Iran eyes own tank production, instead of buying Russia's T-90
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
Purchase of T-90 tank from Russia is not currently on Iran's agenda, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, commander of the Iranian army's ground forces said, Mehr news agency reported Feb. 2.
"The Russian T-90 tank is one of our favorites," he said, adding however purchasing this tank was later abandoned considering Iran's domestic capacities for producing tanks.
"Iran currently plans to use its domestic capacities to meet its demand for tanks," the commander said.
Iran previously expressed interest in purchasing the T-90. According to some experts, the T-90 is more advanced in terms of its penetration capacity, fire power, navigation technology, fire control and guidance system, maneuverability, and sophisticated electronics compared to the existing tanks in Iran's arsenal.
The T-90 is considered to be among the 10 best main battle tanks in the world. Currently it is the most commercially successful main battle tank on the global market.
Under international restrictions, Iran has turned to domestic talents to improve its military power, frequently unveiling new products.
Since 1992, Iran has been manufacturing its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radar, boats, submarines and fighter aircraft. Iran also unveiled its first long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.