By a pace of 50 tanks to be delivered per year Egypt will be co-producing with Russia 400 T-90S/SK main battle tank, for $1,5 billion.
Specifically, the Russian heavy off-road truck manufacturer Ural Automotive Plan has announced plans to establish a local company in Egypt to assemble 400 Russian battle tanks of the T-90S/SK model, according to state-funded Russian news outlet Russia Today.
However, the project depends on whether the mother company in Russia will issue an official authorization for the assemblage in Egypt.
By acquiring the T-90S/SK Egypt will be introducing in service a second type of a third generation tank, as the U.S. made M-1A1 Abrams is already in egyptian service since the 1990’s.
A 125 M1A1 co-production program is currently underway, with 1,005 M1A1s previously in service with the Egyptian army, while in service remain a few american made M-60’s and some older soviet made Τ-62 και Τ-55’s.
The russian T-90 is a third generation tank that entered service into 1993, being a modernised variation of the upgraded Soviet T-72B. Moreover it incorporates quite a few features which can be found on the T-80U. Originally called the T-72BU, later it has been renamed to T-90, becoming the more advanced tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and the Naval Infantry.
Its armament consists of a 125 mm 2A46 smoothbore main gun, the 1A45T fire-control system, an upgraded engine, and gunner’s advanced thermal sight system. In addition standard protective measures include a blend of steel and composite armour, smoke grenade dischargers, Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armour, and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system.
The T-90 tank, also known as “Vladimir”, is the main Russian fighting tank and is named after its designer, Vladimir Ivanovich Butkin.
International Relations analysts pinpoint the fact that this particular order possibly constitutes a partial geopolitical shift for Cairo and General Sisi’s government towards Moscow.