Libya Receives Russian Tank Destroyers

The Libyan Army has reportedly received ten more 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S tank destroyers from Russia, adding to the four it received in 2010.

IHS Janes reports that ten of the tank destroyers arrived in Libya on September 24.

The Khrizantema-S system was originally developed by the KBM Engineering Design Bureau for the Russian Army, with service entry scheduled for around 2004, but due to budget constrains only a few were ordered. Libya is the only known export customer for the type.

The report claims that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered $4 billion worth of hardware before the revolution, including Yak-130 trainers, tanks, fighters, helicopters and air defence systems; these contracts were reviewed by the new Libyan administration, as Russia did not support the uprising against Gaddafi.

(Source: Defense Web, IHS Janes)

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