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, Joel Hodgeson, Tom Servo
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]


Potential operators[edit]

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