Monday, June 13, 2016

Syrian TV does a show and tell with a T-90A tank

One of the success stories from this recent stretch of the Syrian conflict has been the combat use of the T-90A tank. Which is why Syrian TV made it the star of this show (note the battle damage):

Based on the T-72, the T-90 tank started life as the T-72BU, and for foreign sales reasons was renamed the T-90. Due to a low production rate during the 1990s, a new turret was added and it was subsequently snapped up by India in which to counter the then recent purchase of the T-80U by the Pakistani army. The Indian version was named the T-90S, which under Russian service is classed as the T-90A. The latest improved iteration under Indian service is classed as the T-90MS.

In order to halt the advance of Islamic fundamentalists inside Syria (unlike the West who tried to accept them), the Russians sent vast loads of military arms to help bolster the Assad regime (hey, he may be a despot, but at the end of the day he's a much safer bet than the religious bigots on the other side).

One of the weapons they sent was the T-90 which,equipped with its advanced armour (composite armour and explosive reactive armour) and the Shtora Active Protection System, have given the Syrians the edge in which to take back the fight to the missile equipped terrorists (it's the two lights which come on near the end of the video).

Mind you, that said, whilst the T-90A has given the Syrian Army that new edge, it hasn't stopped one from being captured by the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki rebel outfit.