New Type98/99 MBT thread


FishWings

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Is there no side armor for the ZTZ-99A?

Side skirts are supposedly only for the purpose of stopping CE projectiles such as those from RPGs (e.g. PG-7VR). Not going to do much against KE threats, but if an APFSDS is fired at the side, it is going to go through with or without ERA or composite modules.

Supposedly, the reason why these additional side armor is not added is because it would be pointless to have it during peacetime training. Tbh that doesn't make since because even if that were the reason, at least we would see even just one instance of it being applied, such as the way we have for the side armor of ZTQ-15.

Common reasoning would be that if the PLA had to hypothetically deal with a Grozny-type situation and these tanks had to be stupidly charged in, then at minimum they would have the side hull reinforced with light ERA at least. More probably than not, the 99/99A already has such kits available. But the fact is that there is no visual confirmation of its existence yet, and so it would still be more reasonable to believe that it does not have one ready at least for now.
 

siegecrossbow

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Type-99 spotted in Ali region near the Indian border.

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In other news:

Apparently troops on the frontlines are getting abalone, geese, and ducks for Chinese New Year. Good luck matching that on the other side of the border.
 

boytoy

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Type-99 spotted in Ali region near the Indian border.

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In other news:

Apparently troops on the frontlines are getting abalone, geese, and ducks for Chinese New Year. Good luck matching that on the other side of the border.
Looks like a 99A. I thought this tank was too heavy to get up there. Maybe they made some improvements?
 

siegecrossbow

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Looks like a 99A. I thought this tank was too heavy to get up there. Maybe they made some improvements?

The problem is not the weight per se but reduced engine capacity at higher altitudes. Even heavy tanks can crawl along at 20 Kph, which is sufficient for transportation purposes. They are still useful near Rechin La, where India fields T-72/T-90.
 

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