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TR-125 (Tanc Romanesc Model 125)

Main Battle Tank (MBT) Prototype

Romania | 1991

"The abandoned TR-125 was a Main Battle Tank design of Romanian origin but failed to sell itself to the Romanian Army during the 1990s."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the TR-125 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Prototype.
1 x 8VSA3 diesel-fueled engine developing 900 horsepower. and driving a conventional track-and-wheel arrangement.
Installed Power
40 mph
65 kph
Road Speed
270 miles
435 km
The physical qualities of the TR-125 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Prototype.
32.0 ft
9.75 meters
O/A Length
11.8 ft
3.6 meters
O/A Width
7.2 ft
2.2 meters
O/A Height
110,231 lb
50,000 kg | 55.1 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the TR-125 (Tanc Romanesc Model 125) Main Battle Tank (MBT) Prototype.
1 x 125mm A555 smoothbore main gun.
1 x 12.7mm PDShK Anti-Aircraft Heavy Machine Gun (AAHMG).
1 x 7.62mm PKMT coaxial machine gun.
8 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers.
42 x 125mm projectiles (estimated).
350 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).
2,300 x 7.62mm ammunition (estimated).
8 x Smoke grenades.
Notable series variants as part of the TR-125 (Tanc Romanesc Model 125) family line.
TR-125 - Base Series Designation; between three and five pilot vehicles produced.
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The Cold War-era T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) proved itself an export success for the Soviet Empire during the 1970s and 1980s. Numerous global operators led to over 25,000 of the type being produced. Its reach made it an inevitability that the design would be upgraded by various means and several national powers took to local projects to achieve just that. For Romania, a long-time Soviet military ally, the "TR-125" ("Tanc Romanesc 125") project was enacted in an attempt to produce a more "Romanian-centric" combat system. However, the project stalled after the testing phase as the Romanian Army did not move on acquiring the product. Between three and five pilot vehicles are believed to have been made.

The TR-125 came about due to the fact that Soviet authorities did not allow the T-72M to be locally-produced in Romania despite the Romanian commitment to it (thirty units were purchased from the Soviet Union in 1978 and delivered the following year). This led to an action being taken to rebuild the Soviet product from the ground-up and Romanian engineer went to work in the mid-1980s. Many components of the tank were reproduced through local means and companies to result in what was designated the "TR-125". The "125" in the designator signified the tank's main gun armament of 125mm, this through the A555 model smoothbore gun tube.

Along with this weapon were a 7.62mm PKMT coaxial machine gun and 12.7mm DShK Anti-Aircraft (AA) machine gun fitted to the commander's cupola (both quite standard fittings for modern MBTs). The vehicle was powered by the 8VSA3 diesel-fueled engine of 900 horsepower and running gear included seven double-tired road wheels to a hull side (the original T-72 featured six wheels). The upper track regions were covered in side skirt armor for added protection. The crew remained three as in the T-72 (Commander, Driver, Gunner) and an autoloader fed the main gun system. The chassis, lengthened some over the original T-72, was suspended by a torsion bar system which provided excellent cross-country performance.

The pilot vehicles were formed in the late 1980s and testing continued into the early-1990s. The tank was heavier, longer, and more powerful than the original T-72s weighing some 55 tons (short). Hull length was 7.9 meters with a width reaching 3.6 meters and a height of 2.2 meters. By and large, the TR-125 mimicked the T-72 in both form and function.

While the Romanian Army did not proceed with the TR-125 design, the "TR-2000" initiative was born in its place during the latter part of the 1990s. This project, too, failed to materialize and ended in cancellation.

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Total Production: 5 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - Romania
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