(Damascus) As we all know, necessity is the mother of invention and is perfectly exemplified inside Syria where the locals have upgraded their armour in which to give them that extra layer of protection from the ubiquitous RPG . The Syrian Army republican guard uses the T72M1 the export version of the T72A which ironically came about after the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the combat début of the T72 against Israeli M60s. After the battle, the Russians upgraded the frontal armour of the T72 by increasing the armour on the turret by including cavities which they filled with sand, this version became known to the Americans as 'Dolly Patton Armour'. Anyway Syria has found that in close quarters its T72 tanks don't fare well against rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and so they have been retrofitting them with Slat/Bar armour as seen used by the US in Iraq. Anyway here is what a Syrian T72M1 looks like in its natural state:
large charge underneath it.
Hat-tip to the nice fellows at Oryx Blog from where I got the above: