T-72 Ural-1 in Romanian Service

Socialist Republic of Romania/Romania (1978-2005) Main Battle Tank – 31 Purchased from USSR Romania is relatively well-known for its own tank development projects, such as the TR-85-800 and TR-77-580, the latter entering production in 1978. Yet, just the previous year, after increasing pressure for rearmament for the Warsaw Pact members, the Socialist Republic of Romania…

TAR-76

Socialist Republic of Romania/Romania (1977-2005) Light Artillery Tractor – Around 100 Built The TAR-76 (Tractor de Artilerie Românesc, Eng: Romanian Artillery Tractor) was a light Romanian artillery tractor meant for towing 122 mm, 152 mm howitzers and their crews, as well as 57 mm AA guns. It was based on recycled Soviet AT-L tractors and…

4K51 Rubezh in Romanian Service

Socialist Republic of Romania/Romania (1987-2024) Anti-Ship Coastal Defense Missile System – 4 Purchased While Romania’s topography consists mainly of great plains crossed by the Carpathian mountain chain, Romania has an opening to the Black Sea stretching over 245 km. For centuries, this opening has proved crucial for the local population, offering a great trading route…

Dacia Duster Army Technology Demonstrator

Romania (2010-2014) Light Utility Vehicle – 3 Built (2 Machine Gun Cars, 1 Pickup) In 2013, a strange curiosity was shown at the Romanian 1st December parade, a matte green Dacia Duster with a remote control weapon station with a 7.62 mm machine gun on top, mounted on a tubular steel frame. The Car The…

Obuzierul autopropulsat românesc, Model 1989

Socialist Republic of Romania/Romania (1987-1992) Self-Propelled Howitzer – 42 Built Model 1989 at the Mizil factory. Source: MFA Starting in the 1950’s, the Republica Populară Română (English: ‘Romanian People’s Republic’) tried to lessen the mighty Soviet economic and cultural grip as a response to Nikita Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization campaign. After Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, leader of the Romanian…

MLI-84M Mortar Variant

 Romania (2015) Mortar Carrier – None Built An un-silhouetted, but low quality rendering from the patent of the MLI-84M with a CARDOM mortar. Some internal details can be seen. On the 25th of September, 2015, Pro Optica S.A. and MFA S.A. Mizil, two prominent Romanian defense companies, filed a patent for a new variant of…