Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Norinco MBT-3000 Main Battle Tank

MBT-3000 Main Battle Tank
Norinco - China
Norinco newest production of Main Battle Tank (MBT) incorporating latest technologies.
Specially designed to meet the challenges of information-technology centric warfare.
Its overall performance and combat capabilities are neck in neck with the world's most advanced main battle tank.

  • Featuring an all-electric gun control system.
  • One 125 mm gun capable of firing APFSDS, HEAT, HE shells and gun-launched missiles, with a maximum missile range reaching as far as 5000 m.
  • A hunter-killer fire control system, plus image stabilized sights for the gunner and the commander.
  • One anti-aircraft machine gun remotely controlled by the commander.
  • An active protection system that links laser threat warning with smoke shell launching.
  • Improved composite armour for hull nose and the front part of the turret.
  • A new fire extinguishing and explosion suppression system.
  • Original 1300 hp water-cooled turbocharged electronically controlled diesel engine made in China.
  • Ch1000B integrated hydro-mechanical transmission system.
  • Rigid non-metallic composite side skirts on which reactive armour can be fitted to enhance the body side protection capability.
  • A fully digitalized tank.
  • Inertial navigation and GPS.
  • An excellent air-conditioning system, plus a pressurized collective defensive system against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.


Crew: 3
Combat weight: 52 t
Power-to-weight ratio: 25.0 hp/t
Length (gun forward): 10.10 m
Width (with skirts): 3.50 m
Height (top of turret): 2.40 m
Maximum road speed: 67 km/h
Average cross-country speed: 35 to 40 km/h
Cruising range: 500 km
Maximum gradient: 60%
Trench: 2.70 m
Vertical obstacle: 1.20 m
Fording depth (with preparation): 4 to 5 m
Engine: water-cooled turbocharged electronic controlled, diesel engine with 1300 hp
Transmission: Ch1000B integrated transmission system
Armamnet (main): 125 mm smoothbore gun
Armament (anti-aircraft MG): 1x 12.7 mm MG
Armament (Coaxial): 1x 7.62 mm MG
Armament (grenade launchers): smoke 8x 76 mm
Fire control system: hunter-killer stabilized fire control system, gunner sight integrates aiming with guiding, image stabilized panoramic sight for the commander.
Ammunition (main gun): 38 rds
Automatic loader: 22 rds on loader, loading spedd of 8 rds/min
NBC protection: collective
Night vision system: un-cooled thermal image for driver, 2nd generation cooled thermal imager for gunner and commander 

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