Bangladesh Army's Type 69 Mk. II G Main Battle Tank

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  1. Eagle_Flights

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    The Type 69 Mk. II G is a rebuilt Type 69 II with modern armaments and combat systems supplied by China. The “G” suffix is abbreviated for “Gai” in Chinese or simply “Modified”.

    All Bangladesh Army Type 59/69/79 MBTs are being upgraded to this new standard at present locally at the Army’s Heavy Workshop facility, which is capable of building and modernising tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery systems.

    The main features upgraded Type 69 Mk. II G includes:

    • 120 mm smoothbore main gun (Fires all NATO rounds)
    • Capability to fire ATGM from main gun
    • Gun stabilisers (vertical, horizontal)
    • Modern fire control system
    • Combat data link
    • Extensive ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) protection
    • NBC suite
    • 1,200 hp diesel engine
    • Thermal sights
    • Semi-automatic loader
    • Laser warning receiver
    • Laser range finder
    • Range of new ammunition
    • Fire fighting equipment
    • Communications equipment
    • Navigation equipment + GPS
    • Jamming equipment

    The first batch of Type 69 Mk. II G main battle tanks participated in the Independence Day parade at the national parade square, located in Tejgaon, Dhaka.

    Modernisation of the Type 69 tanks were a milestone in the history of the Bangladesh Army as it demonstrated the capability of its engineers who were successfully able to convert an ageing platform to a modern tank capable of combat against all tanks in the enemy’s inventory.

    Service
    All Bangladesh Army Type 59/69/79 are likely to remain in service for the foreseeable future owning to their recent massive rebuild.

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS.

    Origin - Bangladesh

    Type - Main Battle Tank

    Crew - 4

    Engine - 1,000 hp diesel

    Suspensin - Torsion bar

    Primary Army - 120 mm soothbore gun

    Secondary Armanent - 1 x 12.7 type heavy machine gun, 2 x 7.62 mm coaxal machine guns

    Service - Bangladesh Army

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    The above tanks were deployed during the BDR mutiny. Unfortunately they dont have any side-armor in the pictures and some ERA panels missing. The following tank seems to be the completely upgraded version.

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    Thanks to Leon
     

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