Work on the future Soviet tank was officially conducted in
design bureau from the beginning of
the 1980s under the guidance of N. A. Shomin, chief designer of the
KMDB. Initiative work on the new medium tank of the 80-s NST-80
[New Medium Tank] began even earlier, from 08.17.1977, when the group of
designers approved by N. A. Shomin was formed. The layout of the future tank
was represented by two projects - a two men crew Object “ Kharkov 490” developed by E. A.
Morozov and Object “490A” with a crew of three, a low-profile turret and
low-profile turret, the design of which was headed by V. R. Kovalyukh, deputy
chief designer of the KMDB.
Soviet 80s Future tank projects. Object “ 490” , Object “490A” (Rebel), “490A” with 152 mm gun (Boxer).