China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank


Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011.

One of China's new light tanks on a railway flatbed car at what seems to be the Guilin railway station in China's southern Guangxi Province. (Via CJDBY website)One of China’s new light tanks on a railway flatbed car at what seems to be the Guilin railway station in China’s southern Guangxi Province. (Via CJDBY website)

Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY and FYJS websites, the images show around 10 of the new tanks on railway flatbed cars at what appears to be the Guilin railway station in China’s southern Guangxi Province. The tanks’ transit through Guilin could indicate their initial delivery to units assigned to the PLA’s new Southern Theatre Command.

In January 2016, the popular Chinese web portal Sina.com published a report on the tank – the designation of which has yet to be revealed – that assessed its history and missions and provided new details on its armament and features.

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