Janes.com reports that the Uzbek army has begun upgrading its fleet of T-64 main battle tanks to the T-64MV standard following a series of successful user trials.
The upgrade includes replacement of the MBT’s standard five-cylinder 700 hp 5TDF diesel engine with the 840 hp V-84 engine, which is used by the T-72 family of MBTs.
The change in engine is said to bring the mobility of the T-64MV to the same level as that of the T-72 and enable it to operate in all natural climatic conditions. These improvements have been achieved despite the addition of explosive reactive armor to the turret and glacis, as well as an array of statistical protection to the sides of the hull. The upgrade also includes the installation of a digital radio system.