The T-72 is a Soviet main battle tank designed by Uralvagonzavod in 1973. The T-72 was produced to replace the T-54 in Warsaw Pact nations to counter against previously made NATO tanks. It was based off the T-62 and T-64, and was further developed into the T-90. It is in service with over 30 nations.
The T-72 uses a 125mm smoothbore cannon as its primary armament, a PKT as a co-axial machine gun and a an NSVT anti-aircraft machine gun on top of the turret. The T-72 was not a very exceptional, but proved effective due to its thick armor, especially in later models, which even some modern tanks are not able to penetrate. However, since the majority of T-72s were in mass-production stages and then exported to countries without the technological or economic power to modernize them, many of the world's T-72s were unsuccessful in confrontations against Western powers.
In Battlefield Vietnam, the T-72 is the North Vietnamese Army's main battle tank during the Fall of Saigon. It retains all of the T-54's characteristics, such as the powerful main cannon with 30 rounds and a co-axial machine gun with 400 rounds available to the driver, and a mounted machine gun with 500 rounds available to a second player. It also has the same speed, maneuverability and size. However unlike the T-54, the T-72 suffers from an inability to train the main gun downward, resulting in a slight disadvantage in a tank-on-tank fight. Also, the T-72's top gunner has the ability to launch smoke grenades using secondary fire.
The T-72 (alongside the Type 72Z) makes another appearance as an unusable, enemy vehicle featured in Battlefield 3. It is utilized by both Iranian and PLR forces, and is most heavily used as one of the PLR's primary vehicles during Thunder Run. They are destroyable within two hits of the player's main gun, and can deal a decent amount of damage to the player's tank.
Within Tehran itself, the T-72 is offset by the T-90 as the Iranian main battle tank of choice.