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Main Battle Tank 3000
Scale model of MBT3000
Type Main battle tank
Place of origin  China
Service history
Used by People's Liberation Army
Production history
Designer Norinco
Manufacturer Norinco
Produced Under development
Weight 52 t[1]
Length 10.10 m[1]
Width 3.50 m[1]
Height 2.40 m[1]
Crew 3 (commander, driver, gunner)

125 mm (4.9 in) smoothbore
1 × 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)
Power/weight 25 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
500 km (310 mi)
Speed 68 km/h (42 mph)

The Main Battle Tank 3000 (MBT3000) is a third generation main battle tank currently under development by Norinco with an expected delivery for China's People's Liberation Army in 2014.[2]

Design[edit | edit source]

Armament[edit | edit source]

Primary[edit | edit source]

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.[2] In addition, the main gun can fire anti-tank missiles with a maximum range of 5,000 m (5,500 yd).[2] The MBT3000 can carry thirty eight rounds of main ammunition with a maximum loading speed of eight rounds per minute with twenty two rounds on the autoloader.[2]

Secondary[edit | edit source]

The MBT3000 has a 12.7 mm (0.50 in) anti-aircraft machine gun and a 7.62 mm (0.300 in) coaxial machine gun.[2]

Fire-control system[edit | edit source]

The tank's fire-control system includes a digital imaging system that consists of a second generation cooled thermographic imager for the gunner and the tank commander.[2]

Mobility[edit | edit source]

The MBT3000 has a water-cooled turbocharger electronic-controlled diesel engine with 1,300 hp (969 kW).[2] The MBT3000 has a cruise speed of 68 km/h (42 mph) and has an operational range of 500 km (310 mi).[2] The tank uses digital technology with an inertial navigation system and Global Positioning System.[2] The tanks ford depth is 4.5 m (4.9 yd) and it has a trench of 2.7 m (3.0 yd).[2] The tank driver has a first generation uncooled thermographic imager.[2]

Protection[edit | edit source]

The tank has a fire extinguisher feature and explosion suppression system.[2] The gradient is at maximum sixty-percent.[2]

Countermeasures[edit | edit source]

The MBT3000 countermeasures include eight 76 mm (3.0 in) smoke grenade launchers and four 76 mm (3.0 in) shrapnel grenade launchers.[2]

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