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At MSPO 2017, the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) presents a new upgrade of the Polish-made PT-91 main battle tank (MBT) under the name of PT-17. This project was launched by PGZ to modify the previous version of the main battle tanks to NATO standard.

PT 17 main battle tank MSPO 2017 defense exhibition Kielce Poland 925 002New PT-17 main battle tank at MSPO 2017, International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

The PT-17 MBT is an evolution of the project of the PT-16 which was unveiled at the edition 2016 of MSPO. The tank has been modernized to offer more mobility, firepower, and protection.

The PT-17 is armed with the Ukrainian-made 120mm smoothbore KMB2 cannon manufactured by Ukrainian firm Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau which offers the possibility to fire all the NATO ammunitions. The turret is fitted with an automatic loading system located at the rear of the turret with a total of 22 rounds.

Second armament of the PT-17 MBT includes a Polish-made Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) ZSMU which can be armed with a 7.62/12.7mm machine or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The RCWS is equipped with a daylight video camera, a thermal imager for night operations and a laser rangefinder. It can be used against light armored ground targets and low-flying aircraft during the day and night conditions.

The PT-17 turret has a new design and is protected with Ukrainian-made explosive reactive armour. The front and each sides of the hull are protected with modular composite armour panels. To increase protection against RPG (Rocket-Propelled Grenade) threats, the rear and the sides of the turret are equipped with slat armour. The upper part of the suspension is also protected with armour plates while the upper part is covered with rubber plates.

The PT-17 is motorized with a new 1,000 hp power pack and a new German-made transmission which offers more mobility and speed for the tank.

Standard equipment of the new PT-17 includes OBRA-3 laser warning system designed to detect radiation from impulse rangefinders or laser illuminators. The system is coupled to smoke grenade launchers.

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At the booth of PGZ, the Polish Armaments Group, a new modernized version of the PT-91 Twardy, the PT-91M2 is presented for the first time during MSPO 2017, the International Defense Industry Exhibition which takes place in the city of Kielce, in Poland.

PT 91M2 main battle tank at MSPO 2017 defense exhibition in Poland 925 001New PT-91M2 main battle tank at MSPO 2017, the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland.

The PT-91M2 is a modernization project to increase the firepower, mobility and protection of PT-91 main battle tank in service with the Polish army. The goal is to extend the lifetime of the tank which will be used only by the reserve forces of the Polish armed forces in the next few years.

The PT-91 MBT, which is also referred to as the Twardy (Hard), is a further development by the Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy SA version of the Russian-designed T-72M1 which has been produced under license in Poland for many years.

The PT-16M2 is armed with a new version of the 125mm 2A46MS offering more accuracy. The tank is fitted with a new carousel automatic loader which is mounted on the turret floor and also on the rear wall of the turret. There is a new storage compartment for additional ammunition.

The PT-16M2 is motorized with the S-12U four-stroke, multi-fuel, supercharged, water-cooled diesel developing 850 hp at 2,300 rpm coupled to an upgraded mechanical transmission. The tank is also fitted with a new torsion bars suspension.

The PT-91M2 is fitted with new armour package that includes third generation of reactive armour ERAWA mounted at the front and on each side of the hull. To increase protection against RPG threats, the rear side and back part of the hull are fitted with wire cage armour.

New standard equipment of the PT-91M2 includes laser warning system OBRA-3, passive night vision PNK-72 Radomka for the driver, omnidirectional observation system, reardriver day/night camera KDN-1, and passive commander's night vision system TKN-3z.

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