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China New Battle Tank Intimidate The Rivals

China New Battle Tank Intimidate The Rivals


China’s military power is quickly
becoming the greatest threat to US military primacy. From posturing in the
South China Sea to damaging hacking campaigns the Chinese government is
investing more time and resources into its military strategy and it shows. China’s economy is the second largest in
the world and it’s on the path to overtake the u.s. is an absolute GDP by
2030 giving China the ability to spend far more resources on its military than
in previous decades from 1996 to 2015 China increased its military spending by
620 percent. China’s collection of over 7,000 tanks
while numerically impressive is inflated by increasingly outdated iterations of
1950s Soviet T-series tanks like the T- 54. The People’s Liberation Army PLA
has taken active measures over the past several decades to renew their aging
line up. Enter the type 15 sporadic sightings of
the light tank were previously reported by Chinese citizens but its existence is
now formally confirmed by the Chinese Defense Ministry, “We’re following the
overall plan and focusing on key equipment we have made major
achievements in our equipment build-up as for the type 15 light tank according
to my information it has been handed over to our troops,” The South China
Morning Post quoted Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian as saying. The type 15 has a 1000 horsepower engine
about twice that of the type 62 tank it is replacing. It boasts a 105 millimeter
gun capable of firing armor-piercing shells and guided missiles as opposed to
the 85 millimeters gun of its type 62 predecessor. Military expert Song Zhong
Ping put the difference bluntly for the South China Morning Post. The type 62
tank is lagging behind the type 15 tank has much better protection capability and
maneuverability The type 15 is less powerful but also
significantly lighter than the type 99 at 35 tons versus the 58 tonnes of its
larger cousin. It’s lighter frame is accompanied by a hydro-pneumatic
suspension system. Also found in Japan’s Type 10 tank, it dynamically adjusts
ground clearance to maximize maneuverability and combat efficacy on
uneven terrain having established the tight 15th design
purpose and catalogue of improvements the pressing question becomes where and
when the PLA plans to deploy the type 15 was already making headlines in 2017
during the China India border standoff in the Tibet region a major political
impetus for the type 15 was the need for a tank that can operate in the
high-altitude Tibetan Hills in preparation for a prospective resumption
of sino-indian hostilities Being that the Type 15 is specifically
adapted for navigating sea based obstacles we can also expect to see it
in maritime theaters. In point of fact, China has been actively bolstering its
military presence around the disputed zones off its southern coast. The type 15
is a prime contender to modernize and consolidate the PLA Navy’s armor
division by replacing the aging Type 59 and Type 63 tank still in service

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