Class: Main Battle Tank (Prototype)
Vehicles Built: 18
9910 (sometimes incorrectly called Type 98) is the project name for a prototype of the Type 99 Main Battle Tank. The production variant of the Type 99 MBT was developed from the Type 99 prototype as China's first true third generation MBT. The prototype tank (often incorrectly labeled as Type 98) was first shown in public on the Chinese National Day military parade on October 1, 1999. The prototype and production Type 99 both abandon the Soviet concept of tanks in favor of more western technology, even though traces of Russian designs can be found deep inside the vehicle.
The hull is low and generally typical of Chinese tanks but, unlike the previous Chinese MBTs, the turret is welded. The vehicle is protected by composite armor and by an advanced spaced armor kit and ERA (allegedly comparable to Russian Relikt), resulting in an estimated frontal protection on par with the newer variants of the Russian T-90 MBT (roughly 1000-1200mm of RHAe versus HEAT rounds).
Type 99 is equipped with a JD-3 laser system that allows it to send high intensity laser bursts (dazzling) at targets that are using their own lasers to target the Type 99 MBT. The desired effect of this is the damaging of enemy optics and temporary blindness of the enemy gunner. The main armament is the automatically loaded fully stabilized Chinese 125mm ZPT-98 smoothbore gun, capable of firing 9M119M Invar and 9M119M1 Invar-M missiles along with other standard former Warsaw Pact 125mm ammunition.
The effective rate of fire is around 8 rounds per minute. The Fire Control System is indigenous and highly accurate. The vehicle is powered by a 1200 horsepower 150HB diesel, giving it decent mobility. The acceleration is said to be very good as well thanks to its power-to-weight ratio of approximately 23 hp/t (the vehicle weighs around 52 tons).
- Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
- Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
|125mm 125-II APFSDS||APFSDS||Stock||630||670[note 1] mm||1700 m/s||7.70 s|
|125mm 125-III APFSDS||APFSDS||45,480||660||720[note 2] mm||1700 m/s||7.70 s|
|125mm 125HE HE||HE||Stock||990[note 3]||40 mm||850 m/s||7.70 s|
|125mm BTJ-IM HEAT||HEAT||39,680||850||825 mm||905 m/s||7.70 s|
|3UBK14 "Refleks" ATGM-TH||ATGM||56,855||750[note 4]||975 mm||300 m/s||7.70 s|
|7.62mm AP||AP||Stock||8||18[note 5] mm||855 m/s||5.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|Stock||Stock||745 mm (vs AP)
1325 mm (vs HEAT)
|Composite||800 mm (vs AP)
1190 mm (vs HEAT)
|Composite||N/A||N/A vs AP|
N/A vs HEAT
|This MBT's front is protected by composite armor. Composite armor consists of combined layers of steel and other material and offers excellent protection against HEAT shells and ATGMs. Its steel sides and rear are considerably more vulnerable.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|125mm ZPT-98 L/48 Smoothbore Cannon||Stock||Stock||2.13 s||7.70 s|
125mm 125-II APFSDS
125mm 125-III APFSDS
125mm 125-HE-I HE
125mm BTJ-IM HEAT
3UBK14 "Refleks" ATGM-TH
- 670 mm at 150m;
503 mm at 500m
- 720 mm at 150m;
540 mm at 500m
- 278 for Partial Penetration;
70 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 150 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 18 mm at 100m;
9 mm at 1000m