Images published online on 15 February appear to show the first deliveries of Russian-manufactured T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Iraq.
Photographs published on Twitter show three T-90s on transporters leaving the southern port of Umm Qasr en route to Baghdad. The tanks were previously filmed being loaded onto a ship on 1 February at the Russian port of Ust-Luga, according to the caption accompanying that footage. Prior to that a number of T-90S tanks in desert camouflage were filmed by a Russian TV unit at manufacturer UralVagonZavod’s Nizhny Tagil facility in December 2017.
Iraq has ordered 73 T-90S MBTs and T-90SK command tanks through a government-to-government order, with this confirmed in July 2017 by Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian presidential aid for military-technical co-operation, and reported by Jane’s at the time.
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