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MBT-2000: The Star of the East

Eastern exotics in War Thunder! Meet the MBT-2000 main battle tank designed in collaboration with China and Pakistan.

MBT-2000, MBT, China, rank VII


  • Good protection
  • Thermal vision
  • Autoloader

The MBT-2000 main battle tank was developed by the Pakistani company Heavy Industries Taxila in collaboration with the Chinese Norinco based on the Chinese Type 90-IIM tank. The tank was thoroughly upgraded during development, including the gun, fire control system, cooling and air filtration systems. The hot climate of Pakistan forced the designers to look for a new engine. After a series of tests, a Ukrainian 6TD-2 diesel engine with 1200 HP was chosen for the project. After almost a decade since the start of the project, the first experimental batch entered service with the Pakistani army in 2001 under its own name Al-Khalid. In addition to Pakistan, a batch of MBT-2000 tanks was ordered in China by the Royal Army of Morocco.


The MBT-2000 main battle tank will strengthen the already formidable Chinese lineup, and in the research tree, will be placed within the light tank line. Let's take a look at the details of this interesting Chinese-Pakistani tank that will be waiting for you with the release of the upcoming major update!

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The MBT-2000 is based on the experimental Type 90-IIM tank, which in turn is an upgraded Soviet T-72 of the early production series. Hence the familiar layout, three members crew, an automatic loader and a 125 mm smoothbore gun. The MBT-2000 widely used domestic developments of China and Pakistan, as well as technologies from other countries. The tank received complex armor using both traditional homogeneous armor and more advanced protection means, such as NERA composite and FY-2 ERA protection, which, compared to the Soviet ancestor, significantly increased the tank's protection from both kinetic and shaped charge projectiles.

The 125-mm ZPT-98 gun, controlled by a modern FCS with a laser rangefinder and a gunner's thermal imager, has automatic feed from a large automated ammunition rack and has a range of available ammunition. Two types of kinetic APFSDS shells, two types of high-explosive fragmentation rounds (conventional and variable time fuze), as well as HEAT rounds.



The MBT-2000 received a new 1,200 HP engine, granting the tank with perfect mobility. The maximum speed of the tank reaches almost 70 km/h, quite good for an MBT!

The MBT-2000 and other great new vehicles will be waiting for you in the next big War Thunder update, don't miss our devblogs to be the first to see the news!

You can greatly speed up the research on this vehicle with:

Type 96A Prototype Pack
The Kit Includes:
  • ZTZ96A Prototype (China, Rank VI)
  • 2000 Golden Eagles
  • 15 days of premium account
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