Type 15 tank

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Type 15
TypeLightweight main battle tank
Place of originChina
Service history
In service2015-present[citation needed]
Used bySee Operators
Production history
Producedc. 2010-present[citation needed]
No. builtClassified.
Mass33 tonnes (standard), 36 tonnes (With armor package)[1]
Length9.2 metres (30 ft)[1]
Width3.3 metres (11 ft)[1]
Height2.5 metres (8.2 ft)[1]

ArmorStandard steel armour protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters.
Additional armor package with advanced composite armor and/or explosive reactive armor.
105mm rifled gun
Remotely operated weapon station armed with coaxial 12.7mm machine gun and QLZ-04 automatic grenade launcher
EngineElectronically controlled diesel engine with fully-automatic transmission
1,000 hp (746 kW)[1]
Power/weight30.30 hp/tonne
SuspensionHydropneumatic suspension[1]
450 kilometres (280 mi)–800 kilometres (500 mi)[1]
Speed70 kilometres per hour (43 mph)

The Type 15 (Chinese: 15式; pinyin: Shíwǔ shì) or ZTQ-15 is a Chinese third generation lightweight main battle tank (MBT). The vehicle was a replacement for the antiqued Type 62 light tank introduced in 1963. Type 15 tank is designed to fulfill the requirement from Chinese army for a lighter, mobile modern tank that can effectively operate in China's plateaus, forests, and water-heavy regions in which heavier Type 99 tanks have difficulties traversing.[1]


Sightings of Type 15 were reported by Chinese citizens, but its existence was formally confirmed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense in December 2018. The tank is confirmed in service as of 2018[2][3][1] and was showcased in the 70th National Day parade on Oct 1st 2019.



Type 15's rifled gun with new 105 mm ammunition, which is superior to the 105mm tank gun (Type 94) fitted on Type 88 tank and Type 59 tank. When launching 105 mm armor-piercing projectiles, Type 15 is capable to effectively penetrates the active main battle tanks equipped by various countries and regions in southern and southwestern China.[4]


The tank is equipped with NRBC protection, air conditioning system, command-and control equipment, a tactical command system and a navigation system that includes INS (Inertial Navigation System) and satellite communications.[5]


This new tank can be airlifted by military cargo aircraft as well as be paradropped.[5]


Type 15
Designation for military version.
A footage of VT5 tank taken in 2018.
Export version.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Type 15 VT5 ZTQ-15 light weight main battle tank".
  2. ^ "Introducing China's New Type 15 Tank. Here's What You Need To Know".
  3. ^ "China's new light tank for mountainous areas goes into service".
  4. ^ "ZTQ-15 / Type 15 30-ton-class light tank".
  5. ^ a b "New Chinese Light Tank".