Main Battle Tank BM "Bulat" by its main technical characteristics could be comparable with the Russian T-90 and close to the Ukrainian tank "Oplot" and has a great potential for futher modernization by installing a more powerful engine 6TD-1 or 6TD-2, improved hindsights and reactive armor, advanced communication and navigation systems. The crew consists of three people: a tank commander and gunner are located in the turret (first on the right side and latter on the left side of the gun), driver - in the front part of the tank.
Compared to the previous modifications of T-64 Bulat substantially improved its basic characteristics, including firepower, mobility and protection. Increased survivability of the tank on the battlefield was achieved through the installation of additional protection to the hull and turret of the tank. The additional protection is designed to increase the overall level of protection against modern cumulative and armor-piercing shells at the lowest possible increase of weight of the tank. The additional protection package comprises passive (add-on) armor protection and embedded reactive armor (ERA). Explosive reactive armor consists of nose module and side skirts installed on the tank's hull, as well as modular sections placed along the outer perimeter of the front and side parts of the turret, and containers installed on the turret roof. Bulat is armed with a 125mm KBA3 or 2А46М-1 gun. As well as his 'elder brother' Oplot Bulat also has complex of guided armament (mainly GM Combat).
There were 85 tanks in service as of March 2014. Tanks are actively used by Ukrainian army within anti-terrorist operation in the Eastern Ukraine.