Russia Exported Hundreds of T-90 Tanks in 2016
Buyers were Iraq, Vietnam and Kuwait. Egypt and India will probably follow
According to its recently published report Russia's biggest tank-maker Uralvagonzavod in 2016:
- Fulfilled the contract to deliver 64 T-90MS tanks to Vietnam
- Finished delivering 146 T-90MS tanks to Kuwait
- Delivered the first batch of 73 T-90S tanks to Iraq
Of these the sales made to Kuwait and Iraq are the most interesting.
Kuwait follows a broadly pro-American foreign policy orientation, but when it comes to buying military hardware often gets it from Eastern Europe bloc countries. Along with US-made M1 Abrams tanks and British-made Warrior infantry carriers it also operates hundreds of Russian-made BMP-3 armored transporters and Yugoslav-made M-84 tanks (licensed-built T-72s).
Since it invaded it in 2003 the US has transferred vast quantities of US-made weaponry to Iraq as aid, but when it comes to spending its own money on arms Baghdad is increasingly likely to buy Russian rather than American. In a high-profile transfer in 2014 Iraq bought Russian Su-25 ground attack planes after Obama delayed transfers of American-built F-16s.
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