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    New Details Emerge About China’s New Cutting-Edge Tank

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    Rumors of a new Chinese light tank first surfaced in 2011 and now new details have emerged, including adjustable armor and a 105-mm gun.

    The People’s Liberation Army developed its first tank in 1962. The Type 62/WZ-131 was designed to successfully navigate the low-capacity bridges and rugged terrain of southern China.

    Continuing that tradition, Beijing is developing its latest light tank, and Chinese web portal Sina released details last month.

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    The website confirms earlier reports that the vehicle weighs roughly 35 tons and is equipped with a 105-mm gun.

    While the website claims that the vehicle requires a crew of four, it’s cannon features an autoloader, which would eliminate the need for one crewmember.

    The gun appears to have sights and optics based on the T-99A2, the Chinese army’s third generation main battle tank. It could also come with shell-tracking radar.

    Cannon rounds could be capable of penetrating 500-mm armor, and the tank could fire gun-launched missiles.

    The turret comes with detachable armor and is equipped with smoke grenade launchers and laser detectors.

    As for the tank’s chassis, Sina reports that the vehicle features a liquid-gas suspension. This allows the tank to "crouch" in order to more effectively conceal itself. The suspension also stabilizes the vehicle during targeting, allowing for improved accuracy.

    Beijing has demonstrated a wide range of military hardware units over the last year. During a military parade in September, Beijing demonstrated a large number of cruise and ballistic missiles.

    Also in September, Aviation Industry Corp of China confirmed it had begun developing a fourth-generation attack helicopter with "stealth capability," set to enter into service by 2020.

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    • michael
      I wonder what the speed is like?
    • cast235
      Another Russian COPYCAT. they sneaky , and Russia MUST use surveillance and keep China from stealing Russian secrets.
      That tank looks like Russia's airborne tanks.
    • A = π r 2in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, yes the volgograd 2S25. This is capable of 70km/h top speed
    • Mitach2002
      Sweet. This will just have the criminal American government beside itself in rage. Lol.
    • siberianhuskyin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235,

      It doesn't what both China and Russia do when it come to push they are brother in arms. Anybody who thinks different doesn't faces reality and also include Iran in that trio. It is what they need to do to keep America and NATO at bay. NATO or America will never be in a position to face 2 enemies like China and Russia at the same time. And Iran will be the spoiler in the Middle East.
    • arnelmadrinan
      russia let them copy it because they are partner , they are friends
    • Huh?in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael,
      If we consider a possible joint forces venture between Russia and China in a combat situation, their combined tank firepower is impressive. Across the formats are the T-99A2, I-99, T-14 Armata, T-95, T-90, T-80U. The combined tanks of NATO are also an impressive list. Just a few would be the M1 Abrams, Leopard2 A7+, Challenger 2. The US has an unmanned platform called the RIPSAW UGV (possible production), with a speed of 95 mph or 153 kph.
      Bottom line is...unless a bunch of little boys are playing with their toys in the backyard, these armament platforms will never see real use since the current climate predominately involves air or sea power.
    • michaelin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
      Huh?, thanks for that summary. I agree re the use of air and sea currently. It certainly would make it easier for the home front as well. Loss of an aircraft as we have seen and of one advisor is a tragedy for the families and friends, but a land based battle is another thing with casualties. :(
      My original question was more considering the potential use for such a light tank - Taiwan maybe?
    • Huh?in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael,
      The Cadillac Gage Stingray Light Tank (1988), built and developed in the US, found only one global customer - this being the military of Thailand.
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