|Type||Main battle tank|
|Place of origin||Romania|
|Number built||3 or 5|
|Crew||3 (commander, driver and gunner)|
|Armor||Composite armour 570 mm (22.4 in) front of the turret|
|125 mm A555 smoothbore tank gun|
|PKMT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, DShK 12.7 mm AA machine gun on commander's ring-mount|
900 hp (671 kW)
|Power/weight||18 hp/tonne (13.4 kW/tonne)|
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.
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.
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.
- Brief history of tanks in Romanian Army
- One of the very few active topics discussing TR-125 on the Romanian internet
- Polish page about T-72 based tanks including TR-125
- Word document presumably containing the response given by the Romanian MoD - Armaments Department to an inquiry concerning TR-125
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