Russia may regain T-80U main battle tanks and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles supplied to South Korea in the 1990s and in the 2000s towards state debt payments, the Russian daily Izvestia reported on September 5, citing an anonymous defense source. The proposal was reportedly to the South Korean government on September 3.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) arms transfers database, Moscow supplied 43 T-80U main battle tanks and 67 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to South Korea in 1995-2006.
The official version provided in Russian media outlets is that Moscow is going to cannibalize the regained military equipment. However, some military experts believe that these main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles could be delivered to Yemen or other states involved in the military conflicts.