Two weeks ago, Norinco displayed its new MBT-3000 at the Eurosatory defence exhibition in Paris for the first time aiming for export orders. This glorified VT2/MBT-2000gai monster has a combat weight of 52 tons, powered by a Chinese turbocharged, water cooled diesel capable of reaching top speed of 67 km per hour. VT2/MBT-2000gai MBT, by comparison, weights only at 42.8 ton with a top speed of 57 km per hour. In some ways, the Norinco’s export MBT program roadmap is mirrored to what the China Army is adoption – a high-low mix, high being the heavier, better equipped Type99 and low being the lighter Type96.
The lighter VT2 was on display at the 13Th Defence Services Asia expo in Kuala Lumpur back in April 2012 but the MBT3000 was not. It could be that the VT2 is a better tailored for the Southeast Asia terrain then the 52 ton MBT3000.
VT2/MBT200gai (notice the improved armor over the VT1A)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Myanmar Army getting MBT2000 / VT1A?Recently, the Myanmar Army posted a video of what appears to be a Norinco MBT2000 / VT1A under trial. If they indeed procured the MBT2000, they might face-off with Bangladesh army's MTB2000 in the future. Should be interesting to see.
The long rumored deal is now finalized. Thanks to Bangladesh Military Forces Forum for the alert.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Army to get 44 tanks
2 helicopters also on purchase list
Hasan Jahid Tusher