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?
 

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