The National Guard of the Republic of Cyprus currently operates over 80 T-80U and T-80UK. These main battle tanks are in service with the 20th Armored Brigade and have proven themselves well during long-term operation.
The local military appreciate them for their excellent speed characteristics, maneuverability, firepower and reliable armor protection.
The high combat readiness of the equipment is maintained due to the qualified operation of the material part. The video channel of the island nation’s defense department posted a 39-second video showing the maintenance of the GTD-1250 engine.
During the work carried out in a special hangar, the “heart” of the tank was removed from the engine compartment using a special crane. Interestingly, there is a female soldier in the repair crew.
It took the specialists a relatively short time to carry out all the necessary manipulations, after which the monoblock took its usual place behind the tower.
Gas turbines are generally said to be afraid of dust. For example, in Cyprus, there is an abundance of dusty areas, but the “eighties” serve there without any problems. Domestic designers took care of extremely thorough air purification, as a result, 1250-horsepower engines never choke on the marches and during intensive maneuvering on the ranges.
Large fuel savings are facilitated by the presence on such Russian-made tanks of small-sized auxiliary power units operating in positions and at regular parking lots, at a time when the main power plant is not functioning.
During combat training, Cypriot guards also regularly conduct live firing with guided munitions, while in such exercises targets located at sea are hit.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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