Sudan Orders Russian T-72s

Sudan has placed an order for 170 surplus T-72 tanks with Russia, according to unidentified sources cited by the Russian newspaper Izvestia on 20 September. “The consultations started in 2015, yet a final agreement was reached at the Army 2016 forum [held in Russia earlier in September],” Izvestia quoted one source as saying. “It is […]

Iraq Receives More T-72s, BMP-1s

The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 16 December that it had received a consignment of tanks, armoured vehicles, and ammunition from Bulgaria. It provided no further details. The announcement came after photographs began circulating on social media showing a T-72 tank and as many as 12 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that had […]

Iran Confirms Plans to Buy Russia’s T-90 Tanks

Iran’s Ground Force Command has transferred a proposal to the Iranian General Staff on the purchase of Russian-made T-90 tanks, Ground Force Commander, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on the sidelines of a conference on army draft held in the province of North Khorasan on Wednesday. “The talks with representatives of the Russian side […]

Iranian Weapons Pour Into Embattled Tikrit

Iraqi and Shia militia forces have been taking back ground from Islamic State, pushing the jihadist fighters out of much of the town of Tikrit. But in a sign of Tehran’s growing military presence in the Iraq, Iranian weapons were a nearly ubiquitous sight in images and videos coming out of the offensive to take […]

Czechs to Deliver T-72 Tanks, APCs to Iraq

The Czech firm Excalibur Army will deliver 100 repaired tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) to the Iraqi military in a contract for hundreds of million crowns, the server Aktualne.cz writes today. The contract was given a go-ahead by the Czech foreign, defense and interior ministries. The arms are to help Baghad fight Islamic State. […]

The Syrian Republican Guard’s Armour Upgrades: Products of a Four Year War

Following local experiments with spaced and slat armour on T-72AVs and BMP-2s, the Republican Guard initiated a small-scale upgrade programme for its armour in the summer of 2014. After upgrading several of its T-72M1s and bulldozers with additional armour, the Republican Guard is now also operating at least one ZSU-23-4 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) upgraded […]

Activists: Qaeda Seizes Scores of Syrian Army Tanks

Fighters from the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syria branch, seized dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers from the army when they took two regime bases this week, AFP quoted activists as saying on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Nusra Front fighters captured the Wadi al-Deif and Hamidiyeh military posts in the northwestern […]

Al Nusrah Front Showcases Military Parade in Idlib

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, has released both video and pictures detailing a large military parade in Idlib province. The media were released through Nusrah’s Twitter feed for its Idlib operations. The pictures bear the caption of “Men of Tawhid [monotheism] and belief in the abodes of Islam,” while the […]

Syria Enhances T-72 Protection

Syria has developed a new passive armour package to enhance the survivability of its Russian-supplied T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBT) against RPG-7 rocket propelled grenades. Photographs published on a pro-Syrian military Facebook page on 9 August show a T-72M1 with a locally designed bar/slat armour array fitted to its turret to provide increased protection against […]