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Egypt Increases Cooperation With Russia To Get 400 T90 Battle Tanks – Report

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Egypt Increases Cooperation With Russia To Get 400 T90 Battle Tanks – Report

Illustrative image. Source: MenaDefense

Russia has given Egypt a license to assemble 400 T-90S\SK battle tanks locally, the Algerian MENA Defense blog that reported on March 9.

MENA Defense’s report said that Egypt will begin assembling first T-90S battle tanks in the last quarter of 2019 after receiving the needed technology from the Russian Uralvagonzavod company, the manufacturer of the tank.

The T-90S is an export version of the original T-90A battle tank, while the T-90SK is the command version of the T-90S. This model is equipped with a computerized day and night targeting system and is capable of launching the 9M119 Refleks anti-tank guided missiles via its 125mm 2A46M smoothbore gun. The battle tank is powered by a 1,000 hp (750 kW) engine made by the Russian Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant.

Egypt will be able to assemble 50 T-90S\SK battle tanks each year from 2019 to 2026 on the assemble line, which will be built by Uralvagonzavod. The same assumable line will serve as maintenance facility for the Egyptian T-90S\SK fleet, according to MENA Defense.

Earlier this year, the Iraqi Armed Forces received 36 T-90S\SK battle tanks out of 73 battle tanks that Russia had agreed to export to Iraq in July 2017.

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