Pakistan Army testing Chinese ‘Norinco’ Main Battle Tank

MBT-3000 (dubbed VT4 for export) is the latest technology of main battle tank especially designed to meet the challenge of high-tech warfare.

Images have emerged on Chinese social media suggesting that the Pakistan Army (PA) is testing the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VT4 main battle tank (MBT). Published on 6 January the photographs show PA personnel inspecting a VT4 platform at an undisclosed location.

Chinese-made VT4 main battle tank in Pakistan for trial tests (Picture source Twitter account Pakistan Defense Command )

According a tweet released on the twitter account of the Pakistan Defense Command, January 7, the Chinese-made VT4 main battle tank (MBT) has arrived in Pakistan for trial tests by the Pakistani Army’s Armored Corps. In 2017, Pakistan showed interest to purchase new main battle tank. The Pakistan Army intends to procure hundreds of new MBTs in the coming years.

The VT4 (export version) is a third-generation MBT offered for export by Norinco. It is an improvement over the Al-Khalid MBT (also known as MBT-3000), which is currently in service with the PA, although it retains the 125 mm main gun, carousel auto-loader, and crew configuration of the older vehicle.

Among the key differentiating features are the thermal-imaging capabilities and panoramic sights of the VT4, which enhance the vehicle’s ability to operate at night or in poorly lit environments.

Pakistan could be the second foreign customer of the Chinese MBT VT4 after Thailand who agreed on the purchase of 29 VT in 2016 and the first tanks were delivered in October 2017.

According NORINCO, the MBT-3000 (dubbed VT4 for export) is the latest technology of main battle tank especially designed to meet the challenge of high-tech warfare. Its overall performance and combat capability are among the most advanced main battle tanks in the world.

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