North Korea showcases its new main battle tank, reminiscent of the both American “M1 Abrams” and Russian T-90, which was shown at the exhibition of achievements held in Pyongyang.
The picture that appeared on the internet shows a new North Korean tank, reminiscent of a hybrid “Abrams” and T-90. The tank appeared to be more than 64 tones with a 125mm main gun turret and a secondary remotely controlled machine gun.
It should be noted here that this is not the first demonstration of this tank, but its name is still unknown. The tank was shown at the military parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party, which took place in October last year.
The display of this tank caused controversy both on the Web and among military experts. The National Interest magazine stated that this is a Soviet T-72 tank, converted by North Korean designers.
The tank has been given new hull and turret contours, making it look like both the Abrams.
It is worth noting that North Korea has been using Soviet-era T-62 or T-72, based on which all North Korean tanks were developed. The angular shapes of the turret and hull, the short cylinders located on the sides and other active protection system devices located on top of the turret.
The tank’s armament is 125mm, a 7.62 mm machine gun and a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
Due to the secrecy, it is impossible to establish which country has assisted North Korea in developing a new tank. The introduction of active protection systems indicates that Ukraine, China, or Russia might have helped design a new tank in North Korea.
Whether the tank is mass-produced or whether several samples were collected for demonstrations at parades is still unknown.
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