BATTLE TANKS: Analysts at consultancy Forecast International expect the international market to produce over 6,900 main battle tanks, worth nearly $27.9 billion, through 2017. Last year, the Chinese Type 98 program maintained its position as the single largest new-production program, they said. But with a total value of $402.62 million (for 118 new-production tanks), Type 98 was worth less than 33 percent of what the U.S. Defense Department spent on the M1 Abrams in 2007.


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