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Cabinet approves army’s procurement of ten Chinese tanks

The cabinet on Tuesday endorsed the army's procurement of the second batch of 10 VT-4 main battle tanks from China at an estimated cost of two billion baht.

Earlier, the army signed a contract to procure a total of 28 VT-4 Tanks from China to replace the vintage Second World War American-made M41 tanks.

The Chinese-made tanks are to be based at the 4th cavalry battalion of the Royal Guards, the 9th cavalry battalion of the Royal Guards and the 8th cavalry battalion of the Royal Guards.

VT-4 tanks, also known as MBT3000, is a third-generation main battle tanks manufactured by Norinco for overseas export. The VT-4 uses technology form the Type 99A currently fielded by the People's Liberation Army.

The VT-4 has a 125mm smoothbore cannon capable for firing HESH, HEAT, APFSDS, HE rounds and guided missles. There is also a remote weapon station on the turret armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. The fire control system has hunter-killer capabilities, laser rangfinder, panoramic sight and a third generation imaging system.

The tank appers to have composite and explosive reactive armor.

Besides China, Thailand is the only current operator of the tank.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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