INTRODUCTION: China recently mounted a rare display of its military armour for a visiting delegation of the Royal Canadian Defence College.
GV PAN Chinese Type 59 and Type 62 tanks in high speed obstacle manoeuvres. (4 SHOTS)
GV Troops of the Sixth Armoured Division standing by tanks. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM GV Troops in front of tank applauding.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: China recently mounted a rare display of its military armour for a visiting delegation of the Royal Canadian Defence College. Two types of Chinese battle tanks were shown during exercises.
SYNOPSIS: The Sixth Armoured Division of the Chinese Army gave a display of high-speed manoeuvres over an obstacle course for the Canadian visitors. The Division is based north of Peking, near the Great Wall, and is charged with defence of the Chinese capital. The armour on show was of Type 59 and Type 62 tanks, the Chinese army's mainstay battle tanks. China's eleven armoured divisions are located mostly in the country's northern provinces and along the border with the Soviet Union. Between them, they have an estimated 11 thousand Type 59 tanks, which western defence experts say are modelled on the Soviet T 54. The Soviet Union has considered the design out of date for some 20 years, and no longer uses them. The Type 62 tank is a lighter model developed in China, but it still bears a resemblance to Soviet prototypes on which it was based. The people's Liberation Army is believed to have about a thousand of these lighter tanks in its armoured divisions.
The Chinese drivers showed great skill in manoeuvring their vehicles, but Western observers commented that the tanks lacked strength in their defensive armour. They said the guns mounted on the tanks had not the range to adequately ward off an attack from the Soviet Union's latest tank, the T 72.