The Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau
(KMDB) began its way as a small team of designers of the Kharkiv Locomotive Plant's technical office set up to design
a fast tank in 1927, and nowadays has become one of the world's leading firms engaged in designing and upgrading the
main battle tanks and tracked engineer vehicles.
The product range of the Design Bureau includes such well-known
vehicles as the BT series tanks, the
T-34 tank, which was the most numerous and best tank of the Second
World War, the Voroshilovets
and AT-T prime movers.
High technical level of these
vehicles was proved by their long service with the army and
participation in combat engagements. Relative simplicity and
reliability of their design combined with high technical
characteristics made their volume production and wide operational
Over the years the enterprise has
gained a wide experience in designing and creating military
armoured vehicles, embodied in modern products of the Design
The main achievements of the KMDB of today are the
T-80UD, Oplot and
Yatagan main battle tanks, MT-T carrier
prime mover and engineer vehicles based
on its chassis, as well as sophisticated computer-based training aids.
The KMDB is also engaged in developing upgrade packages for various armoured
The T-84 main battle tank is one of the most modern tanks embodying the recent achievements
in the field of machine-building, engine-building, artillery, radio and electronics, materials science.
The tank, apart from having high firepower, protection and mobility characteristics, is able to operate
in all climatic zones within the temperature range of -40 to + 55°C. Its distinguishing features include the ability
to fire both conventional ammunition and guided missiles, the capability of crossing water obstacles to a water depth
of 1.8 m without preparation, availability of self-entrenching devices and the Varta optronic countermeasures system.
The tank is also fitted with attachment points for installation of a mine-clearing system. Two-stroke multi-fuel turbo-piston
diesel engine develops 1,200 hp and ensures high mobility including high speed of cross-country