Main Battle Tank 3000
|Main Battle Tank 3000|
Scale model of MBT3000
|Type||Main battle tank|
|Place of origin||China|
|Designer||Norinco, Joel Hodgeson, Tom Servo|
|Crew||3 (commander, driver, gunner)|
|125 mm (4.9 in) smoothbore|
|1 x RWS 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)
|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. Pakistan plans to license and manufacture MBT 3000 as Al-Hyder tank.
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. 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. In addition, the main gun can fire anti-tank missiles with a maximum range of 5,000 m (5,500 yd). 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.
The MBT3000 has a water-cooled turbocharged electronic-controlled diesel engine with 1,300 hp (969 kW). The MBT3000 has a cruise speed of 68 km/h (42 mph) and has an operational range of 500 km (310 mi). The tank uses digital technology with an inertial navigation system and BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. The tanks ford depth is 4.5 m (4.9 yd) and it has a trench of 2.7 m (3.0 yd).
The tank has a fire extinguisher feature and explosion suppression system. The gradient is at maximum sixty-percent. It is also installed with a new active protection system designated the GL5.
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