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VT5 Becoming Safer

VT5 Becoming Safer 9 August, 2019

The VT5, Republic of China's made-for-export light tank, is expected to be equipped with an active protection system which will enable the thin-armoured tank to expand its defence capability. An active protection system could detect incoming hostile projectiles before firing interception rockets to detonate them before they hit the tank.

The VT5, also named Type 15 or ZTQ-15 has a weight from 33 to 36 tons depending on the armour fitted to the tank. With this weight, the tank offers more mobility than a standard main battle tank offering the same level. This tank can be used in mountain areas and operate on terrains that are inaccessible to standard main battle tanks which a weight of around 50 tons like the ZTZ99.

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