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NORINCO goes in details of VT5 lightweight MBT

NORINCO goes in details of VT5 lightweight MBT 2 November, 2016

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) unveiled  its VT5 lightweight main battle tank (MBT) at China Airshow 2016.

The MBT has been designed for the export market and has a combat weight of between 33 and 36 tonnes. It is powered by a 1,000 hp diesel engine.

The baseline hull and turret is all-welded steel armour to which a modular protection package can be fitted depending on the end user's operational requirements.

The VT5 has a conventional structure where the driver is situated at the front, turret in the middle, and compact power pack at the rear.

The gunner and the commander are provided with stabilised day/thermal sights incorporating a laser rangefinder, and individual roof hatches. The commander has a panoramic sight which allows hunter/killer target engagements to take.

According to NORINCO, the computerised fire-control system (FCS) enables stationary and moving targets to be engaged out to a range of at least 3,000 m. The main armament comprises a 105 mm riffled gun which is fitted with a thermal sleeve and fume extractor. This is fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader with the empty cartridge cases being ejected outside the turret bustle at the rear.

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