Chinese tanks MBT-2000, also known as VT1A, not so long ago appeared in Myanmar. Last year, Bangladesh had acquired 44 tank MBT-2000, and three recovery vehicles at a cost of $ 5 million each. MBT-2000 is one of the major upgrades to both states.
At the current time in service Bangladesh is about 500 languid tanks, about 60 percent of them are Chinese Type 59 tanks (a copy of Russian T-54), other Type 69 (a copy of Russian T-55). Both tanks are a technology of the 1950s, with some updates. Myanmar has about 1,100 tanks, but they are, as in the adjoining Bangladesh, are in the main an old Chinese model.
MBT 2000 is an export version of himself Chinese tank Type 98/99, although they are also similar to the type 90/Al Khalid (Type 90 variant developed by China and Pakistan for the Pakistani army). Tanks Type 98/99/90/MBT-2000 are variations of "improved T-72." In fact it was introduced a lot of improvements, although many of them are similar to what you can meet on a Russian tanks T-80UM2. The quality of the production of these tanks a little better than the T-80UM2, but the Chinese do not possess such a rich experience in the production of tanks. It showed themselves in numerous technical failures. The basic design of the T-72 has been around for over 30 years and has established themselves as reliable, although not particularly effective on the battlefield. It came out in the main due to poorly prepared crews. In this connection, the Chinese fled to the voluntary principle of the formation of crews and more than the intensity of the training system, which in turn makes at least some tank more effective. MBT 2000 consists of a 49-ton and tank with a gun, 125 mm and 3 crew members (due to the charging machine).
China has long been supplying gun in Muslim Bangladesh, in part to annoy India. Bangladesh and India are often tense affairs, usually because of illegal migrants from Bangladesh crossing the poorly guarded border with India and creating communities in remote border areas. Bangladesh is a very poor state, and without a cheap loans from China and implements its armed forces could be even less combat-ready. Myanmar has become a major economic partner of China, supplying oil and hydroelectric energy, and other raw materials.