Syria has developed a new passive armour package to enhance the survivability of its Russian-supplied T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBT) against RPG-7 rocket propelled grenades.

Photographs published on a pro-Syrian military Facebook page on 9 August show a T-72M1 with a locally designed bar/slat armour array fitted to its turret to provide increased protection against RPG-7 rounds through a full 360 degrees.

The bar armour is on an all-welded frame positioned a short distance from the turret. It would appear that gaps have been left in the left side of the bar armour so that the sighting system for the 125 mm smooth bore gun is not obscured. […]