(version of modernization of T-54, T-55, T-59 and T62 main battle tanks)
The T-55AGM tank is a version of modernization of T-54, T-55, T-59 and T-62 tanks.
In order to enhance all its main combat, technical and operational characteristics, it is fitted with the following:
- Power pack with 5TDFM engine
- Improved running gear
- Automated movement control system with a steering handlebar control
- Additional passive protection, built-in explosive reactive armour, optronic countermeasures system, and new fire suppression system
- Up-to-date fire control system with over-ride facilities at the commander’s station
- Automatic loader
- Anti-aircraft machine gun that can be aimed and fired from within the turret under complete armour protection
- New gun (its calibre can be 125 mm or 120 mm according to Customer’s request).
|The T-55AGM tank is a version of modernization of T-54, T-55, T-59 and T-62 tanks.In order to enhance all its main combat, technical and operational characteristics, it is fitted with the following:
Changes in technical characteristics of the t-55 tank as a result of modernization
Technical characteristics of the communications means
Coaxial machine gun
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 2-STROKE 5TDFM ENGINE
Additional protection package for T-55AGM tank
The additional protection package is intended to increase the level of protection of the tank against chemical energy attack as well as kinetic energy attack (APFSDS) with the minimum possible increase of tank weight.
The additional protection package consists of passive armour protection and explosive reactive armour.
The tank hull nose is fitted with a removable module. The hull sides are fitted with armoured skirting plates as well as rubberised fabric skirts.
The outer perimeter of the front and side parts of the turret is fitted with module sections while the turret roof is fitted with containers of the explosive reactive armour array.
Each section and each container contain explosive components of explosive reactive armour of new generation, designated Nozh.
The protective action of the explosive reactive armour against a chemical energy attack consists in destruction, crushing and changing the direction of the high-energy jet due to action of the explosive reactive armour fragments and products of detonation of the explosive that is stored inside the explosive reactive armour component and is initiated by the high-energy jet.
The protective action of the explosive reactive armour against a kinetic energy attack projectile consists in destruction of the projectile body and changing of the direction of its penetration due to action of the products of detonation of the explosive that is stored inside the explosive reactive armour component and is initiated by the kinetic energy of the projectile.
Installation of the explosive reactive armour increases the level of protection of the T-55AGM tank as follows:
against chemical energy attack – by a factor of 2.3-2.6;
against kinetic energy attack – by a factor of 3.5-4.3.
The explosive reactive armour components do not detonate when hit by small arms bullets (7.62 mm and 12.7 mm in calibre) or automatic cannon rounds (up to 30 mm in calibre). Nor do they detonate when exposed to action of incendiary substances of Napalm type or destructive effects of volumetric explosions.
Vehicle signature reduction means
Dazzle coating of the external surfaces of the tank makes it less liable to be detected in the visible and near-infrared ranges of spectre when the enemy is observing the terrain through optical devices, image intensification night vision devices or low-level television cameras.
The thermal insulation of the power pack compartment top deck makes the tank less liable to be detected by enemy thermal imaging systems or to be sensed by homing warheads of missiles (projectiles, mines) which find targets by using thermal contrast.
Aerosol screen laying system
In order to increase the protection of the T-55AGM tank, it is offered to fit it with an aerosol screen laying system.
The aerosol screen laying system is intended to decoy away anti-tank guided missiles that use semi-active laser-based homing warheads, as well as to create interference to artillery systems fitted with laser range-finders, by means of detecting laser irradiation, determining its direction and laying quick-to-generate aerosol screens.
Main combat and technical characteristics
Collective NBC protection system of the T-55AGM tank
The collective NBC protection system ensures protection of the crew and internal equipment against the effects of nuclear explosions, radioactive and toxic agents, as well as bacteriological agents.
The collective NBC protection system of the tank consists of the following:
The PRKhR-M detector is intended for continuous checking, detection, warning and control of the actuating mechanisms of the protection devices:
The filtering-and-ventilating unit is intended to clean the outside air of toxic agents, radioactive dust and biological aerosols, to supply purified air into the crew compartment, to create overpressure in the crew compartment, and to ventilate the crew compartment in order to remove fire suppressing agents after suppressing a fire.
Fire suppression system
The fire suppression system is an automatic fire/explosion suppression system and meets the modern requirements.
The fire suppression system is intended to detect and suppress fires, to prevent the fuel/oil mixture from exploding due to action of the high energy jet in the crew and power pack compartments; to give commands for switching on ventilation, to remove pirolysis products out of the crew compartment so that the crew members will not get intoxicated by toxic agents.
This ystem differs from other systems in having a quick response in detecting and eliminating fires, a high reliability, simplicity and ease of maintenance.
The system can be activated as follows:
The system can be activated twice before recharging.