Syrian government troops have greatly improved the T-72AB tank, reports a Russian portal.
As the Russkoe Oruzhie portal indicates, the T-72AB tank has received the Sarab-2 optical-electronic suppression system, which successfully neutralizes enemy anti-tank guided missiles.
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) August 12, 2019
In addition, many have seen in the photos an infrared camcorder mounted on the upper front of the body that helps the driver perform his duties. Experts also noticed a “box” located over the 125mm 2A46 cannon barrel.
“Apparently, it contains the Viper-72 thermal imaging device camera, which was also designed and manufactured in small batches in Syria,” said the publication.
According to the portal, these devices were first seen several years ago and are not as advanced as the T-90A’s night-sighting devices, but their use has significantly increased tank capabilities during night combat.
A video showing terrorists in Syria trying to destroy a Soviet-produced T-55MV government tank has also appeared, reports Russkoe Oruzhie.
According to the portal, the combat vehicle fired its 100 mm cannon at the enemy. The moment the tank turned to change position, it was hit by a missile.
NLF hitting a regime T-55AMV (Thanks @oryxspioenkop) with a 9M133 Kornet in North Hama today. Hit as it's reversing, the tank is obliterated.
Unusually close and clear footage of the fired ATGM. pic.twitter.com/blvo3wVF18
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The quality of the video does not allow us to determine the exact location of the impact. Allegedly, the engine and transmission compartment or one of the two-hundred-liter fuel tanks attached to the rear was hit.
According to the portal, many years of experience watching such videos suggest that if tank damage had been fatal, with internal munitions exploding, militants would have filmed everything to the end. In this case, the damage does not appear to have resulted in the total destruction of the vehicle.