Tank and Armored Vehicles

Type 99 Main Battle Tank

The Type 99 main battle tank  or ZTZ-99 is a Chinese third generation main battle tank (MBT).The vehicle was a replacement for the aging Type 88 introduced in the late 1980s. The Type 99 MBT was China's first mass-produced third-generation main battle tank. Combining modular composite armour and tandem-charge defeating ERA, 125 mm smoothbore gun with ATGM-capability, high mobility, digital systems and optics, the Type 99 represents a shift towards rapid modernization by the PLA.

The Type 99 tank is based on the Soviet T-72 chassis. The tank entered People's Liberation Army (PLA) service in 2001.The People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) is the sole operator of the Type 99. Three main versions of the Type 99 have been deployed: the Type 98 prototype, Type 99 and the Type 99A.The Type 99 forms the core of China’s modern maneuver combat capabilities, with over 1,200 tanks built for the past two decades.

1. The appearance highlights "low living".
2. Adopt double-layer armor structure.
3. Strong power.
4. Advanced fire control system.
5. Strong ability to actively confront.
6. Fierce firepower.

Mass    51 tonnes (Type 98)
               55 tonnes (Type 99A)
Length    Hull: 7.6 metres (25 ft)
              Gun forward: 11 metres (36 ft) 
Width    Hull: 3.7 metres (12 ft) 
Height    Hull: 2.35 metres (7.7 ft) 
Crew    3 
                 Anticipated to be welded turret with applique and modular 
                composite/reactive armor
Main armament: 125mm ZPT-98 smoothbore gun (38 Rounds; autoloader)
Secondary armament: QJC-88 heavy machine gun 
                                      Type 86 coaxial machine gun
Engine: 150HB liquid-cooled V12 twin-turbo diesel 33.9 litre
              1,500 hp (1,119 kW)
Power/weight: 27.78 hp/tonne
Suspension: Torsion bar suspension
Operational range:600 kilometres (370 mi)–650 kilometres (400 mi)
Maximum speed Road: 76 kilometres per hour (47 mph)
                                        (Type 99A) Off-road: 54 kilometres per hour (34 mph)
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