Egypt has signed a contract with Russia to license-build 500 T-90MS battle tanks, the Defense Blog reported on June 27.

Citing sources in the Russian defense industry, the Defense Blog reported that the contract was signed by the Egyptian Ministry of Defence and Military Production and the sole Russian state defense export agency Rosoboronexport.

Under the alleged contract, the Uralvagonzavod corporation will build a facility to assemble T-90MS tanks under license in Egypt.

The T-90MS is a significantly upgraded version of the T-90S. The battle tank is equipped with a 1,130 hp engine, a PNM Sosna-U gunner sight, a UDP T05BV-1 remote weapon station with a 7.62 mm machine gun, and a brand new navigation system with GLONASS.

The tank protection was improved with the addition of the new Relikt explosive reactive armour (ERA) that covers a large part of the chassis and turret.
If confirmed, the purchase of T-90MS battle tanks will significantly improve the offensive capabilities of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The contract will also allow Egypt to gain vast experience in the construction and maintenance of battle tanks.