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Why the T-72 tank is still the backbone of the Russian army after 50 years in service

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

A T-72B3M tank at the Army 2021 International Military and Technical Forum in Russia, August 26, 2021. Donat Sorokin/TASS via Getty Images
The T-72 tank is nearly 50 years old, but it still has a central role in the Russian Army.
Nearly 18,000 T-72s were made before the Soviet breakup, and about 2,000 are still in service in Russia.
The updated T-72B3M has deployed with Russian forces since 2014 and has seen combat in Ukraine and Syria.
Russia's T-72 tank refuses to retire: Although the Russian T-72 tank is nearly 50 years old, it still has a role on the battlefield and might just be the...
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