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T-99 Black Eagle MBT by PaintFan08 T-99 Black Eagle MBT by PaintFan08
T-99 Main Battle Tank

Crew: 3
Country: Russian Federation
Designer/Builder: KBTM

Armament: 1x 152mm 3A55 (Smoothbore)
1x 7.62mm PKT coaxial MG
1x 12.7mm NVST MG

The ‘Black Eagle’ had a long development history. A mock up of the tank first appeared in 1997 at an arms show. Then an early prototype was shown in 1999 in Siberia. Financial problems with KBTM and the Russian Army’s acceptance of the T-90 as its new MBT slowed development of the Black Eagle throughout the first decade of the 21st Century. The tank remained alive due to KBTM’s efforts to market it as an export tank. No countries ended up ordering the Black Eagle however the tank would be saved in 2021.

New western tank designs such as the American M7 Buford, the Fuller in Britain, and Chinese Type 110 far exceeded the Russian Army’s tanks. Made with new armor, equipped with electro-thermal guns, and even more electronics they were the latest in battlefield AFVs and the new standard. If the Red Army wished to keep up with its possible enemies, it needed a new tank.

The Black Eagle was the design chosen. Many of the initial design problems were solved and as a result the Russians could rapidly put the tank into production. Electronics and armor were upgraded. New ERA and sheets of ballistic armor were added. Next generation thermal sites and laser targeting devices along with a new ballistic computer system gave the T-99 an excellent fire control and targeting system.

At the heart of the T-99 was a brand new 152mm gun. Unable to create an effective electro-thermal gun Russian designers choose to go for a larger cannon. The belief was the increased gun size would mean even more velocity for the tank’s rounds. Tests showed the new gun delivered some increased penetration power but still not equal to an electro-thermal weapon. However Russian officers and tankers enjoy the larger gun since it allows for even more powerful HE, FRAG, SHOT, and THEM rounds. The Black Eagle is also able to fire new AT-20 Slasher anti-tank missile.

A third of all Russian tank divisions have been equipped with T-99. Black Eagles have seen combat in Kazakhstan, Georgia, Chechnya, and rumored clashes have occurred on the Chinese border. Although the Black Eagle has been criticized for its lack of success in urban combat, the T-99 certainly is a threat to be contended with.


Hey there my fake history of the Black Eagle if it went into Russian service sometime in the mid 21st Century. Hope to have the other tanks I mentioned up as well in the future. Enjoy!
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spartan2spec Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Brown-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks beautiful but I could see the gun depression being an issue on this tank. You had better hope they have the higher ground because you won't be shooting down at them. xD

The size of the gun and the low profile of the turret make it look like this thing literally doesn't have any gun depression at all.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Yeah its an issue. IIRC this was a bit of a weakness with Russian tanks but don't quote me on that. Glad you like the looks though!
Halo2Arbiter117 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Olauph Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
152mm?!? What no 153mm? Come on you can do better than that.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
152 makes sense, 153 that's crazy talk LOL
ElloMelloJello Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
152MM? that is Ridiculous. It should atleast be a 132mm.
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Old picture with old info, 132mm is probably more reasonable for a next gen gun. Thanks for the comment!
Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
140mm is considered to be next this days
KGV123 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm a russian. This things that you wrote here is incorrect. Russian army have only T90's main battle tanks, Black Eagle was rejected, and will be replaced by new low-profile, advanced tank. Tests is begun in 2010 year, and new tank will be in army about 2015-2020 years. So other tank like M1, Tiger, Merkava, and other modern tanks of other countries will be nothing to compare to this new russian armor power, including new type of the tanks that will be developed by USA and Europe.
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