posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 05:01 PM
Yep...this particular tank, which has yet to have been deployed, in any numbers, is also being labeled the "World's Most Powerful
Here's an article:
"China set to field the world's most powerful tank"
Personally, I'm not buying into the "world's most powerful tank" theory. Its an unproven platform with no military experience to back it up. I
have yet to see stats on this particular tank other than a referral to it being and having the same characteristics and equipment as the Type-98.
IMHO, its not the size of the cannon/gun that matters; its the quality and performance of the shell/round that does.
I think this is a direct response to multiple facts and reasons:
1) China is in need of replacing its aging and existing MBT's.
2) China is looking at its neighbors, not just the US, and seeing that India, Russia, Japan, are all introducing or have been bringing on-line newer
and better MBT's.
3) In the Asia region alone, they have a sort of "mini-arms race" going on.
I think many will find that the kill power of the 125mm smoothbore, which is currently the mainstay of all major MBTs, is quite effecient and lethal.
A 152mm is, to me anyhow, bringing nothing new to modern battlefield and will likely cause very little ruckus among the major players of MBT's.
[Edited on 23-8-2003 by Seekerof]