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Russian Defense Ministry Plans to Upgrade Main Battle Tanks

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Russian Defense Ministry is planning to upgrade about 400 T-90 tanks which are in service with the Russian Armed Forces, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Wednesday.

NIZHNY TAGIL (Sputnik) — The T-90 is the main battle tank currently in service with the Russian Army. It has been adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in the mid-1990s.

"We have got about [T-90] 400 tanks, which were ordered in the early 2000s. Some 12-15 years have passed since then. They need to be updated. Therefore, we are considering modernization of the tank park," Borisov told reporters at the RAE-2015.

Russia is currently pursuing a $325-billion rearmament program to modernize 70-percent of its military by 2020.

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The Defense Ministry will start to consider the issue "seriously" in 2016, Borisov said, adding that the task will be accomplished within current rearmament terms.

In 2011, the Russian Armed Forces stopped ordering the T-90, relying increasingly on the development of the advanced next generation Armata Universal Combat Platform that is expected to enter service in 2016.

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