Myanmar Exhibits Light Tanks from the Combination of Chinese and Russian Ranpurs

Myanmar Exhibits Light Tanks from the Combination of Chinese and Russian Ranpurs

Not inferior to India, which was able to carry out "cross-breeding" of armored armored vehicles, namely between the Main Battle Tank (MBT) T-90 and T-72, from Southeast Asia, Myanmar apparently did not lose either, namely by showing off a hybrid armored vehicle, the results of a cross' of two types of ranpur shown during the 77th Myanmar Armed Forces Day demonstration in Naypyidaw, on March 27, 2022.

According to, since March 2019, Myanmar has been developing a light tank prototype based on the Russian-made 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer chassis, which is equipped with a two-crew 105 mm gun turret from the Chinese-made PTL02 6x6 ranpur.

Quoting information published on the Internet, the new light tank belonging to the Myanmar Army was developed in collaboration with China, which concretely the ranpur is equipped with a turret made in China which is also mounted on the ranpur Fire Support Vehicle with WMA301 105 mm 6x6 tires. 

By Myanmar what is used is the export variant and is called PTL02. The main armament on this Myanmar light tank is a 105mm cannon which is compatible with all standard NATO ammunition. 

The cannon can fire APFSDS (Armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot), HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) and HE (High Explosive) munitions. The dome appears to be equipped with a new fire control system and a laser range finder.

The 2S1 chassis of the Myanmar light tank is based on the automotive equipment and gearing of the Soviet-made MT-LB APC armored chassis, supplied by Ukraine. The steel hull was all welded and divided into three compartments with the driver on the port side forward, the engine behind the driver and the turret at the rear.

2S1 Gvosdika
2S1 Gvosdika

The Myanmar light tank's suspension system is similar to that of the Soviet MT-LB ranpur and consists of seven road wheels on each side with a drive sprocket at the front.

Using the same chassis as the Soviet-made 2S1, it can be assumed that this ranpur has the same mobility capacity. The 2S1 was powered by a 4 stroke water-cooled V-8 diesel engine developing 300 hp coupled to a manual transmission of 5 forward and 1 reverse gears.

Originally, the 2S1 Gvosdika was equipped with a 122 mm D-32 howitzer, which could fire 4-5 bullets in one minute. Ranpur whose official label is unknown can run at a maximum speed on the highway of 62 km per hour with a maximum cruising range of 500 km..

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