A contract for licensed assembly of approximately 200 T-90 main battle tanks in Algeria was signed by Rosoboronexport last year, the newspaper Vedomosti wrote on Friday, quoting sources in the defense sector.
"Russian knockdown kits will be assembled at a tank plant of the Algerian Defense Ministry which has earlier repaired armored vehicles," the report said.
Moscow Defense Brief editor Mikhail Barabanov estimates the approximate cost of licensed assembly of 200 T-90 tanks at $1 billion, the newspaper wrote. This is one of the largest current contracts by quantity parameters or maybe even the world's largest contract for battle tank exports, Barabanov said.
Algeria and Rosoboronexport agreed on the delivery of 185 T-90 tanks in 2010, the newspaper wrote, adding that the contract had been fulfilled by now. In addition, Algeria ordered Russia's kits to modernize approximately 300 T-72 tanks procured in the Soviet period. The Algerian shift from direct procurement of tanks from Russia to their licensed assembly on the national territory is comparable with the Indian policy in military-technological cooperation with Russia.
India concluded the first contract for 124 T-90 tanks and 186 knockdown kits for tank assembly with Russia in 2001. The contract was fulfilled, and another document was signed in 2004 for licensed production of approximately 1,000 T-90 tanks in India. The licensed production was slow and additional contracts were signed in 2007 for the delivery of 124 tanks and 223 knockdown kits.
"Besides, T-90 tanks were exported to Azerbaijan (100 tanks, the deliveries were completed in 2014), Uganda (44 tanks, the deliveries ended several years ago) and Turkmenistan (six tanks were delivered in 2009). T-90 tank deliveries to the Russian Armed Forces were finalized in 2011. T-90 deliveries to Saudi Arabia, Libya and Syria were considered in the past but were not made for various reasons. A source close to Rosoboronexport said negotiations were in progress on the possible delivery of T-90 tanks to Iraq," the newspaper wrote.
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