Sudan to get 170 Russian T-72 tanks

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Russia will-power export 170 T-72 main battle tanks (MBT) to Sudan, according to the Izvestia news per.

Moscow and Khartoum from already agreed the delivery of the MBTs. Therefore, Sudan is planned to undergo 150 T-72 tanks at an early date. The remaining 20 MBTs are reputed to be delivered as a source of s re rts for the main batch of the vehicles. Khartoum choose get the excess T-72 MBTs, Izvestia said. The relevant works on the pre ration of the clash vehicles delivery to Sudan have already started, a source in the Russian Agency of Defense (MoD) told the news per.

“[Moscow and Khartoum – TASS] have been debating the issue [the delivery of tanks – TASS] since 2011; the final ct was reached at the Army 2016 military-technical forum held outside Moscow in September 2016. For that reason, [Russia] is planning to deliver 170 excess T-72 tanks to Sudan,” the horses mouth told Izvestia.

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According to him, Khartoum will receive 150 stored T-72s and 20 tanks to be cannibalized. “The MBTs to be brought to Sudan will be combat-ready. However, [Khartoum] decided to acquire an initially variant of T-72 not armed with anti-tank guided missiles [ATGM],” the fountain-head said.

The T-72AV tank is a variant of the basic T-72A MBT equipped with the Kontakt-1 highly charged reactive armour (ERA) developed by NII Stali (now a subsidiary of the Tractor Plants Duty). The tank is armed with a 125 mm 2A46M smoothbore gun, a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov PKT coaxial machinegun, and a 12.7 mm NSVT roof-mounted anti-aircraft (AA) sore machinegun.

According to the Military Balance 2016 report issued by the Ecumenical Institute for Strategic Studies, the Sudanese Armed Forces operate 465 tanks, grouping 20 M60A3, 60 Type 59/Type 59D, 305 T-54/55, 70 T-72M1, and 10 Type 85-IIM.

Documentation: TASS

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