5 Apr 2018 16:51

First air-conditioned tanks to be supplied to Russian army

MOSCOW. April 5 (Interfax-AVN) - The latest modification of the T-90 tank, T-90M Proryv-3, to be delivered to the Russian army this year will have air conditioning, Rostec's Uralvagonzavod plant said in a statement on Thursday.

"Russia's newest tank, the T-90M, will be the first Soviet and Russian tank with an air conditioner. It [the air conditioner] has been included in the standard configuration of combat vehicles to be supplied this year," the plant said on social networks.

The first Russian tanks equipped with an air conditioner were T-90S supplied to Algeria. Now the feature will be available to the Russian Defense Ministry.

"The tank's air conditioner consists of several cooling units, which can be turned on and off separately. The units can smoothly regulate the speed and direction of the cold air flow. Thanks to this, 30 minutes after the air conditioner is turned on, it will be just as comfortable inside the T-90M tank as in a sedan," the plant said.

The T-90M has plenty of innovative features: it has a new turret, an all-weather and round-the-clock automated fire control system, an improved cannon, and the next-generation dynamic protection, it said.

Russia's newest tank, T-14 Armata, which is undergoing trials, will also have an air conditioning unit.

Uralvagonzavod is Russia's only tank designer and manufacturer.