29 Oktober 2016

Thailand has Ordered 28 VT4 Chinese Tank, the First Deliveries are Expected in September

29 Oktober 2016

VT4 MBT front view (photo : tanknutdave)

The article «More Details of VT4 MBT in Thailand», published in the September issue of the journal «Kanwa Asian Defence», reported with reference to the publication source in the defense industry of Thailand, Thailand and China in April 2016 signed a contract for the purchase of the party tanks VT4 production by NORINCO Group. The first batch will consist of 28 tanks, the first delivery was scheduled for September 2016. The price of one tank was $ 5.3 million (against 4.8 million for the Ukrainian MBT "Oplot-T").

Earlier, the Thai army has purchased 49 BM Ukrainian tanks, "Oplot-T", but only 10 tanks were received within three years from the manufacturer, which was caused by the fighting in the east of Ukraine, which affected the manufacturer. The publication became known that the batteries for the "Oplot" made in Lugansk, and their manufacturing plant was damaged in the fighting. In addition, the financial position of the engine manufacturer 6TD-2 is also not brilliant. These "bulwark" factors could affect the delivery schedule.

According to the publication, a source from the company "Ukrspetsexport", all the difficulties with supplies were temporary and were gradually overcome, especially associated with the assembly of the tanks on the SE "Malyshev Plant. " Therefore, Ukraine continues to fight for the Pakistani order against VT4. NORINCO, in turn, plans to hold a series of tests VT4 in Pakistan, in the desert, and dusty.

VT4 MBT rear view (photo : Army Recognition)

Thai authorities openly declared the cancellation of the contract with Ukraine. However, Kanwa opinion, the first batch of 28 tanks VT4 will serve as the replacement tank, not supplied by the Ukrainian side. Therefore, part of the funds originally intended for the "bulwark", could be redistributed in favor of Chinese tanks. As long as the practice of exploiting VT4 in Pakistan show their bad characteristics or face the problems of delivery, "Oplot" prospects in Thailand did not look very optimistic.

According to the source, the first 28 VT4 will be used for pilot operation, if it proves successful, it will be followed by the purchase of the second batch. In addition, according to the source, Thailand wants to get technology VT4 and start their production in Thailand, but the list of interested technology was not called. It is possible that can be transferred to production technology and 125-mm tank ammunition. It remains unclear whether or not produced in Thailand and tracks for these tanks. Their release for the Thai company Chaiseri carries MVT2000. MVT2000 stand on the armies of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Morocco. The company also switched to Chinese shoe armored vehicles, are operated in the Thai army.

Kanwa it became known that on VT4 will be installed engine capacity 1300-1500 hp .. and number of tank technology used in the Chinese tank type of 99G. The tank 99G type installed diesel power of 1500 hp, and on VT4 power is likely to be reduced to 1300 hp.

(BMPD)

14 komentar:

  1. isnt this the tank that lost a wheel in tank biathlon?

    BalasHapus
    Balasan
    1. nope. that's the type 96A if im not mistaken. the vt4 is for export only.

      Hapus
    2. but amazingly enough, the tank move like normal.go watch the full video

      Hapus
    3. export, mongkey model? i hope not. even if this is diferent model i doubt this is going to be a good tank. how they can perform in the battle if they losing a wheel in a game?

      Hapus
    4. the point is, the tank can still move even when it has lost a wheel. furthermore, i dont know what the actual perfomance of the tank is but we cant simply say its unreliable just because they lost a wheel in a game.

      Hapus
    5. Yes the wheel tank got knock out under extreme pressure. But the tank still move like nothing is missing. The point is that in an event of war, if a piece or more wheels destroy or knock out, the tank can still perform like normal. Im not defending or patronizing chinese product. I myself doubt about the quality of thing that is made in China. I just stating the fact.

      Hapus
    6. Im just trying to imply broken window theory. What i mean is, right now its just a wheel, whats next? A turret? Autoloader? Comander sight? Cant they just buy a russian tank? Its not as cheap as the chinese, but T90 have prove to be a very good tank. It probably have same quality if not better than the oplot.

      Hapus
    7. agreed but i just cant possibly imagine thailand buying russian stuff. nothing impossible though. this procurement is obviously more of a political buy to be honest. thailand is becoming china buddy.

      Hapus
  2. Komentar ini telah dihapus oleh pengarang.

    BalasHapus
  3. more and more ASEAN buying from China. Indonesia buy its missile, radar and electronics sensor. Malaysia buying multiple corvette. Thailand buying the most (submarine, radar, tanks, frigates, artillery, rocket launcher, etc). Philippine might follow suit as their President prefer China over its former colonial master.

    BalasHapus
  4. Is it s good stuff?
    Comparing to Oplot or Leopard?

    BalasHapus
    Balasan
    1. personally i would say that oplot and leopard are better. however, if we see it at a different view such as delivery time and price. the vt4 is a better option for countries like thailand that need new generation tanks in a short time and at a good price. just my personal opinion.

      Hapus
    2. Idk about Oplot but Leopard 2 is 100% superior than VT4. Leopard 2 is one of if not the best MBT in the entire world, especially Leopard 2A4 and above. There is a reason countries with tons of cash like Singapore and some EU countries are buying Leopard 2s and upgrading them.

      Hapus