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Dogniss #1 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:14 PM

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Is T-55 still in use?, now in 2011?

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View PostDogniss, on 08 April 2011 - 12:14 PM, said:

Is T-55 still in use?, now in 2011?

According to Wikipedia, yes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-54/55
Service history
In service: 1950–present

A recent photo:
http://en.wikipedia....n_Benghazi1.jpg

Torsoise #3 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:17 PM

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View PostDogniss, on 08 April 2011 - 12:14 PM, said:

Is T-55 still in use?, now in 2011?


Is so hard to use google?


http://tiny.cc/8vz1b

Dogniss #4 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:26 PM

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View PostTorsoise, on 08 April 2011 - 12:17 PM, said:

Is so hard to use google?


http://tiny.cc/8vz1b

I am lazy.

BrianDuffy #5 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:27 PM

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Still active in Lybia as we speak - a couple just got blown up by European fighters!

Bizzy1 #6 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:35 PM

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Yes, got blow up by need moar petrol!

Ecotech #7 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:35 PM

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Still in active duty over here, in Romania. It has been updated / upgraded N+1 times, but no matter what, it is a very old design. A decent APC with a 25mm Bushmaster cannon can take it out, if hit in the oh-so-many weakspots. Most types of anti-tank missiles, even shoulder mounted LAWs (never mind the powerful Manpads) can make minced meat out of it.

Kvasnikov #8 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:39 PM

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I'm wondering when it was modernized to T-55AGM? Somewhat 2000?

It's really cool tank: small, fast and enough firepower to knockout Leopard 2.

Szalona #9 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:39 PM

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You can buy it in Poland (of course with guns destoyed), but there are restictions for moving it to other countries.

Ecotech #10 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:47 PM

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Fully upgraded, it can shoot nicely - however, it can not take the punishment it can deliver. And no matter what you do to it, it is still a 60 year old design, there is no avoiding that.

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View PostKvasnikov, on 08 April 2011 - 12:39 PM, said:

I'm wondering when it was modernized to T-55AGM? Somewhat 2000?

It's really cool tank: small, fast and enough firepower to knockout Leopard 2.
By modern standards its rather slow. And the 10.5cm cannon has nowhere near enough Power to penetrate any modern western MBT frontally.

Niaro #12 Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:58 PM

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Paki Al-Zarrar, a upgraded Type59 wich is a T54 copy.
Same upgrade can be applied to T54/55..

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Romanian TR-580. Base Version was a T55 with a bit longer Hull for a better engine.

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Serbian T55H..
http://upload.wikime...artner_2007.jpg


Israels Achzarit APC and the Russian BTR-T are based on the T54 hull if that counts too.
Iranian Safir 74 is a highly modernized T54 but no idea if they are still in service. (no it has nothing to do with the T72;))
Romanian TR-85M1 wich is an upgraded T55 still produced today.

Ecotech #13 Posted 08 April 2011 - 01:43 PM

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Remember Iraq? Saddam had his T54/55 fleet nicely kitted out, but that did not stop coalition forces from writing "soviet made shit" on their burned out wrecks.

Not that it came as a great surprise, the israelis delivered the same painful lesson to syrian tank drivers (who used export versions, but with some very nice upgrades), some decades before.

Don't get me wrong, it was a great tank in its day. But it is just a totally different design concept, built for a type of warfare that is not around anymore. Lets face it, in anno domini 2011, a tank is more likely to die from a helicopter, a shoulder launched missile, than from the shell of another tank.

It is a very nice showpiece of soviet design thought:  A) build so many of them, that their quantity becomes their quality  B ) Equip them with the bare minimum to be effective in battle C) The crew is expendable.

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Here is a picture of T-55H It is a Modified T-55 by Serbian Army still unknown how many of them are been produced and sold...

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View PostSchwarzie, on 08 April 2011 - 12:52 PM, said:

By modern standards its rather slow. And the 10.5cm cannon has nowhere near enough Power to penetrate any modern western MBT frontally.

Yes, original T-55(or early upgrades) isn't very good, but T-55AGM has 120 or 125 mm main gun and maxium speed of 70 km/h. About the same what Leopard 2. It's like a mini-T-80  :)

Here's lot of information with values before and after modernization:
http://www.morozov.c...body/t55agm.php

Kvasedit:
Let's say something about Finland. No more crew are trained for T-55 but its still as wartime equipment for supporting infantry. Moderdisation to T-55M made it pretty accurate tank. T-55 based bridge layers / mine sweepers allthough are still in use.

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Finnish Defense Forces has T-55Ms in storage and use them for training reservists. The last conscripts to be trained for T-55M was at 2002. T-55M stands for "T-55 Modernized", they have added new firing control systems, night optics, ballistics computers and other updates. I found mentions that these might be sold to Vietnam or somewhere else, since disassembling them is expensive. Last conscripts trained for T-55 based engineer tanks were trained in 2003. I think they still train operators for Marksman AA-guns, which are mounted on T-55 hull. My friend's dad served as a tank commander in T-54s and T-55s in 1970s, he said that he really liked working with the tanks and when many countries still use them, it's unbelievable for 1940s original design!

I didn't serve as a tanker, (a long range recon radioman, NCO), but I heard that they still have T-55s more or less disassembled in storage, which could be quickly prepared to be ready for use in crisis. The old MBT T-72 (before Leopard 2A4) is not in active service and have been scrapped or sold as spares, but they kept the 55. :P

If something is incorrect, I'm sure we have some Finnish tankers who can correct me. ;)

Edit: I seem to have missed the previous post, but I guess it won't hurt having same info twice on same topic. I think my friend's dad said that some other tank managed to get their T-55 going faster than 70km/h in downhill because the limiter was broken/removed, missed a T-junction and ruined 500m of some poor farmer's barbed wire fence in the process! :D The combat engineers in same exercise were really "happy" building the fence again...

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View PostPr0_E, on 08 April 2011 - 02:43 PM, said:

Edit: I seem to have missed the previous post, but I guess it won't hurt having same info twice on same topic.

But you wrote it much better than me ;)

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some are definitely in use as opfor vehicles for training us forces, they are in pretty good shape too!

GehakteMolen #19 Posted 08 April 2011 - 04:30 PM

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View PostKvasnikov, on 08 April 2011 - 12:39 PM, said:

I'm wondering when it was modernized to T-55AGM? Somewhat 2000?

It's really cool tank: small, fast and enough firepower to knockout Leopard 2.

no, it cant take out an western MBT, an Abrahms has armor equivalent to 1000-2000mm of hardened steel (depending of used ammo)

NOWAY an T55 can beat that... thats 5-10x thougher then KT (who was immuum to T54 shells in 1945...) (i know different gun etc, but stil....)

also T55 (and successor T72) got wiped horrible in iraq, 2e iraq war not 1 US/UK MBT was lost (and tons of T72 got crushed) also almost no T55 was used coz they were too bad even for iraq :X

T55 is only good for infantry support vs modern AT weapons, APC, MBT`s its only a target (let alone if they meet some apache warrior or A-10 :X)

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