Photo of the Day: New Chinese Tank Destroyer

According to IHS Jane’s, Chinese company NORINCO has introduced a new tank destroyer intended for the expert market.  The ST2 is armed with a 105mm cannon and is believed to be based on the NORINCO YW534 (Type 89) APC.  For more, see the Jane’s article here.

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Chinese tank maker Norinco uses social media to trash talk Armata

Norinco tankBloomberg Business is reporting that Chinese tank manufacturer Norinco  is using social media to lob taunts at its Russian rival’s most advanced tank, the T-14 Armata.  Using popular messaging service WeChat, Norinco took aim at a widely reported and embarrassing incident involving the T-14 Armata, in which one of the vehicles ground to an abrupt halt on Red Square during rehearsals for the 70th anniversary celebrations of World War II victory.  According to the article, the Norinco WeChat post said “The T-14’s transmission is not well-developed, as we saw through a malfunction taking place during a rehearsal before the May 9 parade. The VT-4 has never encountered such problems so far. Our tanks also have world-class fire-control systems, which the Russians are still trying to catch up with.”

Norinco’s sales have expanded faster than any other major defense company over the past five years, surpassing Lockheed Martin Corp., maker of the F-35 fighter, and General Dynamics Corp.  The Chinese armaments maker’s $62 billion in revenue as of 2013 and more than 275,000 employees embody the clout of China’s defense industry, which the U.S. Pentagon recently warned in an annual report “has the potential to reduce core U.S. military technological advantages.”  With foreign sales of $7.4 billion over the five years through 2013, China overtook France to become the world’s fourth-largest arms exporter, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Read full article here.

China’s new IFV has “more Western design”

04A new article from WantChinaTimes.com is describing the new Chinese infantry fighting vehicle VN12 as a “more Western design.”  The vehicle was revealed last year at the Eurosatory 2014 in Paris and is intended for export.  The VN12 is a variation of the Chinese ZBD-97 IFV.  The ZBD-97 resembles the Russian BMP-3, having a very similar turret although the chassis of the two vehicles is different.  The VN12 differs from the ZBD-97 in that it is armed with a 30mm autocannon and features improved armor.  The Norinco website (run through chrome translator) notes that the vehicle can also be equipped with a 105mm gun.  For the WantChinaTimes article, click here.