Main Battle Tank 3000

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Main Battle Tank 3000
Main Battle Tank 3000.jpg
Scale model of MBT3000
Type Main battle tank
Place of origin China
Production history
Designer Norinco
Manufacturer Norinco
Produced 2014- present
Weight 52 t[1]
Length 10.10 m[1]
Width 3.40 m[1]
Height 2.30 m[1]
Crew 3 (commander, driver, gunner)

Armor Classified
125 mm (4.9 in) smoothbore
1 x RWS[2] 12.7 mm (0.50 in) AA MG
1 × 7.62 mm (0.300 in) coaxial MG
Engine Turbocharged diesel engine
1,300 hp (969 kW)
Power/weight 25 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
500 km (310 mi)
Speed 68 km/h (42 mph)

The Main Battle Tank 3000 (MBT3000), also known as VT4 is a third generation main battle tank currently under development by Norinco.[3] Pakistan plans to license and manufacture MBT 3000 as Al-Hyder tank.[4][5]




The tank gun is a 125 mm (4.9 in) smoothbore, which can fire various shells including: kinetic energy penetrator, high explosive squash head and high explosive anti-tank warhead.[3] In an interview with the tank's designer, it is claimed that the gun can fire a new APFSDS round that can penetrate 1000 mm of rolled homogeneous armor, presumably at a range of 2000 meters.[6] In addition, the main gun can fire anti-tank missiles with a maximum range of 5,000 m (5,500 yd).[3] The MBT3000 can carry 38 rounds of main ammunition with a maximum loading speed of 8 rounds per minute with 22 rounds on the autoloader.[3]


The MBT3000 has a remotely operated[2] 12.7 mm (0.50 in) anti-aircraft machine gun and a 7.62 mm (0.300 in) coaxial machine gun.[3]

Fire-control system[edit]

The tank's fire-control system includes a digital imaging system that consists of a second generation cooled thermographic imager for the gunner and the tank commander.[3]


The MBT3000 has a water-cooled turbocharged electronic-controlled diesel engine with 1,300 hp (969 kW).[3] The MBT3000 has a cruise speed of 68 km/h (42 mph) and has an operational range of 500 km (310 mi).[3] The tank uses digital technology with an inertial navigation system and BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.[3] The tanks ford depth is 4.5 m (4.9 yd) and it has a trench of 2.7 m (3.0 yd).[3]


The tank has a fire extinguisher feature and explosion suppression system.[3] The gradient is at maximum sixty-percent.[3] It is also installed with a new active protection system designated the GL5.[2]


The MBT3000 countermeasures include eight 76 mm (3.0 in) smoke grenade launchers and four 76 mm (3.0 in) shrapnel grenade launchers.[3]


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