T-90MS - “new wine in an old bottle”?
The Russian defense concern Uralvagonzavod presents the T-90MS tank as a “radical editorial board” tanks family T-90, writes the Chinese portal mil.news.sina.com.cn.
The machine is equipped with the latest 125 mm mm smoothbore gun family 2А46 - 2А46М5, which has increased barrel durability (1200 shots), achieved through the use of new production processes. Thanks to an improved fire control system, shooting accuracy is increased by 15-20%.
The armament includes 9М119М1 tank missiles with a range of about 5 km, which can penetrate homogeneous armor 950 mm thick. Information about the development of new armor piercing projectiles (presumably two types) is kept secret.
The tank is equipped with an improved fire control system (QMS) “Kalina” with a new digital ballistic computer and a thermal sight. Russia recognizes that the technological level of the JMA is inferior to modern Western systems. The tank is also equipped with a remotely controlled machine gun caliber 7,62 mm.
The armor protection of the T-90MS is not significantly different from the T-90C, but this tank can be equipped with a new generation of reactive and active armor. The tank is designed for use in battles inside urban buildings.
T-90MS technologies, such as advanced smoothbore gun, reactive and active armor, thermal imaging devices and digital systems, will be used as the basis for developing a new generation tank. In turn. Uralvagonzavod is ready to integrate promising technologies into the T-90MS based on the principle of “new wine in an old bottle”. Such innovations will inevitably lead to an increase in the cost of the tank. The price of a single T-90MS is expected to exceed 4 million.