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Ukraine's Lviv Tank Plant Starts Making Upgraded T-64 Tanks

The T-64 tank is the Ukrainian military’s main combat vehicle. (file photo)

The Lviv Tank Plant has become the second Ukrainian factory to start manufacturing the modernized model of T-64 tanks complete with new thermal vision equipment, digital radio communication, satellite navigation systems, and new explosive-reactive armor, according to an August 12 news release by Ukroboronprom, the state-owned company that oversees the defense industry.

“As a result, we’ve managed to significantly expand its combat capabilities,” Ukroboronprom said.

The T-64 tank is the Ukrainian military’s main combat vehicle. The latest model was modernized in 2017.

During the upgrade, a new sighting gun complex was installed that allows it to detect, recognize, and destroy a target by firing a 125-millimeter cannon any time of the day and in all weather conditions.

Before, only the Kharkiv Armored Plant, also a part of Ukroboronprom, made the modernized T-64 tanks. It has supplied nearly 150 tanks to the military.

Ukraine has been fighting Russian-backed separatists in the two easternmost regions of the country since 2014 in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people.

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