In their quick and disorderly retreat from various sectors of Ukraine caused by a powerful Ukrainian counter-attack, Russian forces left some high-value equipment behind them, as Army Recognition already reported on September 16. Among the Russian equipment recovered, the Ukrainian army announced on September 18, via Twitter, that it had obtained a T-90M Proryv-3 tank, one of the most modern in the Russian land forces that lost at least another one in combat last May.
“The last Russian T-90M tank was found in the Kharkiv region in perfect condition. We ask its owner to contact the Ukrainian army. Please identify yourself with a sign: a white flag, “said the Ukrainian general staff, who took the opportunity to distribute photographs showing the interior of this machine. This tank recovered by the Ukrainian army is in good condition, except that it seems to have a problem with a track, which would explain why it was abandoned. It was found under a “Nakidka” tarpaulin, made of a material that supposedly absorbed radar waves..
The main armament of the T-90M Model 2017 Proryv-3 consists of one 125 mm 2A46M-4 smoothbore gun able to fire standard ammunition but also anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) Refleks NATO Code AT-11 Sniper-B. The layout of the T-90M Model 2017 Proryv-3 is similar to all the families of Russian T-90 MBT with a driver at the front, a turret in the center, and the powerpack at the rear.
The T-90M features a new all-welded turret design protected by the Relikt ERA (Explosive Reactive Armor) armor fitted at the front and on each side of the turret. It features higher protection performance and serviceability compared with the Kontakt-5 ERA suite.