Pakistan unveils state of the art Chinese origin Main Battle Tanks

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Pakistan unveils state of the art Chinese origin Main Battle Tanks

The Chinese origin third-generation VT4 main battle tank (MBT) made its first public appearance during the Pakistan Day Parade that was held on 25 March in Islamabad.

In 2019, Pakistan had placed an order with Inner Mongolia First Machinery Group Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO), for delivering VT4 MBTs. ------------------------------

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Last year, Pakistan Army formally confirmed the induction of the state of the art VT-4 MBTs in its defensive arsenal during an official ceremony held at the Field Firing Ranges near Jhelum. About VT-4

Weighing around 52 tons, a VT-4 tank is 10.10 meters long with 3.40 meters wide and 2.30 meters high gun forward. 3 crew members can fit in a VT-4 tank which has an operational range of 500 km and a top speed of 70 km/h.

In terms of armament, a VT-4 tank has a 125mm smoothbore cannon capable of firing APFSDS, HESH, HEAT and HE rounds and guided missiles. There is also a remote weapon station on its turret armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.

The fire control system of the VT-4 has hunter-killer capabilities, a laser rangefinder, panoramic sight, and a third-generation thermal imaging system. ------------------------------

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Where protection is concerned, a VT-4 tank is equipped with explosive reactive armor, a GL5 active protection system, defensive grenade launchers, and a laser warning device.

Besides, a VT-4 tank features an IFF system, NBC protection, explosion suppression system, fire extinguishing system, and air conditioning system.