Warsaw Pact Vehicles
The T-62 is a Soviet main battle tank, a further development of the T-55. Its 115 mm gun was the first smoothbore tank gun in use.
The T-62 was produced between 1961 and 1975. It became a standard tank in the Soviet arsenal, partly replacing the T-55, although that tank continued to be manufactured in the Soviet Union and elsewhere after T-62 production was halted. The T-54/55 and T-62 were later replaced in front-line service by the T-64 and T-72.
The T-62 has a typical tank layout: driver's compartment at the front, fighting compartment in the center and engine compartment in the rear. The four-man crew consists of the commander, driver, gunner and loader. Although the T-62 is very similar to the T-55 and makes use of many of the same parts, there are some differences. Those include the hull, which is a few centimeters longer and wider, the different road wheels, and differences in characteristic uneven gaps between roadwheels. Like the in the T-54 and T-55 main battle tanks there is a gap between the first and second pair of roadwheels. However there are also gaps between the second and the third pairs of roadwheels as well as the third and the forth pairs of roadwheels. The gap between the fourth and the fifth pairs of roadwheels has been enlarged.
In service: 1966-1995
Used by: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mongolia, North Korea, Polisario Front, Russia, South Ossetia, USSR, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
The T-72 is a Soviet-designed main battle tank that entered production in 1971. It is a further development of the T-62 with some features of the T-64A (to which it was a parallel design) and has been further developed as the T-90. Chronologically, and in design terms, it belongs to the same generation of tanks as the US M60 series, German Leopard 1, and British Chieftain tank.
In service: 1966-1995
Used by: Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Chile, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Jordan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, Venezuela, UK.