ZTQ-? Light Tank

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  1. jobjed
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    "15" is confirmed for this tank. "ZTQ" yet to be confirmed.

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    Note placard in the corner.
     
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    China: Type 15 light tank scale model unveiled in Beijing

    China has recently unveiled its new 30-ton-class light tank, the Type 15, with experts saying it can outperform other Chinese tanks in combat operations in plateau areas like Tibet, while also holding advantages in island landing missions.

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    Possibly China's new T-15 light tank when spotted first, a few months ago, in an undisclosed location (Picture source: Reddit)

    As reported by Liu Xuanzun on Global Times, two scaled models for the Type 15 were displayed at the National Museum of China as part of a grand exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up in Beijing. Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told that "the Type 15 is equipped with a 105-millimeter main gun capable of firing armor-piercing rounds and gun-launched missiles, making its firepower not much inferior to a heavier main battle tank." Compared with the Type 99 and Type 96, two main battle tanks in service of the People's Liberation Army, the Type 15 is significantly lighter, weighing about 32-35 tons, Wei said, noting that its engine can provide 1,000 horsepower driving force.

    The tank appears adapted to China's southern area, given its mountainous terrain there. The Type 15 can also be quickly deployed in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Although the Type 15 was spotted several times by Chinese citizens in the past, this is the first time that China officially introduced its latest light tank. In July, a tank suspected to be a Type 15, which was painted with naval camouflage was photographed in China at an unknown location. The photo sparked discussions among military observers, with some saying that China could deploy the tank when there is a need to seize an island. After gaining ground on the shore, a tank like Type 15 can work better than an amphibious tank when charging into deeper areas due to its higher mobility, Wei noted.

    Boasting a similar 105-millimeter main gun, the 30-ton-class VT-5 made by China North Industries Group Corporation is a made-for-export light tank.

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    Amazing how the pic ended up on reddit LOL, but do note that it is an old picture from July. But I also did not expect to see it PLANMC colours... Nevertheless quite interesting and I will definitely be watching it.
     
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    A profile view. I think there's a decal (in black) on the side of the turret.

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    Yes it does look like a Leopard... Even for light tanks, the PLA still requires it to carry external fuel tanks for self-sufficieny yes?
     
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    Just saw this:

    Type-15 MBTs showing up in a brigade-level exercise in the Southern Theatre.

    Link: https://m.guancha.cn/military-affairs/2018_12_18_483660.shtml?s=fwrphbios

    I'm not sure of the quality of the analysis in the piece. Guancha.cn (观察者网) most likely put it together by themselves while referencing the video posted by state media China Youth Online depicting the exercise, which is reportedly hosted by the 75th GA.
     
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    Is it known if the Type 15 uses hydropneumatic suspension?
     
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    Type15 using RWS
     
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    Type 15 tanks
    15式戦車

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    All images are high-resolution.

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