The designations Al-Khalid and MBT-2000 refer to the Pakistani and
Chinese variants of a modern main battle tank developed during the
1990s by China and Pakistan. The Al-Khalid has been in service with
the Pakistan Army since 2001, while the MBT-2000 is built and
marketed internationally by China and was recently ordered by the
Peruvian Army. Operated by a crew of three and armed with a 125 mm
smooth-bore tank gun that is reloaded automatically, the tank uses
a modern fire-control system integrated with night-fighting
equipment and is capable of firing many types of anti-tank rounds
as well as guided anti-tank missiles. Al-Khalid is named after the
legendary Muslim general Khalid bin al-Walid. An evolution of
Chinese and Soviet tanks, the design is considerably smaller and
lighter than most Western main battle tanks. It is based on the
Chinese Type 90-II, which combined technologies from several
Soviet/western tanks and is ultimately a descendant of the
widely-produced Soviet T-54. The Al-Khalid is unusual in that it is
was designed to be adaptable for manufacture, so that it can be
easily integrated with a variety of foreign engines and
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