RUSSIAN TANK PROBLEMS.
Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 171
An armaments chief from Russia’s Defense Ministry said on September 11 that only 25,000-26,000 of the army’s tanks meet today’s standards and that a modernization of the country’s armored forces is not expected until at least 2005. According to the Russian general, the army received a total of about 100 tanks over the past two years — roughly matching the number lost during the war in Chechnya — and the last major procurement of tanks occurred in 1989 when some 3,000 were delivered. (Itar-Tass, September 11) Russian media report, meanwhile, that the country’s tank exports have declined precipitously because no new models have appeared for some ten years. (Radio Russia, September 14)
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