Sudan to receive T-72 tanks from Russia


Russia will deliver 170 T-72 main battle tanks to Sudan, including 20 for spare parts.

Russian daily newspaper Izvestia, citing unidentified sources, reported on 20 September that Russia and Sudan have been discussing the possible tank sale since 2011 but a final agreement was only reached at the Army 2016 event this month.

Sudan is set to receive 150 stored T-72s and another 20 that will be used as a source of spare parts.

Izvestia said the Sudanese tanks would be an early variant of the T-72 not armed with anti-tank guided missiles. TheT-72AV tanks will be fitted with Kontakt-1 explosive reactive armour, 125 mm main guns as well as 7.62 mm PKT and 12.7 mm NSVT machineguns.

Sudan is also set to receive helicopters from Russia.