ZTQ-15 and PRC Light Tanks


by78

Brigadier
Galloping across a tundra grassland.


 

dawn_strike

New Member
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With a defense budget of over a trillion ¥, the PLA is not a budget fighting force at any level. The guy is wearing the new camo, mechanics gloves, and is swapping the engine of the most modern tank in the arsenal. We don't need to insinuate that the PLAGF can't afford his boots.

It's a really annoying phenomenon on this site, concocting wild stories and speculations out of the most trivial and meaningless details.
Given the scale of PLA, I would think it is... Especially when it comes to the ground force.
 

silentlurker

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With a defense budget of over a trillion ¥, the PLA is not a budget fighting force at any level. The guy is wearing the new camo, mechanics gloves, and is swapping the engine of the most modern tank in the arsenal. We don't need to insinuate that the PLAGF can't afford his boots.

It's a really annoying phenomenon on this site, concocting wild stories and speculations out of the most trivial and meaningless details.
Considering China still operates the Type 59, yeah the PLA is certainly very budget in some areas. Actually PLAGF is most poorly funded branch of the army...
 

plawolf

Brigadier
More images of powerpack swaps.





It’s worth noting just how flush the tank turret side is to the engine compartment edge. They even had to remove the side panels/spaced armour.

I think this is a key reason as to why the Type15 has so thin base side armour - any thicker and they will overhand the engine compartment and make it impossible to lift the engines out like that.

However, it should be noted that add-on armour could easily be bolted on should the need arise for additional side protection.
 

vanhappy

Just Hatched
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With a defense budget of over a trillion ¥, the PLA is not a budget fighting force at any level. The guy is wearing the new camo, mechanics gloves, and is swapping the engine of the most modern tank in the arsenal. We don't need to insinuate that the PLAGF can't afford his boots.

It's a really annoying phenomenon on this site, concocting wild stories and speculations out of the most trivial and meaningless details.

Those sneakers you saw are standard 作训鞋 (training shoes). They are cheap and used everywhere. The PLA of course, can afford new boots, but these kinds of 作训鞋 will be used for a long time.
 

vesicles

Colonel
I'm not feeling the sneakers. That looks a little too Syrian army.

Well, the front part of his “sneakers” looks very smooth. Doesn’t look fabric. Maybe some kind of steel toe boots? They are handling some heavy machinery. Better have steel toe boots to protect them...
 

vanhappy

Just Hatched
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Well, the front part of his “sneakers” looks very smooth. Doesn’t look fabric. Maybe some kind of steel toe boots? They are handling some heavy machinery. Better have steel toe boots to protect them...

You are right. These "sneakers" have no steel cap.

In a normal situation, they should wear proper PPE. However, on the battlefield, not necessarily.
 

KIENCHIN

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Well, the front part of his “sneakers” looks very smooth. Doesn’t look fabric. Maybe some kind of steel toe boots? They are handling some heavy machinery. Better have steel toe boots to protect them...
Could possibly be a composite instead of steel toe, I wear a pair of safety boots with composite caps that equals the crush rating of steel and at first look they look like normal boots but a whole lot lighter. There are available ones that do look like normal shoes.
 

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