Iraq’s Defense Ministry has received the first batch of 36 T-90S tanks from Russia under a contract to supply 73 tanks.
Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army, Lieutenant-General Othman Al-Ghanmi was quoted as saying by Iraq’s Shafaq news.
Al-Ghanmi, who paid an inspection visit to Basra, confirmed that the 36 Russian-made tanks had been delivered to Iraq. The rest 37 such tanks under the contract would reach Iraq by late April.
Earlier, Arab media cited a source in the Iraqi defense ministry as saying that the T-90S tanks had been delivered to the port city of Umm Qasr on February 15 to be later transported by Baghdad.
The T-90S tanks delivered to Baghdad come equipped with an active armor protection system which is claimed to deflect anti-tank armor piercing rounds and even offer some degree of protection against shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles.
The United States has blocked maintenance of Iraqi Armys Abrams tanks accusing Baghdad of violating contractual terms after it gave one of the tanks to a pro-government militia, the Hashd al-Sha'abi force, according to reports in the Iraqi media. The tanks manufacturer, General Dynamics, has stopped its maintenance program in Iraq since December 2017, “The US company withdrew from its base in Baghdads al-Muthanna airport after finding out that Iraq violated the terms of the contract which only authorized the Iraqi army to use the US provided tanks,” Baghdad-based Alghad Press reported on Sunday quoting an informed source
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $93,000,000 foreign military sales (Iraq) contract to obtain 120mm insensitive munition high explosive with tracer (IM HE-T) tank ammunition cartridges. The 120mm IM HE-T High Explosive Cartridge provides the armor forces with an improved infantry support capability, a US DoD contract announcement said
Russia has concluded contracts with Iraq and Vietnam for the supply of a total of 137 tanks in 2017. The first contract (for 64 tanks) is concluded with the foreign customer "704"
Russia will soon start supply of T-90 battle tanks to the Iraqi army. "The deliveries of T-90 tanks to Iraq will begin soon in accordance with the previously signed contract
Iraq has signed a deal with Russian Uralvagonzavod for the purchase of 73 T-90 main battle tanks (MBT). Iraq currently operates, M1A1M Abrams purchased from US and Russian made T-72А/M and T-55 tanks
Iraq is reportedly studying the possibilities for purchasing the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems in order to diversify its arms imports, amid growing efforts of the country to tackle terrorism. "The issue is being studied in every detail," Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari was quoted as saying by TASS on Tuesday following meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation
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