Egypt bought hundreds of T-90MS tanks from Russia, minister announced

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CAIRO, (BM) – Moscow and Cairo signed a contract for the supply of hundreds T-90MS tanks for the Egyptian army. The agreement provides for the transfer of technology and the organization of joint production of military vehicles in Egypt, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Minister of Transport of the country, Major General Kamel al-Wazir statement.

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“The organization of production of the T-90MS will allow Egypt to acquire technologies for creating tanks and armored vehicles, enriching the already existing experience in the joint production of M1A1 Abrams tanks with the American side, which has been ongoing since 1992,” the minister wrote.

Al-Wazir stressed that this deal will provide an opportunity to significantly increase Egypt’s military power in the region, making it the largest operator of T-90MS tanks. At the same time, Egypt will be the first state to simultaneously produce Russian and American tanks.

We remind you that Egypt has numerous tank troops. Of more or less modern combat vehicles, Cairo has 34 T-80U tanks and 1,100 M1A1 Abrams. 840 T-54/55 units and 260 Ramses II tanks (American modernization of the T-54/55) are in storage. Of the 500 T-62 units, only 200 are in service, the remaining are in storage. There are still 300 old American M60A1 and 850 M60A3.

Recall that India bought another 400 Russian T-90S tanks in beginning of March

India decided to buy another 400 Russian T-90S tanks, which are produced in the country under license. This was announced by the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTS) of Russia Dmitry Shugaev.

“The Indian armed forces made a decision to increase the purchase of T-90S tanks, which they produce under license, and last year we signed a license agreement to extend the license until 2028, by another 400 pieces,” he said on the air Russia- 24.

Read more: US named the advantages of the Russia’s T-90 over America’s Abrams

In early February, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced that Russia had signed a contract with India to extend the T-90S licensed production program until 2028.

T-90 – the main tank of the Russian army. The machine is manufactured at Uralvagonzavod. The first modification of the T-90 was adopted in 1992.

US named the advantages of the Russia’s T-90 over America’s Abrams

In the United States, the tactical and technical characteristics of the Russian T-90 tank were compared with Western models. Comparison was done by journalists from the specialized publication The National Interest.

The authors of the article called the T-90 a Kalashnikov assault rifle among Russian tanks. Western experts noted that the combat vehicle has multi-level protection, is easily modernized and in demand in the armed forces of different countries.

Journalists pointed out that the T-90 production used the traditional approach, so they are squat and low profile, which, in their opinion, makes tanks less vulnerable on the battlefield.

If we compare the Russian combat vehicle with the Western tanks M1 Abrams and Leopard, then it wins due to its compactness. An obvious plus of the Russian tank is the presence of a gun loader, which reduced the crew to three people, while in Western tanks there is a fourth crew member – a loader.

Read more: India Makes an Order for an Additional Purchase of Russian T-90 Tanks

This makes the Russian car easier and more mobile. Also, one of the main competitive advantages of the T-90 tank is its cost.

The first batch of the latest T-90M tanks came into service at the Russian Army

BulgarianMilitary.com reported on April 13 that the first batch of modernized T-90M tanks came into service at the Russian Armed Forces.

The commander of the army, Lieutenant General Sergey Kisel, said that “the first deliveries of the modernized T-90M tanks to the guards tank army of the Western Military District, deployed in five regions of Russia, began in April”.

He clarified that several T-90M came into service in the Taman mechanized infantry division, also part of the army.

According to the commander, the 1st Guards Tank Army of the Western Military District completed its command training, fire exercices and managing in combat conditions of the new tanks. “In the tank army there are several dozen varieties of simulators: for training crews of the T-80, T-72B3, T-90 tanks,” Kisel explained.

Combat firing from new tanks is planned to be carried out during the control check for the winter training period.

Read more: The first batch of the latest T-90M tanks came into service at the Russian Army

Russia is using T-90 tanks in Syria and Libya

Russia, Syria and Iran have deployed hundreds of tanks in Syria and are likely preparing to launch large-scale military operations in the country, as we reported on April 25.

As it turned out, we are talking not only about the armament of the Russian military, but also about the transfer of heavy armored vehicles to Iranian troops who intend to take part in the offensive operation, as evidenced photos published in chinese media Sohu.

“According to a recent report by Al-Jazeera in the Middle East, given the stability in Syria, Russian defense delivered a large number of tanks, armored combat vehicles, etc. to the Iranian army and groups in Syria. This includes the Iranian armed forces in Deir Ezor province. Western observers said that this is state aid to Russia by the Iranian armed forces in Syria. At the same time, this is a big deal, and they are the most elite T-90 main battle tanks in the Russian army. A person familiar with this issue said that at that time Russia provided Iran with a large amount of basic military equipment, and she intended to join forces with Iran in Syria to completely expel the US military and its allies from Syria. At the same time, the Syrian media also published several photographs of the T-90 tank, equipped with an Iranian brigade. Even Syria has publicly contacted the armed forces of Iran and Iraq to conduct military patrols in the eastern region to jointly expel the anti-government armed forces here,” Sohu reports, citing Middle Eastern media.

As BulgarianMilitary.com reported on April 12 the Russian ship Saratov crossed the Bosphorus with 150 heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers, as well as other weapons and ammunition.

Read more: India Makes an Order for an Additional Purchase of Russian T-90 Tanks

The Russian Federation has dispatched another large batch of tanks and armored personnel carriers to the Syrian Arab Republic as they increase their support for the Syrian armed forces. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Federation sent the Black Sea Fleet’s landing ship Saratov this week to the Syrian port city of Tartus, despite the coronavirus pandemic that affected most of the world” Al-Masdar News said then.

T-90MS – Also known as T-90SM

T-90MS – Also known as T-90SM, it is an updated version of the T-90S. It is equipped with a 1,130 hp engine, a PNM Sosna-U gunner view, a UDP T05BV-1 RWS with a 7.62 mm machine gun, GLONASS, inertial navigation systems, new Relikt explosive reactive armour (ERA) that covers more of the tank, and a steering wheel.

A new removable turret bustle is included, which provides storage for eight additional rounds. The T-90MS is ready for serial production. 4 video cameras provide a 360° view of the environment, while the tank is more connected to command. The T-90MS has an upgraded thermal imager that can detect tanks over 3300 meters away.

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