Pakistan Army inducts first batch of Chinese-made VT-4 battle tanks
Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Thursday inducted the first batch of the state-of-the-art Chinese made VT-4 tanks, according to the military’s media affairs wing. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement issued on Thursday said that Commander Mangla Corps Lt Gen Shaheen Mazher Mehmood visited the Armoured Division and inspected the first batch of VT-4 tanks, according to Dawn.
General Mehmood also witnessed the mobility and maneuverability test of the tanks. Earlier, the Army after its on field tests in September last year had said the tanks would be employed in an offensive role by strike formations after induction. The VT-4 is compatible with any modern tank in the world integrating advanced armour protection, maneuverability, fire power capabilities and state-of-the-art technology, the Army had said.
VT-4 tanks have been produced by Chinese state-owned armoured vehicle manufacturer, Norinco, and their delivery began in April last year.Pakistan is the third country to have bought these tanks from China after Thailand and Nigeria. The ISPR further said that the tank would be employed in an offensive role by strike formations after induction.