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The T-72 is a Main Battle Tank that has made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault, and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

T-72
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Faction - Soviet Union
- Nogovan Partisans
- FIA
Type Medium Tank
Seats 3 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
Item capacity Max:
  • 10× Weapons
  • 50× Magazines
Top speed ~ 59 km/h
Fuel capacity 700 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Cannon 120 mm
Secondary armament Coaxial:
  • 1× MG 7.62 mm
Variants None
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The T-72 is a Medium Tank that is primarily used by the Soviet military, and well as in limited numbers with the Nogovan Partisans/FIA guerrillas in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

  • Role:
    • Direct fire and maneuver
« T72 with its low profile is closely related to the T-64, which is produced solely for USSR armed forces. This tank includes several capabilities including fitment of additional armor or dozer blade for obstacle clearance and preparation of firing positions. It is powered by a V-12 multi-fuel engine that is capable of running on diesel, benzene or kerosene. For extension of operational range, the T72 can carry two 200 liter external fuel drums which can be tactically jettisoned if required.
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Design Edit

A cheaper version of its contemporary counterpart, the T-64, the T-72 was one of the most advanced Medium Tanks to have been designed for use by the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. Since its introduction to service in 1971, it has and continues to be the standard armoured fighting vehicle of many armies across the world.

Armament
It is armed with a 120 mm smoothbore cannon and has a coaxial 7.62 mm medium machine gun for use against infantry. The T-72's standard loadout gives it 35 rounds of high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and armour-piercing (AP) shells for the main gun (for a combined total of 70 shells). The coaxial 7.62 mm MMG on the other hand, feeds from a single 500-round belt box.

Features
In all aspects, the T-72 is far superior to its medium American counterpart. Unlike the M60A3, the shells fired by the T-72's 120 mm cannon hit harder, and have more range and accuracy. It also has a higher top speed and slightly better armour plating as it's able to resist up to two direct hits from rockets fired by an M72 LAW.

Mobility
When it comes to handling, the T-72 is inferior to the American M1A1 and the Soviet military's own T-80 tank, as its turn rate is more sluggish and is unable to match the latter two when it comes to both speed and acceleration.

Notable Traits
Its main advantage is that loadout-wise, it is (at least for the main gun) completely identical to the M1A1 and shares the same firepower output, but lacks a coaxial HMG and uses a 7.62 mm MMG instead.

Crew Capacity
The T-72 has a crew capacity of three, which consists of the driver, a gunner, and the commander.

Trivia Edit

  • The T-72 shares the same 120 mm cannon with the American M1A1 despite the fact that the T-72 in reality was always armed with the 2A46 series of 125 mm cannons.
    • Separate config entries for a 125 mm cannon weapon and its ammunition do exist in the game's configuration files but remain unused. Whether the decision to arm the T-72 with a 120 mm cannon was intended by design or is simply an oversight is not known.

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ArmA 2 Edit

T-72
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Faction - CDF
- Russian Armed Forces
- ChDKZ
- NAPA
- Takistani Army
Type Main Battle Tank
Seats 3 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
Item capacity Max:
  • 20× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
Top speed ~ 55 km/h
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× D-81 125 mm
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 1× DShKM 12.7 mm HMG

Coaxial:

  • 1× PKT 7.62 mm

Defensive:

  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants None
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The T-72 is a Main Battle Tank that is operated by several OPFOR, BLUFOR, and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

  • Role:
    • Direct fire and maneuver
« The T-72, introduced in the early 1970s, is not an evolution of the T-64, but rather a parallel development, simpler to produce and maintain. While the T-64 was provided only to forward-deployed Soviet units, the T-72 was deployed within the USSR and exported to non-Soviet Warsaw Pact armies and numerous other countries.
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Design Edit

The T-72 in ArmA 2 mostly remains the same as its Cold War-era model. The only difference is that it has better armour (though not by much) and a more balanced loadout. It is also fitted with an external turret-mounted HMG turret that can be used by the commander.

Armament
It retains the 7.62 mm coaxial MMG but unlike its predecessor, the T-72 is now armed with a 125 mm cannon along with a turret-mounted DShKM HMG. The main gun now has 23 rounds of armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) and 22 rounds of high-explosive (HE) shells.

The coaxial MMG on the other hand feeds from a single 2,000-round linked belt, while the HMG is pre-loaded with a single 150-round belt box along with three more spare boxes.

Drawbacks
Relatively outdated by modern standards, it lacks the tough armour of its latest American counterpart, nor can it fire gun-launched anti-tank missiles like its modern Russian incarnation. It is also fairly slow and cannot accelerate as quickly.

Likewise, the T-72 is not fitted with contemporary electronics or fire control systems. It lacks a laser rangefinder, and is unable to toggle thermal or night vision modes like its Czech counterpart, which makes it mostly useless when there is poor visibility.

Overall, this means that the T-72 is mostly outmatched by all of its heavier counterparts, as all these drawbacks mean that it isn't much better than the T-55 (which is even older than the T-72).

Crew Capacity
It has a maximum capacity of three crewmen which consists of the driver, a gunner, and the commander. It is unable to transport any passengers.

Camouflage Edit

  • Woodland: Olive green paint scheme with dark brown camouflage blobs. Only used on CDF-operated T-72s.
  • Insurgent: Olive green paint scheme with spraypainted stroke patterns and a red cross stripe. Used by Chedaki-operated T-72s.
  • Olive: Flat olive green paint scheme. Used on NAPA T-72s.
  • Desert: Standard two-tone desert tan/olive green camouflage scheme. Used by T-72s operated by the Takistani Army.
  • Nakidka: Olive green paint scheme with black/tan camouflage blobs. Exclusively used on Russian T-72s.

Trivia Edit

  • The T-72 is one of the most ubiquitous vehicles in ArmA 2, with almost every faction using it as either their primary MBT or in the case of the Russian Armed Forces, as an alternate counterpart to the heavier T-90.
  • Oddly enough, rusted wrecks of the T-72 placeable in the editor make an appearance in ArmA 3 despite the fact that none of the factions make use of the T-72 (the tank itself does not make an appearance as a usable vehicle in-game).

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See also Edit

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration Edit