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Israel and Slovenia help socialist Vietnam modernize old Soviet and Chinese tanks

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Israel and Slovenia help socialist Vietnam modernize old Soviet and Chinese tanks

The Armed Forces of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam currently have one of the largest parks. tanks T-54/55 / ​​Type59. In total, according to various estimates, in the tank units of the Vietnam People's Army, there are more than 1200 of these vehicles.



Most of them were set back in the years of confrontation by the United States, and after the end of the war for reunification, they managed to make war in Kampuchea. Needless to say, in what condition is this long-obsolete technique.

The quality condition did not improve after the acquisition of a relatively small batch of T-62 tanks (70 units), which are also considered obsolete.


As a result, the Vietnamese had to either buy new armored vehicles or go on a less costly, but also less efficient way, to modernize. Probably, having evaluated all the offers, the Vietnamese chose the Israeli-Slovenian version. At one time, Slovenia, with the help of Israelis, modernized its old Yugoslav fifty-five. The Vietnamese T-55M3 also began to look approximately the same.


The tank received an 105-mm rifled gun, which allows the use of projectiles of the NATO standard. At one time, Israel likewise helped China. As they say, nothing personal, only business. In addition, the machine appeared 60-mm grenade launcher.


The tank was equipped with a modern Slovenian-made Fotona SGS-55 fire control system with a laser rangefinder, a digital ballistic computer and a two-plane stabilizer. Modern surveillance devices have also received a commander and driver.


The SLA data were exported to Iran and India, where they proved themselves quite well.

Israeli specialists have taken care of additional reservations and the installation of a modern fire system. It was reported about the possible use of it 1000-strong German diesel engine. However, apparently, as well as on the Slovenian tank, most likely a revision of the standard motor was made in order to increase its power to the 600 hp.


It was expected that Vietnam is upgrading in this way around 300 machines, but so far there is no information on how these works are carried out.
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  1. fortunophile
    fortunophile 20 May 2013 11: 40 New
    +5
    I hope this is not for the $ 10 that Russia gave on credit, having forgiven in 000 the previous loan of $ 000?
  2. orff
    orff 20 May 2013 11: 42 New
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    Forgot to mention that the Israelis modernized Georgian tanks. They burned well in 2008.
    1. fortunophile
      fortunophile 20 May 2013 11: 44 New
      +1
      Quote: orff
      Forgot to mention that the Israelis modernized Georgian tanks. They burned well in 2008.

      There the tankers were such that our trophies were taken directly from the hangars ... So it wasn’t really what was burning, except for the boats in Poti and those paratroopers were burned.
      1. orff
        orff 20 May 2013 12: 10 New
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        Burnt Georgian T-72 tank in Tskhinval.
        1. igor67
          igor67 20 May 2013 13: 31 New
          +2
          Quote: orff
          Burnt Georgian T-72 tank in Tskhinval.

          Is it released in Georgia and how does it differ from Russian T72? Yes, nothing more than practically professionalism of tankers
    2. Vadivak
      Vadivak 20 May 2013 20: 35 New
      +2
      Quote: orff
      Israelis modernized Georgian tanks. They burned well in 2008.


      Oh no, T-72-SIM-1. we would have such modernized by the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The updated tanks were equipped with new communications equipment, friend-or-foe devices, a GPS navigation system, two (for the driver and gunner) thermal imager, a complex for the use of guided weapons, and also new armor. Most of them did not act at the forefront, since the Georgian command sought to preserve expensive weapons, in the occupied territory at the military base in Senaki there were several dozen T-72 tanks. However, how to get them and how they are managed in general was not clear: all the electronics they have is Israeli. But the GRU worked well: within two days, an expert was captured right in Tbilisi who trained Georgian crews and knew all the secrets, delivered him directly to the base, where he “split” ....
  3. svp67
    svp67 20 May 2013 11: 44 New
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    It was expected that Vietnam is upgrading in this way around 300 machines, but so far there is no information on how these works are carried out.
    Everything seems to be fine, the only question is, after such an upgrade, will this tank be able to fight new Chinese cars? I think that Omsk or Kharkov modernization would be more promising ...
  4. atalef
    atalef 20 May 2013 11: 47 New
    +2
    12 years ago, a friend of mine participated in the modernization of the Vietnamese infantry fighting vehicles and their conversion from hydraulic control to electric. So cooperation has been established for a long time.
    1. Alexey Prikazchikov
      Alexey Prikazchikov 20 May 2013 13: 19 New
      0
      Atalef and suo on tanks set with thermal imagers during modernization?
    2. Pimply
      Pimply 20 May 2013 14: 32 New
      +2
      In Vietnam, a plant is currently under construction which will produce Galil Ase and, probably, Tavor. Globes reported.

      Here, for example, are Vietnamese marines with the Tavors.
      1. Alexey Prikazchikov
        Alexey Prikazchikov 20 May 2013 14: 58 New
        +1
        It would have been better if they had bought the new ones all the time. Although there is logic in the Galilee too. He was made on the basis of the Finnish machine, and that on the basis of Akm. So retrain people do not. And the Vietnamese look great in the photo. not half-naked stripped rags like 40 years ago.
        1. Pimply
          Pimply 20 May 2013 15: 36 New
          +2
          Have you seen the new Galil Ace?
          1. Alexey Prikazchikov
            Alexey Prikazchikov 20 May 2013 17: 46 New
            +3
            Yes, a handsome man will successfully conquer the first half of the 21st century until they come up with some kind of railgans. True brand is still preferable. But they still don’t run around the jungle with a long trunk.
  5. Tourist Breakfast
    Tourist Breakfast 20 May 2013 11: 48 New
    +2
    In addition, a 60 mm grenade launcher appeared on the machine.


    Maybe a mortar?
    1. SergeySK
      SergeySK 20 May 2013 12: 07 New
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      Tourist Breakfast

      And you better know that! Your going to put this shit!

      So you answer!

      True, neither the manufacturer nor the model of the 60 mm automatic grenade launcher is known to me! ! !
    2. svp67
      svp67 20 May 2013 12: 15 New
      0
      Quote: Tourist Breakfast
      Maybe a mortar?
      If for sure then most likely the conversation is about "mortars" similar to our Cloud system ...
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 20 May 2013 12: 32 New
        +1
        If the Israelis did, it’s rather a mortar
        1. Pimply
          Pimply 20 May 2013 14: 32 New
          0
          He is. Good thing.
  6. zanoza
    zanoza 20 May 2013 12: 03 New
    +2
    Quote: Tourist Breakfast
    Maybe a mortar?


    40 mm grenade launcher. In photo No. 3, on the left of the tower, its trunk is clearly visible.
    1. Tourist Breakfast
      Tourist Breakfast 20 May 2013 12: 41 New
      -1
      40 mm grenade launcher. In photo No. 3, on the left of the tower, its trunk is clearly visible.

      Yes, it seems you're right.
  7. mojohed
    mojohed 20 May 2013 13: 25 New
    +1
    In any case, if there is such a theater of operations as the Vietnamese and border jungles, heavy tanks will not pass there. It was not for nothing that our pt-76s fought there - not the most difficult of those available.
  8. razved
    razved 20 May 2013 22: 22 New
    0
    why didn’t Russia modernize the Vietnamese tanks?
    1. Alexander D.
      Alexander D. 20 May 2013 22: 36 New
      0
      why didn’t Russia modernize the Vietnamese tanks?

      Because on the Russian tanks soon their own soldiers will begin to be afraid to ride:
      http://top.rbc.ru/incidents/20/05/2013/858274.shtml