Russia’s T-90 Tank Interests Vietnam Because It’s ‘More Modern’ Than Rivals


 The T-90 tank

   Vietnam wants to buy Russia’s T-90 battle tank because it is more modern than its Western rivals, People’s Army of Vietnam colonel Nyugen Khak Ngyuety told Sputnik.

   Earlier this month the managing director of Russian machine-building company Uralvagonzavod told the Russian newspaper Izvestiya that the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is negotiating the purchase of up to 100 Russian T-90 tanks.

   PAVN colonel of armored troops Nyugen Khak Ngyuety told Sputnik that Hanoi turned to Russia because of its long history using Soviet-produced tanks. During its Resistance War against the US in the 1960s and 70s, Vietnam was armed with Soviet T-54 battle tanks and light amphibious PT-59 tanks, as well as Chinese copies of the T-54.

   These tanks were particularly valuable during the 1975 battle for Ho Chi Minh, and their speed, maneuverability and firepower enabled the Vietcong forces to move quickly and ensured the capitulation of the South Vietnamese army, Ngyuety said.

   “Medium tanks of Soviet production worked well in the conditions of Vietnam – they were powerful and well-protected. The T-54 had a combat weight of 36 tons and was fitted with a 100-mm turret gun. The main tank of the enemy was the M48. It weighed about 50 tons and had a 90-mm caliber gun. It was easier to manage than the Soviet tanks, but because of its size (mainly its height, a whole meter taller than the T-54) the American tank was more visible on the ground.”

   “It was also inferior to the Soviet tank in cross-country performance and fuel distance. Another advantage of Soviet tanks was that technically they were much simpler than the US tanks and therefore more reliable. In the case of a breakdown, the crew could repair the vehicle relatively quickly. Repairing an American tank was much more difficult,” Ngyuety explained.

    Production of the T-54 and T-55 battle tanks began at the end of World War Two. Over 100,000 of the tanks were produced for the Soviet army, its allies and the export market, making it the most-produced tank in military history.

    The colonel says that today’s Russian tanks, including the T-90 which Vietnam wants to buy, have the same enduring superiority over their US counterparts as the Soviet tanks did.

    “As a tank commander with a lot of combat experience, I can compare contemporary tanks from different countries. In my opinion, Russian fighting vehicles are more modern than Western ones,” Ngyuety said. © Wikipedia/ Vitaly V. KuzminSure Shot: T-72, T-90 to Get Armata Tank’s Electronic ‘Brain’ for Fast Targeting

    The colonel said the purchase of the tanks is a reflection of Vietnamese military doctrine, which values tanks as a key component of strike capability along with its infantry.

   “Regarding the purchase of new tanks, that depends on a country’s economic resources. There are two ways: the first is to buy a certain number of modern tanks. Judging by the press reports, (Vietnam) intends to buy a relatively small batch of T-90 tanks with two modifications.”

   “The second way is to modernize the existing tank fleet with a view to improving its tactical and technical characteristics as much as possible.”

   “Tank equipment continues to play an important role on the battlefield. Obviously, Vietnam should do it both ways: procure modern combat vehicles, and upgrade the ones it already has,” Ngyuety concluded.

    Russia’s T-90 third-generation main battle tank entered into service in 1993. It weighs 46 tons and is fitted with 125 mm 2A46 smoothbore cannon, which was also used in the widely-produced second-generation Soviet T-72 battle tank and the third-generation T-80 Soviet tank. Last month Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that the Russian army is to modernize several hundred T-90 battle tanks.

Russia, Vietnam WIll Hold 1st Joint Drills on Vietnamese Territory in 2016

Vietnam soldiers


One of Russia’s Eastern Military District’s combined arms units will participate in joint military exercises in Vietnam.

   Russia and Vietnam will hold the first joint military exercises in the Vietnamese territory in 2016, the head of Russia’s Eastern Military District press service said on Thursday.

“It is planned to use one of the district’s combined arms units stationed in the Amur Region,” Col. Alexander Gordeev told reporters.

The Eastern Military District is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Russian Armed Forces. The district was formed by a Presidential Decree and signed September 2010.Russia is currently undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.


Russian Troops to Join 9 Int’l Drills in 2016, Build High-Tech Ranges

Exercises with China, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, as well as three drills with India, are planned for 2016.


Exercises with China, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, as well as three drills with India, are planned for 2016.

 Russian Eastern Military   District (EMD) troops will take part in nine international exercises in 2016, the district commander said Friday.

“The next year will be more abundant in terms of international military cooperation, troops are planned to take part in nine exercises,” Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said at a military council session.

Surovikin listed exercises with China, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, as well as three drills with India, as planned for 2016. This year, the commander said EMD servicemen took part in three drills, with one planned next month.Announcing other developments for 2016, the EMD commander said seven state-of-the-art training grounds were planned to be built across four eastern regions, adding that a network of 33 training areas is expected be built by 2020.

Russia is currently undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.

Russia’s Eastern District Receives Over 850 Military Equipment in 2015

Russia’s Eastern Military District has received over 850 units of military equipment this year, with plans to continue rearmament on pace in 2016, the district commander said.

“An unprecedented re-equipment of military units to new military systems and equipment has continued in 2015. To date, over 850 units of modern military equipment have been delivered to the forces.”

Surovikin listed the Borey-class Alexander Nevsky strategic missile nuclear submarine, the Iskander-M mobile short-range ballistic missile system, S-400 Triumf missile defense systems, Verba man-portable air-defense systems and Tornado-G rocket launchers, T-72B3 battle tanks, electronic warfare and communication systems, as well as drones — as some of the equipment delivered this year.Russia is currently undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.

The EMD commander stressed that rearmament would continue on pace next year.