BotanskiyAvtomobilniyZavod- T-18B Main Battle Tank
The T-18 Line, developed by the ShVZ subsidary BAZ in 1998, has proven to be a valuable asset to the Kliegmean Armed Forces. However, like all Military assets, it faced the test of time. In 2016, the Modernised version of the T-18, based on the scrapped, but promising results of “Object 298”, was revealed to the public. The T-18 were to be fitted with a more effective, and accurate 2A46M-5 Cannon, fitted with a dynamic MRS, providing more accurate data. This also allows for the Tank to fire Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, which tracks targets based on the Tank’s FCS. The Gun isn’t the only thing different however, The “KN-5M” Fire Control System has been installed with integrated combat information and control systems. A Remote Weapon System, the “RV-56-127” has been installed to provide Anti-Air Fire, or provide Fire Support.
The T-18, despite its effectiveness, had weak points. Such as its tendency to explode when it gets hit and penetrated. The R&D team, after researching on this issue, concluded that while the Carousel Autoloader system it has been using isn’t the main issue(in fact, its relatively safe when the tank gets hit, due to it being located in the inner, lower area of the chassis), The sporadically-located reserve shells catching fire, and carrying that damage over to the Carousel was. Thus, the T-18B Model’s reserve shells were relocated into more protected locations. This isn’t it for the Advancement in Survivability of the Tank.
The Turret was slightly Enlarged to allow for not only new sensors and cannons, but also to fit thicker armour. The original “Kaktus-5” ERA Suite has been replaced with the “Ouro” ERA Suite, capable of protecting against even Tandem, and reducing APFSDS penetration by 50%. The “Hinoto” Countermeasure Suite, fitted with active infrared Jammers, laser warning recievers, smoke grenade discharging system, and the Nadeyatsya Signal Reducing System, topped with a computerised control, has been applied to the T-18B.
Finally, its engine has been replaced with a 1130hp V-92SF Diesel Engine, boosting its maximum speed to 62km/h.
Production for the T-18B has been active, with the First Batch of the T-18B being delivered to the 3rd Guards Tank Brigade in 2018. It has replaced or reinforced most Armoured Units in the Kliegmean Army by 2022.