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Russia puts tank fleet modernisation into a higher gear

21st February 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in Moscow

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Russia intends to increase the proportion of modern MBTs and other armoured vehicles in its army’s inventory from 50% to 70% by 2027, according to senior military commanders and defence analysts.

As reported in January, Russia has already allocated funds from its 2011-20 state armament programme to buy BTR-82A APCs, T-90M and T-14 Armata MBTs, and Tiger and Volk armoured vehicles.

The army is to receive 15 T-90M tanks from Uralvagonzavod in 2020, but the original 2019 contract to upgrade 100 T-90A tanks has not been fulfilled because additional tests are required.  

However, a new contract is expected to be

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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