Ukraine and Pakistan in tank sales talks10/08/17Defence
Ukraine is negotiating the sale of 100 T-84 Oplot battle tanks to Pakistan, and plans to use the funds to modernise defence production capacities and invest in research and development.
The potential deal, which is to be handed to Ukraine defence group Ukroboronprom, would mark another export contract for the supply of the tanks following a deal signed in 2011 with Thailand, which provided 49 Oplots.
In the 1990s, the Ukrainian defence industry supplied 320 T-84UD tanks to Pakistan’s military under a deal worth some $600m (~€5.12m).
In addition to export sales, Ukroboronprom is also producing Oplots for the country’s armed forces. Last month, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that more than 300m hryvnia (~€9.97m) will be allocated to acquire an undisclosed number of tanks for the Ukrainian land forces.
Poroshenko said a “lion’s share of the money” would be allocated to purchase Oplots “so that our soldiers can effectively fight.”
The Ukrainian military is still facing Russia-backed insurgents in the country’s east, following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.