Grumpy Old Man
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The other issue is that the T-72 (in all original and modified forms) is still unarmoured in the ammo storage areas, it lacks an effective air conditioning unit and is still highly vulnerable to the endemic design flaw of the floor based ammo bustle. That is a design weakness that has not been fixed.Pendekar said:M1 and LEO was considered a heavy MBT compare to T-72 series. which of this tanks can better operate in the soft ground of Malaysia? which will they prefer? an extra protection of the M1 or the high mobility of T-72s.
Get hit in the mantle by a decent APDS and the T-72 will brew up faster than a microwaved coffee in a stainless steel cup. That design weakness has not been designed out - and it can't be due to internal structural limitations. Ditto for it's load out slots - all are unarmoured. If it lets go - then goodnight Irene as the inside of the MBT will look like new years eve.
I've seen a couple of T-72's after they were hit in the mantle and top skirts - and they looked like the inside of a mortuary.