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Zhuhai 2016: Norinco unveils VT5 light tank

4th November 2016 - 03:56 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Zhuhai

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China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) chose the occasion of the 11th Zhuhai Air Show in China to unveil its VT5, a new light main battle tank (MBT).

An example of the VT5 was on static display in a hall devoted to armoured vehicles, and its designation indicates Norinco has aimed it squarely at the export market.

The heritage of the VT5 is easily discerned since the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began fielding its own Norinco-designed ZTQ-series light tank in about 2014. It is estimated to weigh about 35t.

Such a tank in this weight class is ideal for operations in

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

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