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Chinese light tank now comes with active protection

8th August 2019 - 11:16 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Norinco’s VT5 light tank, a platform dedicated to the export market, is set to receive a hard-kill active protection system (APS). 

Such a system detects incoming projectiles and automatically launches countermeasures to disrupt or intercept them before they can strike the vehicle. 

The Global Times newspaper in China quoted a military expert as saying: ‘Compared to a heavy main battle tank, a light tank like the VT5 carries lighter armour, meaning weaker passive protection. Using an active protection system would be a great choice.’

Shephard reported in 2017 that Norinco was developing the GL5 APS, so this is presumed

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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