The Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said that Russia will supply Iraq with «a large batch» of T-90 tanks. He declined to name the exact number of armored vehicles and the amount of the contract.
However, as the newspaper Izvestia» with reference to experts in this field, we are talking about hundreds of tanks. The total deal of about billion. It is also noted that the contract will be of good help for the enterprise «Uralvagonzavod», producing T-90.
Previously, the company announced that in 2017, Iraq will put a 73 tank of this model. This information was confirmed by the Iraqi defense Ministry. After the statement Kozhin became clear that this is only the first batch of armored vehicles.
During the reign of Saddam Hussein first the USSR and then Russia was the largest arms supplier to Iraq. After the overthrow of dictator Baghdad switched to American weapons. Media noted that the reason for the change of solution – the successful action of Russian armored vehicles in Syria.
T-90 is a deep modernization of T-72 tanks. Equipped with a 125 mm smoothbore gun and two machine guns. Weight – 46.5 tons engine power to 1,000 horsepower. The crew of three people.
The largest foreign buyer of the tank – India. In 2001 a contract was signed for the supply of her 310 T-90. The transaction amount — a billion dollars. India has also erected a factory, that can produce up to 100 T-90 a year.
The tanks are in service with Azerbaijan, Algeria, Syria and Uganda. One T-90 was captured by a terrorist group «Dzhabhat EN-Nusra».