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The T-90M Proryv in russia is Transformed Into a Real "Sandwich" With Layers of Explosive Reactive Armor (Photo)

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russia has started equipping the T-90M Proryv tank with dense dynamic protection
russia has started equipping the T-90M Proryv tank with dense dynamic protection

During the production of the T-90M Proryv tank, russia has started installing additional explosive reactive armor mechanisms with a new exceptionally dense scheme. So dense that the Kontakt blocks are installed even on the crew hatches

There are already numerous snapshots of such vehicles taken at different times, but they are booked according to the same principle, so most likely, we are talking about a serial solution. The direction of which is to further strengthen the defense of the vehicle in the upper hemisphere against skidding and FPV drones.

T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express

Due to this protection, the "mangal," which has become merely a platform for attaching ERA blocks, is almost invisible. The placement of the blocks is very dense, drawing attention even to their installation on the turret hatches, which are further covered with hinged screens made of chain-link mesh.

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T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express

The density of the containers on the T-90M is also perfectly demonstrated by the following photo:

T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express

In this case, if previously the "mangal" was raised, and its task was to destroy the ammunition’s cumulative funnel or trigger its premature detonation, for which the structure was raised above the turret, now it is mounted as low as possible.

T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express

Blocks for dynamic protection placed on either side of this structure, covering the space between the turret and the "mangal platform." In the photo below, it is also possible to see the vehicle pierced between the “bags” of DZ – another standard set of additional dynamic protection.

T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express

Another new element of protection is the hinged structure with a chain-link mesh over the motor transmission compartment.

T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express

It is also worth noting that the standard Relikt dynamic protection remains part of the T-90M Proryv tank, and, in fact, we are talking about a "sandwich" of dynamic protection.

But despite the enemy’s really significant strengthening of its vehicle armor, the weight of each Kontakt-1 container with two 4C20 elements is 5.3 kg excluding fixtures.

T-90M Proryv tank, Defense Express
The T-90M Proryv / Illustrative photo from open sources

Such extra weight definitely has a negative impact on both the mobility of the already overloaded T-90M and the turret rotation mechanisms.

It's also necessary to consider that ERA is most effective when placed at an angle. The effectiveness of the Kontakt at the angle of the cumulative jet within 30-40 degrees to the horizontal is 400-450 mm of armor, but at 90 degrees, it drops to 100-200 mm.

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