The main difference between the improved variant of the Oplot MBT and its basic variant consists in its being fitted with the following units and systems:
- commander's combined panoramic sight with independent day and thermal channels, which make it possible to accurately fire the remote-controlled anti-aircraft machine gun at air targets at elevation angles of up to +60°;
- separate (independent from the gunner) thermal imager and laser range-finder for the commander;
- Nozh-2 new-generation built-in explosive reactive armour, which is capable of defeating tandem-warhead hollow-charge ammunition;
- complex movement control system, which provides automatic gear shifting and smooth turning during tank movement;
- upgraded digital instrumentation panel for the driver;
- more environment-friendly 6TD-2E diesel engine developing 1200 hp;
- more powerful auxiliary power unit (10 kW instead of 8 kW) .
At the present time, the Oplot MBT is being prepared for entering series production at the State Enterprise Malyshev Plant in Kharkiv.
The Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) is a state enterprise, which is now Ukraine's leading design authority for armoured fighting vehicles and used to play a key role in the development of armoured tracked vehicles in the former Soviet Union.
The contemporary activities of the KMDB are distinguished by three main factors:
- the ability to offer customers a wide range of armoured vehicles and other products for both military and civil use, as well as obsolete vehicle upgrade packages
- the provision of equipment closely tailored to customer's individual requirements
- the availability of long-term support for the end user