarusian tank repair plant. Power plants repaired in Kharkov.

"The Yemeni military was very proud to have at their disposal such a high-tech weapon. The first data on its combat use came in October 2014 of the year. In the fighting, government forces used these tanks against Shiite rebels, ”the material says.

It was reported about the seizure of one of the machines in good condition by the opposing party. Later this technique was used sporadically. At least there is very little information about this.

Today, T-80BV practically do not participate in hostilities. Of course, this does not mean that all tanks are out of order - “most likely, they are simply protected for decisive battles,” the author concludes.
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  1. Herculesic
    Herculesic 21 December 2017 15: 42
    It was necessary for Belarusians to take tanks on account of debts! And upgrade for yourself!
    1. Don
      Don 21 December 2017 18: 29
      Quote: Herkulesich
      It was necessary for Belarusians to take tanks on account of debts! And upgrade for yourself!

      In Russia, there are storage facilities, if I am not mistaken, of about 3000 T-80 tanks of various modifications. Of these, it is planned to upgrade only a small batch.
      1. Boris Chernikov
        Boris Chernikov 23 December 2017 19: 07
        so it makes sense to modernize a large batch? How many 80ok are there now in the troops? several hundred, so far they are modernizing, then to the warehouses in the reserve of the first stage, and in their place the t-14 will be customized.
  2. Walking
    Walking 21 December 2017 15: 46
    Probably there are no more spare parts, so they are not visible.
  3. Herculesic
    Herculesic 21 December 2017 15: 50
    For the Hussites, these tanks are a means to completely seize power in their own hands! They burn the equipment with old ATGMs, and if they also capture the T80, they will reach El Riad in general!
    1. PAM
      PAM 21 December 2017 20: 20
      I would like to see how they clash with the Lekler, but given the enemy’s aviation, it’s unlikely that they will be able to touch the French women even if they are Hussites.
    2. Babalaykin
      Babalaykin 21 December 2017 20: 27
      you still need to be able to manage them, and judging by the frames of the video, in slippers this is not very convenient to do.
    3. Boris Chernikov
      Boris Chernikov 23 December 2017 19: 07
      it is unlikely that as soon as they begin to play in the army, they will be quickly bombed