October 16, 2016

2827 ROMANIA - TR-85M1 "Bizonul" (The Bison)

The TR-85 is a main battle tank designed for the armed forces of Romania. Based on the TR-77-580 (Romanian-built version of the Soviet T-55 tank), the TR-85 tank was developed from 1978 to 1985 and produced from 1986 until 1990. A modernization program was initiated in March 1994 in order to upgrade the TR-85 tanks to NATO standards. The result was the TR-85M1 "Bizonul" (The Bison) main battle tank, currently the most modern tank in service with the Romanian Land Forces.

Its combat weight is 50 tons. The armour has a maximum thickness of 200 mm (multilayered) for the hull and 320 + 20 mm add-on armour on the turret. The main armament is the 100 mm A308 rifled tank gun. It is equipped with the local-made Ciclop-M ballistic fire-control computer. The turret is fitted with two six-barreled 81mm smoke grenade launchers and two four-barreled flare launchers. The four-man crew consists of the commander, driver, gunner and loader.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Holy Easter 2016, about which I wrote here.

TR-85 - Wikipedia

Sender: Eugen Mihai
Sent from Bucharest (Bucharest / Romania), on 04.01.2016
Photo: Eugen Mihai / 05.11.2015

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