[Global Network Military Reporting] The website of the Russian World Arms Trade Analysis Center released a message on April 12 that according to Iraqi News.com, the Iraqi military received a new batch of Russian T-90S tanks on April 9.
Major General Walid Khalifa, commander of the 9th Armored Division of the Iraqi Army, confirmed to the Iraqi National News Agency that the 4th batch of Russian T-90 tanks had arrived in Iraq smoothly and were transferred to the Ministry of Defence. He said that under the guidance of Russian instructors, the entire crew received training in tank operation.
The Russian World Arms Trade Analysis Center said earlier that according to the annual report of the Ural Vehicle Factory, the company signed a basic contract in 2016 to provide 73 T-90S/SK tanks to the Iraqi military. As planned, T-90S tanks will be delivered in 2017. According to Iraqi News.com, in July 2017, Iraq and Russia signed a large number of improved T-90 main station tank purchase and sale agreement, worth $1 billion.
Iraqi Armed Forces Chief of Staff Ottoman Ghanim confirmed on 19 February 2018 that the first batch of 36 Russian-made T-90S/SK tanks had been received. In June 2018, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced that the 35th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division had received a second batch of 39 T-90S/SK tanks to equip two battalions. It is noteworthy that the force was previously equipped with the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank of the United States. These tanks were later handed over to the 34th Brigade of the Iraqi Army, which rarely participated in combat operations.
In June 2018, the Iraqi National News Agency reported that U.S. military experts were beginning to worry that the U.S. might lose Iraqs heavy armor market in view of the choice of Russian tanks by the Iraqi military.
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