T-62 - Russian Main Battle Tank, 1961
The T-62 was developed in 1961 as an upgrade to the T-54 and T-55 series tanks as modern western tank design was starting to offer protection against 100mm guns. Thus, a 115mm smoothbore gun was developed to solve this problem but required a new, larger turret, and led to more of an interim solution of tank than a truly new design, which became the T-62. With domestic soviet production starting in 1962 ending in 1975, and foreign production ending in 1980, almost 23,000 units were made, quickly being outclassed by new designs such as the T-64 and T-72 tanks.
The brick built version of this tank includes a fully rotating turret, elevating and depressing main gun, and articulating caterpillar tracks. Additionally, this is an earlier model of the T-62 with more of a flatter turret and no external upgrades.
The T-62 was also used for a wide variety of upgrades to the main battle tank version, as well as derivatives, such as the IT-1 and T-62M-1, respectively. Both of which are also available and have their own dedicated pages.