VT4 MBT-3000 MBT

Main Battle Tank China

VT4 MBT 3000 MBT Main Battle Tank Norinco China Chinese army defense industry 925 001

Description

The MBT-3000 also named VT4 for the export version is a new generation of main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Chinese Defense Company NORINCO. According NORINCO, the MBT-3000 is the latest technology of main battle tank especially designed to meet the challenge of high-tech warfare. Its overall performance and combat capability are among the most advanced main battle tanks in the world. The MBT-3000 was unveiled for the first time to the public at the International Defense Exhibition Eurosatory in June 2012. At the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition 2014, The Chinese Defense Company NORINCO has showed for the first time, a ream model of its new main battle tank VT4. In August, Norinco treated diplomats, military officials and defense contractors from 44 countries to a demonstration of its latest tank designed for export, state media reported. The MBT-3000 not only costs almost $3 million less than its American rival, an automatic loader for the main gun allows it operate with three crew members instead of four. At the defense Exhibition AAD 2014 in Pretoria, Namibia’s deputy defense minister has showed interest for the new Chinese main battle tank. According to Kanwa Defense Review, Pakistan is looking forward to testing the new MBT-3000 (also called VT4 for the export version) main battle tank. In January 2018, Royal Thai Army conducted tests of the China-built VT4 main battle tank at the Royal Thai Army Cavalry Centre at Adisorn military camp in Saraburi. Thailand has purchased 28 VT4 main battle tanks and its cabinet has approved the repurchase of 10 additional tanks from China, with the number of orders likely to continue growing.

VT4 MBT-3000 MBT variants:

No variants at this time.


Technical Data

Armament
The main armament of the VT4 / MBT-3000 consists of 125mm smoothbore gun fitted with a thermal sleeve and fume extractor. It is fed by an automatic loader which holds a total of 22 projectiles and charges which can be loaded at the rate of eight per minute. The MBT-3000 can carry a total of thirty eight rounds of main ammunition. Types of separate loading ammunition that can be fired by the 125 mm smoothbore gun include kinetic energy penetrator, high explosive squash head and high explosive anti-tank warhead. The Mounted coaxial to the right of the main armament is a 7.62 mm machine gun, while mounted on the commander's cupola is a remotely weapon station armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, for engaging ground and aerial targets. Mounted either rear side of the turret is a bank of six electrically operated smoke grenade launchers which fire forwards. In addition, the tank is equipped with a set of guided weapons, allowing use of a guided missile 9K119 Refleks with a range of up to 5 km. This missile is produced in China under license.
Design and protection
The overall layout of the VT4 / MBT-3000 is conventional with the driver's compartment at the front, fighting compartment in the centre and power pack at the rear. The MBT-3000 has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. The driver is seated in the centre and has a single-piece hatch cover that lifts and swings to the right and in front of this are three day periscopes, the centre one of which can be replaced by a passive periscope for driving at night. The commander is seated on the right and the gunner is seated on the left with both provided with single-piece roof hatches and vision devices. The turret is in the centre and is of all-welded steel armour construction to which a layer of composite armour has been added over the frontal arc. To increase the body side protection, the MBT-3000 can be fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA). Stowage baskets are mounted to the rear and each side of the turret.
Mobility
The VT4 / MBT-3000 is motorized with water-cooled turbocharged electronic-controlled diesel engine developing 1,300 hp. Suspension is of the torsion bar type with hydraulic shock absorbers and either side consists of six large dual rubber-tyred roadwheels with the drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers. To extend the operational range of the MBT-3000, two additional diesel fuel drums can be mounted externally at the rear. The 52-tonnes MBT-300 can run a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km. The MBT-3000 can ford a depth of 4 to 5 m with preparation and a trench of 2.7m. The tank can climb a gradient of 60% and a vertical obstacle of 1.2m maximum.
Accessories
The VT4 / MBT-3000 is equipped with a stabilised fire control including second-generation cooled thermal imager sights for the commander and gunner. The tank is also fitted with laser range finder. The tank commander position is fitted with a roof-mounted stabilized panoramic sight that allows a target to be acquired and then handed over to the gunner for engagement. Standard equipment of the MBT-3000 includes collective NBC protection system, IFF (Identification, friend or foe), GL5 active protection system, fire extinguisher feature, air-conditioning system and explosion suppression system. The active protection system is linked to laser threat warning with smoke shell launchers. The driver position is also equipped with a rear camera and monitor fitted for whilst driving in reverse.

Specifications

Armament Armor
One 125mm smoothbore gun, one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and one 12.7mm remotely weapon station Improved composite armour for hull nose and the front part of the turret. Reactive armour can be fitted to each side of the tank.
Country users Weight
Thailand, China 52,000 kg
Designer Country Speed
China 70 km/h
Accessories Range
Collective NBC protection system, IFF (Identification, friend or foe), GL5 active protection system, fire extinguisher feature, air-conditioning system and explosion suppression system. 500 km
Crew Dimensions
3 Lenght: 10.10 m; Width: 3.50 m; Height: 2.40 m

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