Russian Armored Vehicles -7





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The T-54 and T-55 tank series were main battle tanks designed by the Soviet Union. The first prototype T-54 appeared in 1946 shortly after the end of the Second World War. It was the successor to the T-44 and a direct descendant of the T-34, considered by many to have been the "finest all around tank of the war".[9] The tank entered full production in 1947 and became a mainstay of Red Army armored units, the Warsaw Pact countries and many other armies as well. T-54s and T-55s were involved in many of the world's armed conflicts.

The T-55 was a new version incorporating many incremental improvements, as well as rudimentary blast and fallout protection for the nuclear battlefield, which began production in 1958.[10] It has been described as the "most popular tank in history"[11] and is the most widely used of all time. In 1962 it was joined by the T-62; they were both eventually replaced as front-line Soviet tanks by the T-64 and the T-72. And after that T-80 and T-90.



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