Introduction — Jan 3, 2016
Iran’s military commanders may well have had their eyes on Russian T-90 tanks but we suspect that they’ve been overruled by the Ayatollah Khamenei.
The reason is simple. Although the T-90 is good Iran also makes it own indigenously developed tanks and while they might not be as capable as the Russian made tank they are good-enough.
Moreover, Iran’s military has far more pressing needs. In particular it sorely requires up-to-date air supremacy fighters like the Russian Su-30. So although Iran’s army commanders may have been admiring the Russian tank we suspect that they’ve been overruled by the Ayatollah Khamenei, who as Supreme Leader has the final say. Ed
Iran eyes own tank production, instead of buying Russia’s T-90
By Umid Niayesh — Trend Feb 2, 2016
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.