Operator: Status: Number: Cost: Acquired:
Algeria In Service <300 Unknown 1977-1979
Egypt In Service <550 Unknown 1972-1975
Iran In Service ~50 Second-hand from North Korea, Syria, and Libya 1981-1983
Kurdistan Regional Government In Service ~110 Unknown Post-2003
North Korea In Service ~970 Unknown 1971-1989
Syria In Service <1000 Unknown 1972-1984
Yemen In Service <70 Unknown 1979-1986
General Specs
Country of origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Uralvagonzavod – Licensed copies were produced in Czechoslovakia and North Korea (No longer in production)
Introduced: 1961
Combat Weight (tons): 45.7 US tons (41.5 metric tons)
Length (m): 30.5 ft (9.3 m)
Width (m): 11.5 ft (3.5 m)
Height (m): 7.9 ft (2.4 m)
Range (km): 279.6 miles (450 km); with extra fuel tanks: 403.9 miles (650 km)
Engine: V-55 V-12 water cooled diesel engine (580 hp)
Road Speed (km/h): 28 – 31.1 mph (45 – 50 km/h)
Offroad Speed (km/h):
Loader: Manual
Crew: 4
Armor Hull: All-weld steel 100mm in the front and 45-80mm sides; Turret: Cast steel 200-242mm; later models would receive additional bra armor and track skirts or explosive reactive armor (ERA)
NBC Protection Yes
Nightvision Infrared night vision
Laser detection None
Main Armament 115mm U-5TS smoothbore cannon (40 rounds)
Ammunition Carried Armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot (APFSDS), High explosive anti-tank (HEAT), and High explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG)
Secondary Armament 1 x 12.7mm DShK machine gun (300 rounds)
1 x 7.62mm PKT machine gun (2,500 rounds)
Radar/Sensors: Later models included the Volna fire control system
KTD-2 laser range finder
L-4 infrared search light
PAZ radiation detection system
Countermeasures/ Defenses: Engine could produce a smokescreen. Additional smoke grenade launchers were included on later models.
Notes: The North Korean Ch’onma-ho tank is based on the T-62.


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