TM-800
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modified: Nov 10, 2012

TM-800 is a Romanian main battle tank derived from the Soviet T-55 and similar to the TR-580.

The TM-800 is largely similar to the T-55. However, it has six smaller road wheels instead of the five larger ones. In addition, it has side skirts extending the full length of the vehicle.

The driver is seated front left, the turret in the center, and the engine compartment at the rear. The driver has a single-piece hatch cover with day periscopes for forward observation. The center one can be replaced by a passive periscope for night driving. In the turret, the commander and gunner are on the left, while the loader is on the right. Both the commander and loader have a cupola with a single-piece hatch cover. The loader mans the anti-aircraft machine gun. 12.7mm ammunition is stored on either side of the turret. The gunner has an independently stabilized telescope. An unditching beam is mounted at the rear of the hull.

The main armament of the TM-800 is a 100mm D-10 series rifled gun fitted with a fume extractor. The tank has IR night vision equipment as well as a fire control system with a ballistic computer and a laser rangefinder. A dozer blade and mine clearing system can be mounted on the front of the hull.

TR-125 is a variant that has some features similar to the Soviet T-72. However, it was not mass produced.

TER-800 is an armed recovery variant of the TR-800.



References: JAA5, JTCV