I noted previously that the new Iraqi army had received its first T-55 tanks. Now, 77 T-72s donated to Iraq by Hungary are going to be refitted for use by the Iraqis, as well:
The T-72s were deactivated by the Hungarian Army at the end of the Cold War and placed in long-term storage. Hungary, which became part of NATO in 1999, donated the tanks to Iraq with NATO approval.
Defense Solutions will refurbish the T-72 tanks to bring them to operational condition, test fire the main gun and other weapons systems, and conduct a cross county road test before releasing the equipment for shipment to Iraq. The contract is expected to take up to six months.
“When fielded, these tanks will help bring stability to Iraq, allow the Iraqi Army to assume more responsibility for its nation”s security and hasten the day when US forces can come home,” according to Defense Solutions” CEO Tim Ringgold, himself a retired US Army colonel and former mechanized brigade commander.