News ID: 150435
Published: 0641 GMT April 29, 2016

Russia says ready to make T-90s in Iran

Russia says ready to make T-90s in Iran

Russia announced on Thursday that it is considering a plan that involves the licensed production of T-90 tanks in Iran in what could mark a new chapter in strategic relations between the two countries.

The announcement has been made by Vyacheslav Khalitov, the deputy general director of the UralVagonZavod (UVZ) which is the largest battle tank manufacturer in the world.

Khalitov has been quoted by Interfax as saying that the project to produce T-90s in Iran will go ahead as soon as there is a proposal from Tehran.

"We are ready if the customer wants it," Khalitov said.

Iran has already purchased Russia’s S-300 missile defense systems for $800 million and has started to receive the early batches of the system which will be fully delivered over the next months.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, who was in Moscow to attend a two-day conference, said, “Russia and Iran reached… some agreements and drew up specific plans towards furthering military and technical cooperation,” Press TV reported.

Dehqan made the announcement following a Wednesday meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the sidelines of the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

He left for Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the delivery of S-300 as well as several other issues of mutual interest.

Russia’s media said in February that Tehran had handed Moscow a major shopping list involving arms and military equipment.

Iran is also interested in Russia’s Bastion mobile coastal defense missile system, equipped with supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missiles, along with Mi-8/17 helicopters and other arms, Interfax added.

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