China flaunts its new lightweight battle tank designed to safeguard Tibet during a live-fire drill
Dramatic footage of China's latest lightweight battle tank participating a live-fire drill has emerged.
The Type 15 tank is reported to be a new secret weapon for China's People's Liberation Army and was designed to safeguard the country's high-altitude and mountainous regions, such as Tibet.
The armoured fighting vehicle has been put into service, according a spokesperson from China's Ministry of National Defense during a press briefing last Thursday.
The Type 15 lightweight tank is armed with a latest 105mm tank gun, reported Sohu.com.
When paired with the 105mm ammunition developed by the Chinese military, the tank could destroy any weapons owned by China's neighbouring countries in the south and south-west, the Sohu report said.
The Type 15 tank reportedly weighs between 32 tonnes and 35 tonnes.
It is equipped with FY-4 or FY-X, two types of re-active armour which allows it to withstand the attacks of any anti-tank missiles owned by India and Vietnam, said Sohu.com.
The article also said the tank would be equipped with the latest tank power system which has 1,000 horsepower.
Information of the tank was first released in 2012, but it wasn't until last month did the Chinese military authority introduced its official name as they displayed its models during an exhibition in Beijing.
The video of the tank firing was released by a social media account affiliated to China's state broadcast CCTV on December 19.
The Chinese media have billed Type 15 as a landmark weapon for the country's army and another significant tank after the Type 99A, China's most powerful battle tank.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46783.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
rambler241, High Wycombe, 3 hours ago
Those abominable snowmen better watch out! So China is "flaunting" a top secret tank, one that no-one in the West has seen? Not my idea of "flaunting", but then, this IS the Maily Dail.
wombatwal, melbourne, Australia, 4 hours ago
Which western design did they steal this time
capejc, Cape Town, South Africa, 43 minutes ago
Most western MBT designs are over 25 years old why would they need to copy anything?
John Thangaraj, Madurai, India, 4 hours ago
China and India stood eyeball to eyeball on the Himalayas ready for war only a few months ago. China has this policy to keep expanding its territory little by little on land and sea. China very well knows this tactic does not work against India and Vietnam. The west lives in mortal fear of China but as India clearly showed on the Himalayas, once China is shown power and determination it promptly withdraws.
Directanddirect, Mumbai, India, 4 hours ago
I believe it breaks down a lot.
Scotty Mac, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 7 hours ago
The crazies season has begun. Nothing else to write about globally so they dust off all this nonsense that is not news to people in China. All this has been on Chinese public TV including the Army TV channel for many months. Such pathetic writing.
John Marshall, Galway, Ireland, 8 hours ago
Building on the gains they made while obozo was throwing a basketball around - now President Trump has to clean up the mess.
Wise Old Elf, Uk, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Yes, corrugated cardboard is quite light.....
cahser11, Dallas, United States, 12 hours ago
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Galahad, The Meadows, United States, 13 hours ago
And now for response from India.
Galahad, The Meadows, United States, 6 hours ago
Scotty Mac: "Tibet has nothing to do with India"? You literally don't know what you're talking about. Try reading about the Sino-Indian Border War that that China and India fought over conflicting claims as to where the border was. Since the conflicting claims still exist, strained relations between the nations over the Tibetan frontier have continued ever since. To help maintain its claims India has been mobilizing a new 90,000 man mountain strike corps (the XVIIth Corps) specifically for fighting along the Tibetan border, as a counterbalance to China's troops and bases there. Next time, try to know what you're talking about before you claim someone else doesn't know what they're talking about.
去了解一下中印边界战争，中国和印度在边界归属问题上争执不休。由于相互矛盾的主张仍然存在，两国在边境问题上的紧张关系一直持续至今。为了维护自己的主张，印度一直在动员一支9万人山地突击队( XVIIth corps)，专门在边境作战，以制衡中国在那里的军队和基地。下次，在说别人不懂之前，先想想自己在说什么。
Scotty Mac, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 7 hours ago
food_deserts_org, Tibetan economy is now 1 billion a year and the life they now have is from abject poverty and surfs to a life no longer in poverty and free to develop their own well being. The British trashed Tibet many years ago as it also tried to with Afghanistan and failed. They left the place in abject poverty and this is no longer the case.
kidding, Alpha Centauri, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands, 14 hours ago
China has so many reported secret weapons it must be FAKE News.