On November 13, Defense Technology of Bangladesh-DTB tweeted that Chinese-made VT5 main battle tanks purchased from NORINCO had been unloaded. They were not the first tanks of this type to be delivered to Bangladesh: China delivered 44 VT5 light tanks to Bangladesh in 2021, according to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database.

The Bangladesh Ministry of Defense officially announced in December 2019 that its army had ordered VT5 light tanks from China, a model used by the Chinese army’s Xinjiang Military Command and Chinese Marines.

The VT5, also known as Type 15 or ZTQ-15 in the Chinese army, is a light battle tank designed and built by the Chinese defence firm NORINCO.