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TR-125
File:Tr-125 3.JPG
TR-125
Type Main battle tank
Place of origin  Romania
Service history
Used by Romania
Wars none
Production history
Number built 3 or 5
Specifications
Weight 50 tonnes
Length 7.9 m
Width 3.6 m
Height 2.2 m
Crew 3 (commander, driver and gunner)

Armor Composite armour 570 mm (22.4 in) front of the turret
Primary
armament
125 mm A555 smoothbore tank gun
Secondary
armament
PKMT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, DShK 12.7 mm AA machine gun on commander's ring-mount
Engine 8VSA3 diesel
900 hp (671 kW)
Power/weight 18 hp/tonne (13.4 kW/tonne)
Suspension torsion bar


The TR-125 (TR-125 stands for "Tanc Romanesc 125" - Romanian Tank 125) main battle tank is the redesigned T-72 made in Romania made of Romanian components only. Number 125 in the designation stands for the 125 mm A555 smoothbore tank gun. It is now designated P-125.

History

In the late 1970s - early 1980s, the USSR supplied Romania with 30 T-72 main battle tanks. Mass production was also planned and because Romania has a tradition of producing only weapons that are made of domestic made components therefore works on a such a variant were started in mid 1980's. Three (five according to other sources) prototypes were made and tested.

Description

The vehicle has a modified suspension with seven pairs of wheels, unlike the T-72 and most tanks based on it which have six. This allowed the hull to be stretched by 1 m and installation of a more powerful 850-900 HP diesel engine 8VSA3, basically a variant of the engine mounted in TR-85. It used an old DShK machine gun for anti-aircraft purposes and was fitted with extra armour. As a result of these changes the tank's weight increased from 41.5 tonnes (T-72M) to around 50 tonnes.

Operators

  •  Romania - 3 or 5 prototypes

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