May 27, 2015
By Aleksey Khlopotov
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
A ship unloading its cargo of T-72 tanks from Russia was spotted at the port of Um-Qasr. The tight wrapping makes it difficult to say what variant is being supplied to the Iraqi army, but most likely those are refurbished T-72B MBTs.
It would appear that the Iraqis have had enough of their US super-duper-tanks and don’t want any more of them–too expensive, and not effective enough.
J.Hawk’s Comment: The T-72B is a “third-generation” T-72, introduced in 1985 as an answer to the 120mm-gunned NATO tanks, including the M1A1 Abrams. As such it is greatly superior to the earlier versions of the T-72 (which is all that Iraq had up to now), as well as the early versions of the Abrams.