Thailand to procure MBT-3000 tanks from China

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    Thailand to procure MBT-3000 tanks from China

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    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has signed an agreement with China to procure the MBT-3000 main battle tank (MBT) produced by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), RTA officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 16 May.

    The contract to procure the MBT-3000, which is also referred to by NORINCO as the VT-4, features an initial 28 units, with deliveries expected to commence before the end of 2016 and conclude within two years. The deal, thought to be valued at about USD150 million, makes Thailand the first known export customer of the type.

    If the first batch of deliveries is successful, sources indicated the RTA would look to procure additional MBT-3000s as it seeks to meet a long-standing requirement for up to 150 MBTs.

    http://www.janes.com/article/60340/thailand-to-procure-mbt-3000-tanks-from-china



     
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    Given Ukraine's situation, I doubt that Thailand will be able to procure more T-84s, thus they have to look elsewhere.
     
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    they are acquiring MBT-3000s because Ukraine can't keep up with the T-84 deliveries.
     
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    After looking at that map its pretty evident that Ukraine's defense industry took a big hit, they lost a lot of ship building capabilities in Crimea and some to her capabilities near Donetsk. Kharkiv and its famous tank factory is awfully close to the Russia border so much so that I was actually surprised that the Russian didn't go for it back when this whole thing started. The Russians were depending on certain components from Ukraine for their tanks, I believe engines were one of them. The Ukrainians also had a lot of some missiles technologies that the Russians were accessing, of course those doors are closed. The FSB was probably well dug into Ukraine's defense industry because of its importance to Russia, I am sure they access to all of the documents, blue prints etc.


    "It is an ironic fact that much of the equipment used by the Russian troops in Crimea, and those maneuvering on Ukraine's border, is produced by Kyiv's military industry.

    The equipment includes the motors that keep all of Russia's combat helicopters flying and many of the engines that power Russian naval ships. It also includes about half of the air-to-air missiles carried by Russian fighter planes.

    But the sight of Ukrainian-produced hardware now pointed belligerently at Kyiv is not simply incongruous. It also underlines how much Russia's military risks shooting itself in the foot if rising tensions cause the two countries to break ties. Conversely, it could also lead Russia to seek to control Ukraine regardless of the costs.

    In a recent article, RFE/RL Russian Service's military correspondent Vladimir Voronov argues that severing ties with Ukraine would have a far more dramatic impact on Russia's defense program than any Western sanctions restricting sales of Western military hardware.

    Voronov notes that the two countries' military industrial complexes are so integrated that any end to cooperation with Ukraine would seriously jeopardize the Russian army's ambitious modernization program."


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