Syrian militants deploy captured T-90 tank in new offensive in Hama

Tahrir al-Sham, a coalition of jihadists with close links to al-Qaeda, deploy a captured T-90 main battle tank in a new offensive in Hama Governorate in Syria.

The “offensive” began with suicide car bomb attacks close to the town of Soran in the countryside north of Hama.

While car bombs are standard operating procedure for terrorist groups in Syria, the attack on Hama is unique because it appears that Tahrir al-Sham had deployed a captured T-90 tank.

Early, a militant group has reportedly captured a sophisticated Russian-made T-90 main battle tank. The group posted the image of T-90 claiming it was captured on June 9 in battles around the Mallah Farms in Northern Aleppo. The report says this T-90 had been used by the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces before it was captured by al-Zenki Movement units.

The T-90 uses a 125 mm 2A46 smoothbore main gun, the 1A45T fire-control system, an upgrated engine, and thermal sights. Standard protective measures include a blend of steel, composite armour, smoke dischargers, Kontakt-5 explosive-reactive armour, laser warning receivers, Nakidka camouflage and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system.

The EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse (EMP) creator has been used in testing but not fitted to T-90s in active service. It was designed and built by Uralvagonzavod, in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.

Since 2011, the Russian armed forces have ceased any further orders for the T-90, and are instead anticipating the development of the T-14 Armata that is expected to enter service in 2020

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