The Armed Forces of Ukraine plans to send updated T-84 tanks to participate in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2018, national media reported on 2 January.
According to the Defense Express website, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine decided to send upgraded T-84 tanks to participate in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2018 multinational tank crew competition hosted by the U.S. Army Europe and the German Army.
The T-84 is a further development of the T-80UD tank by means of installing, among other things, multiple protection explosive reactive armor modules, these being supplemented by passive armor array, and a more advanced fire control system similar to that installed on the modern Ukrainian Oplot tanks.
By that time, six T-84 main battle tanks were repaired and modernized at the facilities of the SE “Malyshev Plant”. Major maintenance and modernization of the T-84 tanks were launched early in 2017. Tank T-84 was adopted in 2001, 10 units were purchased in the same year. For a long time, T-84 tanks had been in stock of a number of parts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Strong Europe Tank Challenge multinational tank crew competition is designed to project a dynamic presence, foster military partnership, promote interoperability, and provides an environment for sharing tactics, techniques and procedures.