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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2018 12:03 p.m. PST


"Information about a cutting-edge piece of military tech surfaced in China and on social media after being shown by a Chinese TV channel. Video footage depicts Type 59 based tank, seemingly controlled via a computer terminal.

Sputnik Deutschland reports, citing Chinese media Sohu, that the Chinese military are conducting tests of their first unmanned tank. In footage from a CCTV (Chinese TV channel) report, which Sohu used and was later posted by some Twitter users, a Type 59 based tank can be seen, which was supposedly being controlled by a soldier sitting in front of a computer terminal with a steering Wheel…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

Lol. Considering how most radio controlled toys are made over there … I'm sure they think they can pull this off.


Lion in the Stars19 Mar 2018 6:17 p.m. PST


though I bet that their non-jet quality control is better, I'm not sure how a remote-control tank would be effective.

Pythagoras19 Mar 2018 7:36 p.m. PST


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 10:40 a.m. PST



28mm Fanatik20 Mar 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

I'm not sure how a remote-control tank would be effective

The fact that the robot tank is an obsolete Type 59 suggests that it's not meant to be effective in combat other than as cannon fodder with a gun.

Maybe the PLA intends to seed large numbers of these expendable tanks in its armor units so that they can soak up fire which otherwise would deplete their more expensive, manned tanks.

Walking Sailor20 Mar 2018 3:40 p.m. PST

requires a crew of four

That tank was not built with an auto-loader. That's an expensive ram.

Charlie 12 Inactive Member20 Mar 2018 8:04 p.m. PST

Using a Type 59 to proof the technology makes sense. You have a proven, reliable platform on which you can test out the concept without spending a gutload of money. Once you've worked out the bugs, then you go out and build your 'super tank'….

Cyrus the Great20 Mar 2018 10:03 p.m. PST

Sputnik as reliable as a Till Eulenspiegel tale. What's next, The Giant Robot? Triphibian Atomicar?

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