The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to receive upgraded T-80 and T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) before the end of the year, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on 4 June.
The armed forces will receive more than 400 new and upgraded armoured platforms this year, according to Shoigu. "Among the vehicles to be delivered to the military are T-72B3M [T-72B3 mod 2016], T-80BVM, and T-90M MBTs," he said, adding that the T-72B3Ms would be fitted with Russian-made sighting and observation systems.
The military will also receive refurbished BMP-1AM Basurmanin infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) this year and the T-15 Armata heavy IFV will be modernised.
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