New Type98/99 MBT thread


tupolevtu144

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Protective case for optics.
Interesting. Are there photos of the optics? It's also kinda interesting that PLA installs optics on their tank HMGs while most countries either only install iron sights or install red dot reflex sights instead.
 

plawolf

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Interesting. Are there photos of the optics? It's also kinda interesting that PLA installs optics on their tank HMGs while most countries either only install iron sights or install red dot reflex sights instead.
Pictures of the optics out being used are surprisingly rare. Some tanks just have a copy of the optics old Russian tanks use. There are pictures in the Type 96 thread from tank biathlons.

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But some other pictures shows what looks to be a red dot/holo sight.

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As for why the PLA bother putting optics on their tank HMGs, well remember the PLA still kinda follow old Soviet doctrine of having the tank commander HMG as an AA weapon, while western tanks assume air dominance to be a given so are generally for anti-personnel use. That is also why Chinese tank commander HMG are 50 cal while western ones tend to be 7.62 or even 556.
 

jimmyjames30x30

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Interesting. Are there photos of the optics? It's also kinda interesting that PLA installs optics on their tank HMGs while most countries either only install iron sights or install red dot reflex sights instead.
That's only for this year's tank biathlon. Generally speaking, PLA tank optics are hidden in a box like all ex-Soviet/Russian design.
 

Temstar

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Neat picture of 99A and 96A parked next to each other. 99A are the ones with the turret turned sideways.

I just learned a new trick to tell apart the two tanks, count road wheels from front to back and note the spacing:

Type 98/99 family: 12 3 4 56
Type 96 family: 1 2 3456

And if you see 1 2345 then of course you already know that's a Type 59 trying to trick people with a fancy new turret again. :p
 

FishWings

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Neat picture of 99A and 96A parked next to each other. 99A are the ones with the turret turned sideways.

I just learned a new trick to tell apart the two tanks, count road wheels from front to back and note the spacing:

Type 98/99 family: 12 3 4 56
Type 96 family: 1 2 3456

And if you see 1 2345 then of course you already know that's a Type 59 trying to trick people with a fancy new turret again. :p
Those are just regular ZTZ-99 (looks like phase 2 improvement), not ZTZ-99A which has a larger turret, different shape of frontal turret armor modules, and different shape of hull.
 

benny

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Neat picture of 99A and 96A parked next to each other. 99A are the ones with the turret turned sideways.

I just learned a new trick to tell apart the two tanks, count road wheels from front to back and note the spacing:

Type 98/99 family: 12 3 4 56
Type 96 family: 1 2 3456

And if you see 1 2345 then of course you already know that's a Type 59 trying to trick people with a fancy new turret again. :p
Those aren't Type 99A but the Type-99 Phase II.
 

alanch90

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Neat picture of 99A and 96A parked next to each other. 99A are the ones with the turret turned sideways.

I just learned a new trick to tell apart the two tanks, count road wheels from front to back and note the spacing:

Type 98/99 family: 12 3 4 56
Type 96 family: 1 2 3456

And if you see 1 2345 then of course you already know that's a Type 59 trying to trick people with a fancy new turret again. :p
Is it me or the Type 96 are actually longer than the Type 99?
 

timepass

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Pakistan Reportedly Begin ReceivingnVT4 Tanks from Norinco....

The 52-tonnes VT-4 is motorized with a water-cooled turbocharged electronic-controlled diesel engine developing 1,300 hp; has a 125mm smoothbore cannon capable of firing APFSDS, HESH, HEAT and HE rounds and guided missiles.

There is also a remote weapon station on the turret armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. The fire control system has hunter-killer capabilities, laser rangefinder, panoramic sight, and a third generation thermal imaging system.

The tank is equipped with an active protection system designated GL5, defensive grenade launchers, and a laser warning device. The vehicle also has an IFF system, NBC protection, explosion suppression system, fire extinguishing system, and air conditioning.

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Main Battle Tank deal and
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1: Pakistan is acquiring 300 VT-4 from
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. It has paid $860 Million for initial batch of 176 MBTs. The payment of 124 MBTs will be done in later stages.

2: Pakistan's VT-4 is most capable version compared to that of Thailand and Nigeria. Unlike other VT-4 version which are equipped with 1300HP engine and FY2 ERA, Pakistan's VT4 are equipped with 1500HP engine and FY-4 ERA. The tank is believed to be superior than Russian T90MS.

3: The Al Khalid tank project will continue alongside induction of VT4 which Pakistan is acquiring off the shelf. However, HIT will posses ability to maintain, overhaul and even modify these tanks when necessary.

4: VT4 are likely to deploy in Punjab and may replace AZ from 6th Armored Division.

5: Purchase of VT4 is one component of a comprehensive upgradation package which also includes artillery, APCs and air defense system
 

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