The legendary Soviet T-55 tank produced in the 1950s might be in line for a big upgrade, RT reports with reference to the ‘Omsktransmash’ Russian engineering company.
It is noted that the T-55 main battle tank is known for being the first to have the ability to withstand a nuclear attack and was designed to function during a nuclear war. Based on the T-54 model, it has been used all over the world. The T-55 is still in use worldwide and is currently seeing active service in the Syrian, Libyan, and Yemeni civil wars. The Ethiopian government has also deployed them in the Tigray War, presently ongoing in East Africa.
“We have developed various options for upgrading the T-55 tank […] We are currently holding talks with various customers. If such a need arises, we are ready to work in this direction,” the CEO of Omsktransmash, Igor Lobov, said.
Located in western Siberia, Omsktransmash was initially founded in 1896 as a railway engineering workshop. It switched to military production in 1942, when factories located in the European part of the Soviet Union were evacuated eastwards due to the invasion of Nazi Germany. It is mentioned that the Omsktransmash company is also in talks to modernize the T-80U tank, a Soviet tank that has proven to be less popular. This tank the company wishes to develop for export purposes.