BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces have reportedly received a new batch of T-90 tanks from the Russian military, Iraqi News reported on Wednesday.
Citing the commander of the 9th Armored Division’s commander Major General Walid Khalifa’s interview with the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) on Tuesday, Iraqi News reported that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense received their fourth batch of Russian-made T-90 tanks.
The Iraqi military will begin using the tanks once they complete training, the Iraqi News report added.
Iraq first agreed to receive the T-90 tank in 2017 after seeing the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) success on the battlefield.
Speaking to Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovsky recalled that “the conditions of Iraq and Syria are desert and semi-desert areas and a long range of open spaces.”
“The T-90 is already successfully using guided missiles launched through the barrel; in this regard, a high-precision missile with a range of up to five kilometers can be described as a sort of [the T-90’s] ‘high-precision hand’,” Murakhovsky said.
The Iraqi Armed Forces now have a have a large number of battle ready T-90 tanks in their arsenal.