The Chinese VT-1A tanks are equipped with a Ukrainian-made 6TD-2 engine. Combat vehicles delivered to Bangladesh from the PRC caused discontent among the military, and this engine in the tank was recognized as the main drawback due to the lack of spare parts.
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Bangladesh purchased 44 Chinese VT-1A tanks with Ukrainian re-export engines. These power plants are assembled in Kharkov, and they are considered the Achilles heel of a combat vehicle supplied by China for export. There are problems associated with the operation of these tanks and the provision of spare parts of adequate quality. The Chinese side, bringing the car to the international market, counted on the supply of 1200-horsepower engines from Ukraine. Such motors are also installed in Pakistani tanks, which are a local modification of the Chinese model, and they have been produced for many years. The Chinese also signed a contract with Morocco, where they planned to send 150 export units of equipment.
The conflict took place in Peru, where they decided to replace the Soviet T-55 with modern ones. The company from Ukraine, which offered the Oplot tanks, lost the tender of the Norinco corporation, which offered the VT-1A tanks under the name MBT-2000, which is why the re-export of Ukrainian engines was stopped. The contract with Morocco was also broken, China managed to send only 54 cars there. Designers from the PRC began to create a new engine for the export version of the VT-1A tank.