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UAE looking for more tank transporters

19 September 2019
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The MZKT-741351 on display at IDEX 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus.

"We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was declared a long time ago: the delivery of a batch of tank transporters. We are in negotiations on stepping it up and signing a new contract to deliver the same kind of vehicles after the vehicles are tested," Golovchenko told the Belarusian state news agency BelTA on 13 September.

He was speaking at the start of a state visit to Belarus by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

It was announced in October 2016 that the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT) (Volat Defence) would supply its latest all-terrain trucks to the UAE. "It is quite an important contract, the implementation of which is supposed to begin next year. The vehicles are going through final tests in the UAE now," Golovchenko, the then ambassador to the UAE, said at the time.

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