Armor: September 27, 1999


Ukraine's Kharkov Design Bureau (which produced the T-80 and T-84) is working with the Swiss Ordnance Enterprise to develop a 120mm NATO-standard smoothbore cannon for future versions of the T-80 and contract refits of older T-72s. The Ukrainians already displayed a T-72 upgraded with a 120mm smoothbore gun of their own design, but apparently feel that the Swiss-designed weapon would be better accepted in the marketplace.--Stephen V Cole

The US Army has completed a 26-acre Mounted Urban Combat Training Site at Fort Knox to teach armored vehicles how to fight in cites as part of a combined arms team. With construction complete, the site is now being fitted with electronic battle simulation systems.--Stephen V Cole




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