a89 wrote:Thank you sheytanelkebir, your messages are very interesting. Couple of questions:
- Do you have an estimate on how many T-90 the government has acquired?
no idea. But the Army has already decided to stand up 3x Armoured and 5x Mechanised divisions in addition to 5 infantry and 5 light infantry / ISOF.
The armoured divisions need about 300 MBTs each (900MBTs total)
The mechanised divisions need about 120 MBTs each (600 MBTs total)
The "infantry" divisions need about 56 MBTs each (270 MBTs total)
That is a total requirement of about 1800 MBTs. Of which they have about 300 MBTs right now.
So they are looking to buy about 1500 MBTs over the next 5-6 years, and slowly passing down the "older" MBTs from the armour divisions to Mech and then to Infantry as newer tanks enter service.
Iraq has a "dual supply" policy for armaments. So that means not ALL tanks will be brought from one source. Instead each division will be bought in "batches". So as an example the M1A1SA tanks (140+6+175) was bought for the 9th Armoured div. But then they stopped buying before completing the order... so they actually only have 146.
Similarly the 420 BTR4s were bought for the 5th Mechanised Division as its wheeled IFV... but once again the purchase was cancelled due to quality problems.
Thus expect the T90 and BMP3s to be purchased in "unit sized" batches. i.e. either half or a full divisions worth in every order. (150 or 300 at a time).
- What is going to happen with Ukrainian contract? any candidates to replace BTR-4?
It has been cancelled.
So far we don't know what has been chosen to replace the BTR4. Similarly the Army does need a tracked IFV for the armoured divisions, and it seems that the BMP3 has been chosen. A previous "DSCA notification" from last year for 175 Abrams and 200 Bradleys seems to have not been taken up by the Iraqi side as of yet! surprisingly. That can only indicate that quantities from Russia will be increased.
so in addendum the army is in a very difficult position now. they have the following problems:
-The HUMVEES are very tired (they need 10,000 uparmoured jeeps to replace them!)
-They need 1500 tanks and are not happy with the Gas Turbines and other shortcomings on ABRAMS
-They seem to have also not taken up the offers for 250 Bradleys and 50 Strykers.
-They cancelled the BTR4s for the Mechanised Divisions... so another glaring gap there
-They need an "upgrade package" for their 1000 M113s to improve armour and armaments.
-And still they have not increased the number of M198 or M109A5s artillery that they have (only 180 of them are available).
A massive potential market there... especially considering the constant security problems and surrounding threats.
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