T-72 - main battle tank
The T-72 is a Soviet-designed main battle tank that entered production in 1970.
The Russian Federation has over 5,000 T-72 tanks in use, including around 2,000 in active service and 3,000 in reserves. The T-72 has been used by over 40 countries worldwide.
In January 2009, it was reported that the Iraqi government is negotiating a deal to purchase up to 2,000 T-72 tanks. The T-72s are to be rebuilt and modernized.
In September 2009 it was announced that Venezuela is planning to purchase 92 Russian T-72 tanks. The first T-72s destined to Venezuela arrived at the port of Puerto Cabello May 25, 2011
Iraqi T-72M in 2006
Iraqi T-72 main battle tank destroyed in a Coalition attack during Operation Desert Storm1980–1988 Iran–Iraq War (Iraq) (Iran)
1982 Lebanon (Syria)
1983– Sri Lankan Civil War (India)
1986-1989 South African Border War (Cuba)
1988–1994 Nagorno-Karabakh War (Armenia and Azerbaijan)
1988–1993 Georgian Civil War
1991–1992 War in South Ossetia
1992–1993 War in Abkhazia
1990–1991 First Persian Gulf War (Iraq)
1990–2002 Sierra Leone Civil War (Executive Outcomes)
1991–2001 Yugoslav Civil Wars (Yugoslavia)
1994 Rwanda Civil War (Uganda)
1994–1996 First Chechen War (Russia, Chechnya (limited))
1999– Second Chechen War (Russia)
2001 Western Sahara War (Morocco)
2003 Invasion of Iraq (Iraq)
2008 War in South Ossetia (Russia and Georgia)
2011- 2011 Libyan Civil War (Government and Anti-Gadaffi forces)