Type-96 tank: Backbone of PLA Armor

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  • Published on:  Saturday, August 15, 2020
  • No country today has as many tanks as China’s armed forces have. In 2016 Chinese state media revealed with utmost certainty that of “more than 7,000 tanks were in active service”, and less than half were considered up to date. These comprised 2,000 Type 96 and Type 96A tanks and 600 Type 99’s. The Type 85 2 M was upgraded by NORINCO in to the Type 85 3 and was first seen in 1995. It was equipped with a new diesel engine and ERA fitted across the front of the turret and hull. Though offered as an export vehicle, this vehicle was accepted by the PLA for its own use with some modifications as ZTZ96 or Type 96. The tank was the PLA’s first Main Battle Tank, entering production in 1996. With the introduction of Type 96, older Type 59’s and Type 69’s started to be withdrawn from service and the new tank started to equipped amongst the more elite PLA tank regiments. The Type 96A is a close to third-generation upgrade of Type 96. Its internal electronics may have been upgraded to Type 99 standards. The visual profile of the Type 96A is similar to the Type 99. However, the Type 96A can be distinguished from the Type 99 by the driver's position of the left side of the hull. From experience gained during 2016 Russian Tank, Biathlon China had modernized its type-96 tank. It is equipped with an improved engine, improved high-performance gun with an upgraded fire-control system, new transmission, chassis, ventilation, communications, and computer systems, exhaust and suspension.
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