Chinese company North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) hopes for 2 years to finish the development and creation of a new main battle tank MBT-3000 (development started in 2012), reports the Chinese portal forum china-defense.com.
This is one of the few if not the only company that is engaged in the development of China’s main battle tanks. New tank with combat weight 51 tons must reach a speed of 42 miles per hour (75 km / h), supplies, travel 500 km, overcome with the help of special equipment water obstacles depth of 4-5 m, width 2.7 m surmounted trench
Fighting vehicle armed with 125 mm smoothbore gun, which, not counting the shells can shoot missiles at a range of 5000 m, and 12.7 mm and 7,62 mm antiaircraft guns integrated. There are also eight 76mm smoke grenade and four 76 mm «shrapnel» grenade. Resettled tank thermal sight of the second generation.
The power plant consists of a tank of diesel engine with turbocharging and electrically operated power of 1300 hp (Specific power of 25.5 hp / t). The fire control system fully «digitized», there is a satellite navigation station GPS. Tank resettled latest sprinkler system.
Commentators believe that the new tank is a continuation of MBT MBT-2000Gai and noticably different from him, the main innovation can improve the system of fire control and the addition of GPS (on the photo below the first layout of the tank).