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

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.

Which line is the light tank line? @Stona_WT

The first line, or where Taiwan’s equipment and infantry fighting vehicles

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Why does it look sexxxxy… I mean very nice


I go back to my corner and cry.

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Lmao exactly… It hasn’t been light tank line since rank 5.


Would be nice to get some clarification on this, but ig not

maybe a new line? but probably not :(

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It’s established that the light tank line is the Taiwan line, which we can now look at as the non-mainland line having Pakistani tank in it in the future.

EDIT: that line also has all the PLA light tanks in it too, like the Object 211, Type 63 and 62, etc.

no clue xD

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Is it going to have Pakistani flag or Chinese flag?


i think will is Pakistani, in China now thay not call MBT-2000 right now. is vt-1


Both VT1 and VT1A is unofficial name, the Pakistan version’s name is Al-Khalid.


4 of 16 smoke grenades of this tank are HE grenade and rest of them are smoke grenades.Is it going to receive it’s HE grenades?

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Seem that it is useless in such BR.

I know but why not add it for fun😁


The HE-VT shell will have proxy fuze (DTB12-125)?

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Nice, only remaining thing to know is the BR.
10.3? 10.7? 11?
125 II (DTW-125)>125 I so i doubt it will be at the same BR that the ZTZ96A.

Well tbh placing it in the light tank line would be a shame since the taiwan line will get contaminated as well as the historical significance of this collaboration between mainland china and pakistan would be ignored.
I do suggest some other line, maybe a split off for the later models of the al khalid?

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I might just make the pakistani skin for this.
And while im on the subject… bangladesh has mbt-2000s as well right?
Thats a big plus

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