Land Platforms

Russia hands over second batch of T-72 tanks, BRDM-2M ARVs to Laos

21 January 2020

Russia has delivered a second batch of T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) and BRDM-2M 4×4 armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs) to the Lao People's Armed Forces (LPAF).

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the handover took place during a ceremony to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the LPAF.

The first batch was delivered between December 2018 and January 2019, with a Laotian source telling Jane's at the time that the LPAF was receiving "several dozen" T-72B1 tanks.

The vehicles were unveiled during the 2019 parade marking the 70th anniversary of the LPAF.

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