The Kharkiv Armored Plant State Enterprise, part of the Ukrainian Defense Industry Ukroboronprom (UOP), carried out deep modernization of the T-64BVK command tank. The updated vehicle successfully passed standard tests.
The T-64BVK received upgrades such as modern surveillance devices, including thermal imaging, a rear hemisphere television surveillance, the latest satellite navigation equipment and a commander's cupola with a 12.7 mm NSVT machine gun. Replaced parts also include illumination devices, a radio station, intercom and switching equipment, front ejection panels and other impovements. The upgraded tank now has another surveillance camera for the commander with a detection range of up to 2000 meters. There is also an additional filter for the primary refining of the fuel system.
"Our main task is to provide the Ukrainian army with reliable and updated military hardware that satisfy the requirements of modern combat," Herman Smetanin said, the director of the Kharkiv Armored Plant State Enterprise. Mr. Smetanin also added: "Modernization of the command tank is extremely important, as it is necessary not only to significantly improve the existing tactical-technical characteristics, but also to create all the appropriate conditions for effective control over the detachment in all weather conditions and at any time of day. The employees of the plant have successfully completed this task. This is especially important in the context of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine."
T-64BV, together with the T-64B, is the basis for the tank troops of the Ukraine's Land Forces. The main weapon is 125-mm gun with an effective range of up to 5 km.