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How Iraq under Saddam Hussein improved T-72 tanks with Chinese technology



During the years when Saddam Hussein ruled, during the Iran-Iraq war, various unusual looking samples of military equipment appeared. So, the T-72 tank was improved with Chinese help. Basically, the first export versions of the Ural delivered at the end of the 70s were subjected to “modernization”. Initially, these combat vehicles had four rotating steel screens on each side. They were supposed to perform anti-cumulative functions. In battles, most tanks lost these screens.

Iraq at the same time was buying tanks from China, in particular the Type 59-I and Type 69-IIG. Their chassis was covered with curly side screens. The Iraqis eventually began to purchase additional kits for installation on the T-62 and T-72.

In addition, Chinese optical jammers were installed on the T-72.

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