MOSCOW, Russia – Russia has supplied more than 30 modern T-90S tanks to Vietnam, and its first photos have been posted on the networks, reports Russkoe Oruzhie.
As the portal indicates, before the arrival of the T-90S, the newest tanks in Vietnam were the Soviet T-62s, consisting of about 100 units. Most of the country’s tanks are obsolete T-54/55 and Chinese Type 59. In total, according to various sources, there are about 1,200 units.
In the publication it is said that, with the help of foreign countries, attempts have been made to modernize these tanks. However, the variant that was developed, the T-55M3, did not meet the modern military requirements. As a result, only a few vehicles were produced.
In addition, the Vietnam Armed Forces have a large number of amphibious tanks in the army service and in the reserve, about 600 Soviet PT-76 and Chinese Type 63 vehicles.
According to the portal, military experts have repeatedly noted that the Vietnamese army needed new weapons, and the T-90S was the best candidate. The vehicle has proven its advanced features in the fighting in Syria where it has played a critical role in defeating jihadist forces back by the West, Arab Gulf dictatorships and Turkey, it is easy and safe to use.
The T-90S tank is the export version of the T-90 tank that is in service of the Russian Armed Forces. It has a motor of 1,000 CV of power that allows it to reach the speed of 65 kilometers per hour. It is armed with a 125 mm cannon, a 7.62 mm machine gun and a 12.7 mm machine gun.
In December it became known that another country in Southeast Asia, Laos, had already received Russian tanks. The modernized T-72B1 is now participating in rehearsals for a military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Lao People’s Army.