Earlier, it was expected that in 2015 only T-72 and T-90 will be in service. However, in 2017, the T-80BVM was introduced – an improved version of the T-80BV. He got the Sosna-U thermal imaging sight of the gunner, a completely new chassis, and the Relikt dynamic protection system. At the same time, this model surpasses the T-72B3 in some characteristics: this concerns the ergonomics of the gunner’s place, the location of the Sosna-U sight. Thanks to this, the tank entered service instead of the T-72 and T-90.
In addition, the T-80UE1 will undergo modernization. In it, as in the T-80U and T-80UA, they can replace the sight with the Sosna-U thermal imager.