Russian T-90 tank, the last tests in Saudi Arabia, but has yet to purchased kingdom is quite a delight local tankers, become familiar with its capabilities. A.2 of this said one of the senior officers of the Land Forces of Saudi Arabia.
«Tank is awesome. Certainly, perfect for us and our conditions, «- said the officer. «I myself serve on the» Abrams «and not so long ago was trained on the latest modification in the U.S., but my friends had a chance to experience the Russian tank — they are delighted with him.»
According to a source at the trials in Saudi Arabia was only one T-90. Is no longer required since no breakages failed, despite tests at summer temperatures in all landscapes kingdom. Transaction so Makarov, was close to, to be held, but at one point, «something came and stopped all contact.»
On the question of what Saudi Arabia a new type of MBT, requiring very different parts, other standards of service and the rest, the military said confidently that in the army afraid depending only on the 1st vendor, especially when he is inclined to impose its political will customer. According to the views of the military, if the country has the means, it can allow yourself to the luxury of an abundance of park. From their perspective, the kingdom did not experience deficiencies in external dangers. Main potential enemy is Iran, and the possibility of war with him Tipo very high. Lack of a common border with the state of the pro-Iranian orientation compensated control of Iraq, which, according to the views of the Saudi military, very exposed to very own former enemy.
«No one can be trusted» — summed up the officer. — «So very necessary to diversify procurement.» Note that world war is not necessarily the appropriate mood prince.
«Why not buy a license kingdom on the T-90?» — We asked our source. «It’s pointless» — was the answer. — «Building the plant and teach people without prospects smallest exports — is expensive even for us. And illusions about the ability to compete with the U.S. and Russia we have. » A.2 asked, and suddenly the war? Very comfortable themselves meet all the needs … «Here you are right in something, actually. But so far, it seems such an option was not even discussed. «
According to the source, for the past 5 years, the Saudi military made great strides toward greater autonomy in the operation and maintenance of the fleet in general and MBT viz. Crews carefully and actively master the technique goes by many firings, funds for military training in the country do not regret. Cleaning and care involved only men, as officers and not previously involved. Service tanks are only citizens of Saudi Arabia, no migrant workers.
With all this «Abrams», according to a source A.2, very capricious in operation and maintenance hassle. This applies especially to the motor. Subject of special pride Saudi tank is the ability to independently maintain their cars and namely, to remove and install the engine. «Even five years ago without the Yankees it was just unreal. At the moment, we are more and more often to cope themselves. «
Prepared Ruslan Aliev