Pakistan VT-4 tanks
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Pakistan Army inducts first batch of China made VT-4 battle tanks


Produced by Chinese state-owned armoured vehicle manufacturer, Norinco, the delivery of VT-4 tanks from the manufacturer began in April last year. Pakistan is the third country to have bought these tanks from China after Thailand and Nigeria.

The Pakistan Army has formally inducted the first batch of the China-made VT-4 battle tanks into its armoury.

Produced by Chinese state-owned armoured vehicle manufacturer, Norinco, the delivery of VT-4 tanks from the manufacturer began in April last year. Pakistan is the third country to have bought these tanks from China after Thailand and Nigeria.

The Army’s media affairs wing in a statement said that Commander Mangla Corps, Lieutenant General Shaheen Mehmood, on Wednesday visited the Armoured Division and inspected the first batch of VT-4 tanks.

Major General Rashid Mahmood briefed the commander about ongoing post shipment inspections of the first batch of tanks, the statement said.

General Mehmood also witnessed the mobility and manoeuvrability test of the tanks.

Earlier, the Army after its on field tests in September last year had said the tanks would be employed in an offensive role by strike formations after induction. “The VT-4 is compatible with any modern tank in the world integrating advanced armour protection, manoeuvrability, fire power capabilities and state-of-the-art technology,” the Army had said.

Pakistan has been buying various weapons from China which has become its reliable partner in the defence field.

The VT4 (formerly MBT-3000) main battle tank (MBT) is a third-generation MBT designed and developed by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco).

Intended primarily for export markets, the VT4 tank integrates advanced armour and fire control capabilities and offers increased firepower and protection to combat forces in the battlefield.

Armament Armor
One 125mm smoothbore gun, one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and one 12.7mm remotely weapon station Improved composite armor for hull nose and the front part of the turret. Reactive armor can be fitted to each side of the tank.
Country users Weight
China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand 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 Length: 10.10 m; Width: 3.50 m; Height: 2.40 m

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