ⓘ Type 15 tank. The Type 15 light tank, also known as ZTQ-15, is a Chinese third generation light tank. The vehicle is a replacement for the antiquated Type 62 li ..

                                     

ⓘ Type 15 tank

The Type 15 light tank, also known as ZTQ-15, is a Chinese third generation light tank. The vehicle is a replacement for the antiquated Type 62 light tank introduced in 1963. The Type 15 tank is designed to fulfill the requirement from Chinese army for a lighter, mobile modern tank that can effectively operate in Chinas plateaus, forests, and water-heavy regions in which heavier Type 99 tanks have difficulties traversing.

                                     

1. Development

Sightings of Type 15 were reported by Chinese citizens, but its existence was formally confirmed by the Chinese Ministry of Defense in December 2018. The tank is confirmed in service as of 2018 and was showcased in the 70th National Day parade on Oct 1st 2019.

                                     

2.1. Design Armament

Type 15s rifled gun with new 105 mm ammunition, which is superior to the 105mm tank gun Type 94 fitted on Type 88 tank and Type 59 tank. The tank can hold 38 rounds of 105mm ammunition. When launching 105 mm armor-piercing projectiles, Type 15 is capable to effectively penetrate main battle tanks equipped by various countries and regions in southern and southwestern Asia. It can fire new advanced tungsten-alloy APFSDS capable of penetrating 500mm of armored steel at 2km.

                                     

2.2. Design Mobility

This new tank can be airlifted by military cargo aircraft as well as be paradropped.

                                     

3. Variants

Type 15 / ZTQ-15 Designation for military version. VT-5 Different design similar to the ZTQ-15 that is made for export. There are noticeable design differences. The drivers hatch on the VT-5 is positioned at the center front hull whereas the ZTQ-15 drivers hatch is located on the left. The upper front hull of the VT-5 is noticeably curved whereas the ZTQ-15 is straight. The modular add-on armor kits are also noticeably different.
                                     

4. Operators

  • Peoples Liberation Army Ground Force
  • China
  • Bangladesh Army On November 30, 2019. The Bangladesh Ministry of Defence officially announced it will buy the first batch of 44 VT-5s to form a regiment with an additional option to purchase 100 more in the future.
  • Bangladesh
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