Iraq Turns Down US Abrams tanks in favor of T-72B

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May 27, 2015

Iraq Turns Down US Abrams tanks in favor of T-72B

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.

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