Patton Museum - T-72M1 Main Battle Tank
Bill Maloney

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01T72M1MainBattleTank 02T72M1MainBattleTank 03T72M1MainBattleTank 04T72M1Turret
01 T-72M1 Main Battle Tank 02 T-72M1 Main Battle Tank 03 T-72M1 Main Battle Tank 04 T-72M1 Turret
05T72DriversHatch 06T72LoadersHatch 07T72CommandersHatch 08T72CommandersHatch
05 T-72 Driver's Hatch 06 T-72 Loaders Hatch 07 T-72 Commander's Hatch 08 T-72 Commander's Hatch
09T72DriversPosition 10T72InfaredSpotlight 11T72DrivingLamp 12T72ExhaustCoolAirPipes
09 T-72 Driver's Position 10 T-72 Infared Spotlight 11 T-72 Driving Lamp 12 T-72 Exhaust Cool Air Pipes
13T72ExhaustCoolAirPipes 14T72ExhaustCoolAirPipes 15T72TankStorageTube 16T72TankDriveSprocket
13 T-72 Exhaust Cool Air Pipes 14 T-72 Exhaust Cool Air Pipes 15 T-72 Tank Storage Tube 16 T-72 Tank Drive Sprocket

T-72M1 Main Battle Tank Specifications:

More Soviet T-72 Main Battle Tanks at other Military Museums in the northeast
T-34/85 Medium Tank Soviet T-34/85 Tank
A Soviet T-72 Main Battle Tank at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario Another T-72 Main Battle Tank at the AAF Tank Museum in Danville, VA
  T-34/85 Tank
  Another T-72 Main Battle Tank at the US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, MD

Length: 31 feet, 3 inches
11 feet, 9 inches
7 feet, 2 inches
44 Tons
Max Speed: 37mph
Range: 310 miles
Armor: Laminate 7.8" Glacis Plate
Powerplant: V-84 V12 Water Cooled Diesel 840hp
Fuel Capacity: 317 Gallons
 125mm 2A46m Smoothbore Cannon
 7.62 Coax Machine Gun
 12.7mm Cupola Mounted Machine Gun
Entered Service: 1971
Unit Cost: $310,000

This particular T-72 Main Battle Tank was captured from the Iraqi army by the US 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991. The original Iraqi tank crew devised an interesting series of pipework. It looks like it draws cooler air from in front of the tank which is sucked into the exhaust stream, cooling the exhaust gasses and lowering the infared heat signature of the tank's diesel engine exhaust. Because of the uniqueness of the modification, it was brought back to the US for study. I haven't been able to find anything stating how effective this exhaust cooling system was.

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