Fascinating photographs show the construction and testing of the deadly 45-ton T-72B3 battle tank

Inside a Russian tank factory: Fascinating photographs show the construction and testing of the deadly 45-ton T-72B3 battle tank used in Syria

  • The devastating war machine is a recent upgrade of the T-72 Soviet tanks that first entered production in 1971
  • The third generation of the tank has had a number of upgrades making it more suitable for modern warfare
  • Production of the deadly vehicle takes place in the plant at Uralvagonzavod, in the Russian city of Nizhny Tagil

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These fascinating photographs show the construction and testing of the deadly 45-ton T-72B3 battle tank used in Syria.

The devastating war machine is an upgrade of the T-72 Soviet tanks that first entered production in 1971 and were first used in the Iraq-Iran conflict and the Chechen wars in the mid-90s.

The third generation of the tank has a number of upgrades making it more suitable for modern warfare, such as a new engine, new gunners sight and completely revamped fire control system.

New versions of the tank were first delivered to the Russian Army in 2013, and other versions have also been seen in 2016 and 2017. 

Production of the deadly vehicle takes place in the plant at Uralvagonzavod, in the Russian city of Nizhny Tagil.

Workers can be seen constructing the fearsome battle tank and then testing it on the grounds to ensure its all working sufficiently. 

A special version of the T-72B3 has recently been given to The Russian Airborne Troops (called the VDV), with a new up to date engine and armour packages, meaning they are better able to withstand threats.

A T-72B3 battle tank at the field test site of the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant in Nizhny Tagil, a city in Sverdlovsk Oblast

Two workers carefully mount the turret on a T-72B3 battle tank at the factory. New versions of the tank were first delivered to the Russian Army in 2013

Two workers carefully mount the turret on a T-72B3 battle tank at the factory. New versions of the tank were first delivered to the Russian Army in 2013

Assembly shop manager Sergei Albrekht at the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant in Nizhny Tagil, looks out while workers construct the tanks, among other things built at the plant

Assembly shop manager Sergei Albrekht at the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant in Nizhny Tagil, looks out while workers construct the tanks, among other things built at the plant

Workers test out the newly constructed battle tanks at near the plant where they are built. The facility also develops other things such as road-building vehicles and railway cars

Workers test out the newly constructed battle tanks at near the plant where they are built. The facility also develops other things such as road-building vehicles and railway cars

The devastating war machine is an upgrade of the T-72 Soviet tanks that first entered production in 1971. The new T-72B3 is testing its fearsome firepower in this image

The devastating war machine is an upgrade of the T-72 Soviet tanks that first entered production in 1971. The new T-72B3 is testing its fearsome firepower in this image

Workers at the factory carefully transporting the turret onto the T-72B3. A special version of the T-72B3 has recently been given to The Russian Airborne Troops (called the VDV)

Workers at the factory carefully transporting the turret onto the T-72B3. A special version of the T-72B3 has recently been given to The Russian Airborne Troops (called the VDV)

An engineer works diligently assembling the turret of a T-72B3 battle tank at the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant

An engineer works diligently assembling the turret of a T-72B3 battle tank at the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant

Assembling a T-72B3 battle tank at the Uralvagonzavod factory, a Rostec subsidiary, developing and producing military hardware, heavy machinery, as well as railway cars

Assembling a T-72B3 battle tank at the Uralvagonzavod factory, a Rostec subsidiary, developing and producing military hardware, heavy machinery, as well as railway cars

The devastating war machine, pictured being tested, is an upgrade of the T-72 Soviet tanks that first entered production in 1971 and were first used in the Iraq-Iran conflict and the Chechen wars in the mid 90s

The devastating war machine, pictured being tested, is an upgrade of the T-72 Soviet tanks that first entered production in 1971 and were first used in the Iraq-Iran conflict and the Chechen wars in the mid 90s

A worker assembling the rear drive of a T-72B3 battle tank at the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant

A worker assembling the rear drive of a T-72B3 battle tank at the Uralvagonzavod machine-building plant

The tank is tested out on wet and muddy surfaces so workers at the factory can know if it is working effectively or not

The tank is tested out on wet and muddy surfaces so workers at the factory can know if it is working effectively or not

Three workers finish mounting the turret while taking instructions from one of their bosses about the process

Three workers finish mounting the turret while taking instructions from one of their bosses about the process

A worker, his face covered in mud, peeks out from the huge 45-ton war machine as it is being tested before being sent to the Russian Army

A worker, his face covered in mud, peeks out from the huge 45-ton war machine as it is being tested before being sent to the Russian Army