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Ukraine Delivers Main Battle Tanks to Thailand
Ria Novosti ^ | 05/02/2014

Posted on 02/06/2014 12:38:36 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

KIEV, February 5 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine has delivered the first five main battle tanks to Thailand of a 2011 order worth over $200 million, a state-run arms exporter said Wednesday.

The shipment is part of an order of 49 Oplot-M tanks to be put in service with the Royal Thai Armed Forces in the near future.

The Ukrainian tanks arrived at the port of Sattahip on Tuesday and will undergo additional acceptance trials, Ukrspetsexport said in a statement.

The Oplot is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun.

The main gun can fire a laser-guided missile against battle tanks, armored vehicles and hovering helicopters within a range of five kilometers (3.1 miles).

The tank’s protection system integrates both passive armor and explosive reactive armor.

Ukraine has recently become an active competitor on global arms markets thanks to a reputation for reliable weaponry, relatively low prices and extended post-sale and repair warranties.

According to data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Ukraine exported major conventional arms worth $1.3 billion in 2012, making it the fourth largest arms exporter in the world that year.

Sales to Asian countries accounted for 47 percent of exports, while African countries and former Soviet states bought 23 percent and 21 percent respectively of Ukrainian arms, SIPRI reported.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: mbt; thailand; ukraine

1 posted on 02/06/2014 12:38:36 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

THAILAND????


2 posted on 02/06/2014 12:41:46 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

4 mill per copy? That’s dirt cheap!


3 posted on 02/06/2014 12:42:08 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: JRios1968
obliviously; think ChiComs..or Vietnamese.

4 posted on 02/06/2014 12:44:19 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Gen.Blather

Yes, it is. The Oplot is a modernized T-80 which has been around for almost 40 years now so it’s “mature” and not terribly difficult or risky to build.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 12:48:07 PM PST by FAA
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“The main gun can fire a laser-guided missile “

They are going to wish it didn’t fire that missile.


6 posted on 02/06/2014 12:49:22 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Gen.Blather
4 mill per copy? That’s dirt cheap!

Don't say that so loud.

Every freakin municipality in the US will be buying one...

7 posted on 02/06/2014 12:50:01 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Nice muzzle... is that the Airsoft version?


8 posted on 02/06/2014 12:50:53 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Nice lipstick on the muzzle.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 12:52:46 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: nascarnation

“Every freakin municipality in the US will be buying one... “

That sudden proliferation of tanks in your neighborhood is your tax money given to financial supporters (tank manufacturers). The army can’t use those obsolete things so they’re giving them to local law enforcement. (Crony capitalism.) I have a muzzle loading rifle manufactured at the end of the civil war. They were never issued because they were obsolete when made. So, they’re all in perfect condition. (Same thing, different time.)


10 posted on 02/06/2014 12:55:14 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: nascarnation

Probably too late, now....


11 posted on 02/06/2014 12:56:48 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

does Maine want them back?

//sorry, stupid joke


12 posted on 02/06/2014 12:57:14 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Coming soon to a police department near you.

(You got a problem with that, citizen?)


13 posted on 02/06/2014 1:02:15 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I thought that was lipstick?


14 posted on 02/06/2014 1:19:16 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: AppyPappy

“They are going to wish it didn’t fire that missile.”

Might as well send up a signal flare these days...


15 posted on 02/06/2014 3:02:07 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: JRios1968

LOL!!


16 posted on 02/06/2014 3:02:51 PM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: sukhoi-30mki

In steaming hot Thailand, that bad boy better have A/C inside for the crew.


17 posted on 02/06/2014 4:35:04 PM PST by lurk
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To: FAA

>>>Yes, it is. The Oplot is a modernized T-80 which has been around for almost 40 years now so it’s “mature” and not terribly difficult or risky to build.<<<

More like a T-64 and a crappy unreliable diesel instead of gas-turbine.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 8:26:05 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: sukhoi-30mki
That's a beautiful tank. The Ukrainian tank-factory is in Kharkov (Kharkiv in Ukrainian) and that city was the last major municipality ever taken by the German Army in World War II. The Germans under Field Marshal von Manstein retook the city in 1943 and held it long enough to use some of the T-34s that were on the production line. SS tanks in Kharkov, Ukraine photo tanks-of-the-1st-SS-Panzer-Division-Leibstandarte-SS-Adolf-Hitler-n-Kharkov-March-1943_zps045da970.jpg
19 posted on 02/08/2014 3:09:02 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: cunning_fish

Good condition T-64s would still be devastating platforms for engaging Styker-type and BTR-type vehicles. While the poor armor is very vulnerable to even lighter shoulder-fired weapons the T-64’s main gun with modern ammo is a threat even to today’s tanks.

At Fort Benning we wargame against OPFORs with obsolete CCCP vehicles and especially in an urban environment Blue losses can go quite high against those systems.

Perhaps Thailand would prefer diesel engines as there are some advantages.


20 posted on 02/08/2014 3:27:04 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

T-64 was a complicated nighmare. Cost and maintenance problems were a primary reasons why it was replaced with much more primitive T-72 with Soviet military, initially designed for Third World customers.
T-72 was priced at 340 to 420 thousand rubles for domestic market at the time and T-64 was 830 to way over million.


21 posted on 02/08/2014 5:43:55 PM PST by cunning_fish
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