A T-72 tank, modernized to NATO standards was displayed at the recent MSPO-2017 exhibition to demonstrate capabilities of the tank, christened PT-17, to the Ministry of Defense of Poland.
In April 2017, Ukroboronprom and the Zaklady Mechaniczne “Bumar – Labedy” S.A. started joint T-72 modernization. Ukroboronprom launched integration of the best Ukrainian technological developments, namely: UOP developed and supplied tank loader, a new engine, transmission, modernized engine transmission compartment, new 120mm caliber guns, fire control system, APU, active armor and a tower evaluation unit.
All these units are developed in accordance with NATO standards, because today the Ministry of Defense of Poland, a NATO member state, is a potential customer of a new tank.
In turn, the Polish side noted that it is amazed by the Ukrainian specialists’ efficiency, who managed in less than 5 months develop, manufacture and supply all units, components and spares to ensure a full-scale presentation of the new tank at MSPO-2017.
The positive decision of the Ministry of Defense of Poland to purchase PT-17 tanks will allow Ukrainian enterprises to participate in a large-scale project for the rearmament of the Polish Army, estimated at several hundred million USD.