Sunday, May 10, 2009
A sad end of a Type 59 in Pakistan.
TV captures of a knock-out Al Zarrar MBT (updated Norinco Type 59) during the recent fighting in Pakistan’s Swat valley.
Apparently, Pakistan Army did not take the lessons learned by the US army in Iraq and Sri Lankan Army’s operation against Tarmil Tigers by protecting its AFV with an anti-RPG layer of metal-frame such as US Army’s Strykers’s "slat armor" implementation. Metal-frame provides some protections against HEAT projectiles as these would detonate away from the main body.
Since most of Pakistan army’s equipments have Chinese origins, it will be interesting to see how well they perform in combat.
Strykers with Metal-frame gearing as extras for the next Mad-max movie.
British Bull dog with its more professional looking and less Mad-max looking Metal-frame
Sri Lanka Army's Norinco Type89 APC with its "K-mart" Metal-frame
Posted by Coatepeque at 9:43 PM