Pakistan Army has formally confirmed the induction of the state of the art Chinese origin third-generation Main Battle Tank VT-4 in its defensive arsenal.
According to the official statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Field Firing Ranges near Jhelum to witness the demonstration of the Main Battle Tank VT-4 on Tuesday.
While addressing the officers following the demonstration, General Bajwa expressed satisfaction over the performance of VT-4.
Pakistan has consolidated its defensive capabilities with the induction of VT-4 tank. Pakistan Army is alive to emerging regional threats while focusing on internal challenges at the same time.
This year in July, Pakistan Army also inducted the upgraded version of indigenously developed Main Battle Tank Al Khalid-I.
Weighing around 52 tons, a VT-4 tank is 10.10 meters long with gun forward, 3.40 meters wide, and 2.30 meters high.
3 crew members can fit in a VT-4 tank which has an operational range of 500 km and a top speed of 70 km/h.
In terms of armament, a VT-4 tank has a 125mm smoothbore cannon capable of firing APFSDS, HESH, HEAT and HE rounds and guided missiles. There is also a remote weapon station on its turret armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
The fire control system of the VT-4 has hunter-killer capabilities, a laser rangefinder, panoramic sight, and a third-generation thermal imaging system.
Where protection is concerned, a VT-4 tank is equipped with an explosive reactive armor, GL5 active protection system, defensive grenade launchers, and a laser warning device.
Besides, a VT-4 tank features an IFF system, NBC protection, explosion suppression system, fire extinguishing system, and air conditioning system.