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Ayoshi:
China: Type 15 light tank scale model unveiled in Beijing | Army Recognition - 26 November 2018 11:04

--- Quote ---China has recently unveiled its new 30-ton-class light tank, the Type 15, with experts saying it can outperform other Chinese tanks in combat operations in plateau areas like Tibet, while also holding advantages in island landing missions.

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The tank appears adapted to China's southern area, given its mountainous terrain there. The Type 15 can also be quickly deployed in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Although the Type 15 was spotted several times by Chinese citizens in the past, this is the first time that China officially introduced its latest light tank. In July, a tank suspected to be a Type 15, which was painted with naval camouflage was photographed in China at an unknown location. The photo sparked discussions among military observers, with some saying that China could deploy the tank when there is a need to seize an island. After gaining ground on the shore, a tank like Type 15 can work better than an amphibious tank when charging into deeper areas due to its higher mobility, Wei noted.

Boasting a similar 105-millimeter main gun, the 30-ton-class VT-5 made by China North Industries Group Corporation is a made-for-export light tank.
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Ayoshi:
Chinese army inducts Type 15 lightweight tank | Janes - 31 December 2018

--- Quote ---China's Ministry of National Defence (MND) revealed on 27 December that the Type 15 (also commonly referred to as ZTQ-15) lightweight battle tank has officially entered service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).

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The announcement came after an image emerged on Chinese online forums in July suggesting that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may also be equipping its marine corps with the locally developed tank.
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Ayoshi:
New light tank Type 15 enters in service with Chinese army | Army Recognition - 28 December 2018 11:01

--- Quote ---The main armament of the Type 15 consists of one 105 mm rifled gun with thermal sleeve and fume extractor which has a maximum firing range of 3,000m. The main armament also includes an automatic loading system. The empty cartridge cases are ejected via a small hatch located at the rear of the turret.

Second armament of the VT5 includes one remotely operated weapon station mounted on the roof of the turret which is armed with a 12.7mm machine gun and one 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
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Chinese Type 15 light tank in live demonstration at China AirShow, November 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Ayoshi:
https://www.janes.com/article/90312/china-s-vt5-tank-to-be-fitted-with-active-protection-system


--- Quote ---China’s VT5 tank to be fitted with active protection system
06 August 2019

The system will be small and light and is expected to function by detecting incoming projectiles and intercepting them with a rocket, said the newspaper without providing further details about the APS.

The VT5, which has been developed specifically for the export market, is armed with a 105 mm-rifled gun derived from the Royal Ordnance L7 gun that was used to equip NATO tanks during the Cold War.
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Ayoshi:
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/plagfs-75th-group-army-receives-additional-type-15-lightweight-tanks


--- Quote ---22 September 2020
PLAGF's 75th Group Army receives additional Type 15 lightweight tanks

The 75th Group Army of the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has received additional units of the Type 15 (also known as ZTQ-15) lightweight battle tank.

In an announcement made on 20 September via its WeChat account, the PLA’s Southern Theatre Command, under which the 75th Group Army operates, showed images of several Type 15s being inducted into service with a brigade during a ceremony held at an undisclosed location.
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The PLA’s Southern Theatre Command announced on 20 September that several units of the Type 15 lightweight battle tank were handed over to a brigade under the 75th Group Army. (Southern Theatre Command via WeChat)

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