Defense Solutions, LLC Delivers First Rebuilt T-72 Tanks to the Army of the New Republic of Iraq

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Defense Solutions announced today that it will deliver the first five rebuilt T-72 Main Battle Tanks to the Iraqi Army.

Defense Solutions announced today that it will deliver the first five rebuilt T-72 Main Battle Tanks to the Iraqi Army. Iraqi Staff Major General Mahmood Ayoub Bashar will accept these tanks on behalf of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense during his attendance at program review meetings being held at the HM Currus Combat Vehicle Technique Company (Currus), GödöllQ, Hungary. Currus is participating in the refurbishment project under a subcontract to Defense Solutions. These tanks are part of a total of 77 T-72s that are being rebuilt under a contract between Defense Solutions and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. The T-72 tanks were originally donated to Iraq by the Government of Hungary. Defense Solutions is performing this work under a US State Department license.

The T-72s will be the main combat power of a new Iraqi Armor Division being created with the assistance of the US Army.

The Soviet-designed T-72 remains one of the world's best main battle tanks and is comparable to the original M-1 Abrams tank fielded to US forces beginning in 1980. The T-72s being provided to the Iraqi Army are the original model, have not been upgraded and are no match for the highly advanced Abrams M1A2 and the M1A2 SEP (System Enhancement Program) version used by the US Army.

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.

About Defense Solutions, LLC

Defense Solutions, LLC is an international project management and consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tel-Aviv, Israel; and Budapest, Hungary. Defense Solutions provides program management and strategic studies and analyses for its clients. It also provides business development and program advocacy for companies in the Defense, Homeland Security, Information Technology and Telecommunications markets. Defense Solutions utilizes a network of experts who have a wide range of specialties in industry, government, the armed forces, law enforcement, maritime security and national politics.

For more information, please visit: http://www.defensesolutions.net.

Contact Information:

In Hungary:

Mr. Michael Kearney

Plant Representative

T-72 Refurbishment Project

Defense Solutions, LLC

36 28 420 122 ext. 199

Mobile: 36 30 382 6712

In the USA:

Mr. James A. Donahue

Chief Operating Officer

Defense Solutions, LLC

202.530.3204

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