Russia has lost a minimum of 13 T-72BA, 381 T-72B3 tanks, and some 270 of its workhorse T-72B/A versions build during Soviet time. Over half of Russia’s tank losses occurred in the first 50 days of the war.
Russia currently has the fourth generation T-14 tank and the third generation T-90M. There is also the improved and upgraded tank, the T-72B, equipped with infrared thermal sights to target and patrol the battlefield day and night. There is also a state-of-the-art fire control system that includes a digital ballistic computer and an array of sensors to measure everything from wind speed and direction to gunpowder temperature. In addition, the range of infrared thermal imaging sights, target detection and identification was extended to several kilometers, including at night and in difficult conditions such as smoke on the battlefield.
Everything seemed fine, but something seemed missing. After battlefield inspection, everyone found that the upgraded T-72B variant has a fatal design flaw. A strange situation: the T-72B provided the tank gunner with a thermal imaging camera, but deprived the commander of his rights
The gunner’s and commander’s sighting equipment were different, and the gunner had an infrared thermal imager that could see targets at night. But the commander’s viewing sight was only equipped with an ordinary optical mirror, and once there was smoke, nothing could be seen and could not be ordered. And without a commander, the gunner can’t take any action.