It was not yes, supply chain was its biggest issue, however VT-4 overall is a better platform than oplot due to the technological advantage, among other reasons.Oplot was never bad option, only problem is its supply chain, even i heard they PA even considered going for 2 plateform due to pros and cons
Add to that the modifications made for the Pakistani variant of vt4.Let me add on something, just becos 99A is not allow to be exported doesn't mean VT-4 is very far off from it. Remember Norinco has designed this tank to compete with western tank in open market. In fact Norinco is confident most spec of VT-4 tank surpass even Leopard A7 , Lerlerc and M1A2 in many aspect.
But in some case we get subsidized cost from chineseFor China yes, not for export, export means price increased in most cases. And it’s not offered for export so we won’t know.
What was then outcome of that discussion?There was a similar discussion of VT4 vs Type 99A on the Chinese social media and forum not long ago, but it was more intense,lol.
Exactly this last para is right. I remember in this forum 3 to 4 yrs ago in some topic it was complained by some senior members that t80UD is expensive to maintain and so should be the case for oplot tank. Plus, the way Russia is towards Ukraine we dont know when there will be next issues and there is no guarantee we will get them in time. Plus, the way t80UD we got is a history to remember.Pakistan and china relationship is like the u.s n isreal relationship.
everything and anything is available to Pakistan, nothing is off-limits.
In the words of a Chinese foreign office official, "Pakistan is to China what isreal is to the u.s".
the best way to understand the difference between the PA variant of a vt4 and type99 is the same as the difference between a jf17 block3 and a j10c.
oplot was never seriously in consideration as HIT had a bad experience with the quality and price of the parts being provided by ukraine required for the major overhaul of the t80ud fleet and that was just the requirement for the pilot project before they commence the fleet-wide overhaul.
VT4 is just a much newer machine, thus having nearly a decade advantage in electronics in comparison to anything on the market. Until T-14 will be on the international market, VT4 is the best tank money can buy with post-nineties level electronics.Can T90 achieve this dream via MS upgrade?
T90M is far superior to VT-4 in almost every metric, mobility and some electronics will be the only exception.Can T90 achieve this dream via MS upgrade?