Chinese coal is not high quality, its usually Subbituminous and lignite. I don't know if that affects liquidifcation. The real reason is because the mountain ranges a pipeline goes through would be unstable and thus and earthquake then the entire eastern half of the chinese yellow/yangtze river drainage basin would be big dead
The ZTQ 15 (Export is VT-5)? It's designed for high altitude/ marshland terrains (read vietnam) and is (supposedly) amphibious. The chinese claim it to be able to resist the 3M42 (??? Not sure what this is refering to because its not in GRAU index iirc- GRAU would be 3V(B/K)XX), can pen a T-90s frontally and has no issues with the T72M at range The question is what range can they pen the T-90S with?
It that is to be true, said tank has no side/top armor, and the engine capacbilities of the chinese have improved from the 90s (plausible, biggest issue with previous chinese tanks was armor though... Not that it matters if your engine can't run in tibet).
According to chinese state sourcesit uses a 105mm APFSDS round that shoots projectiles capable of penetrating 500 mm armored steel at 2,000 metres.
>picture related is state photograph prototype
Supposedly the ZTQ-15 doesn't have a laser sight, I wonder if its because of adverse weather its supposed to be fighting in (tibet/southern china) or weight concerns?
Wikipedia I know, I know
gives an uncited source for the T-90MS and a cited T-90A as follows:
Only T-90A Kontakt-5 800–830 vs APFSDS 1150–1350 against HEAT
T-90M / T-90MS Relikt 1100–1300mm against APFSDS 1350+mm against HEAT
My guess is that the Indian version lies somewhere in between these two numbers. that leads to roughly 830-1100mm against APFSDS and 1150-1350+ against HEAT as a conservative estimate
Also the weight of the T90MS / A would be in the range of 46-49 tons. That puts it at a pretty bad disadvnatage against the more mobile light tank.
In this case, I'd expect the chinese tank deployment to be a defensive one. After all, India has has the advantage with shorter supply lines and more favorable terrain. At the same time, I wonder if the T-90s can go at the altitude? I know the Chinese imported engines from the Americans on their trains for the longest time were one of the few things that was reliable at above 3000m. So either the Chinese deployment is a show of force and not really meant to be offensive, or between now and April of last year the Chinese came up with some super sekret round that shits on most modern MBTs. I have doubts about the former. Maybe it the ZTQ can fire some sort of ATGM?