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The PLZ-89 is a Tier 7 progression Self-Propelled Gun under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Self-Propelled Howitzer
Developed: 1985-1989
Service: 1989+
Vehicles Built: cca 100-300 (sources vary)
Operators: China

Much like all the major military powers of the world, China was relatively quick to recognize the importance of self-propelled artillery. Its early designs were either direct copies of or at least heavily influenced by the Soviets. Soviet self-propelled guns like the 2S1 Gvozdika and the 2S3 Akatsiya have proven to be rugged and successful and it's therefore no wonder that China wanted such a vehicle of its own.

The simplest approach was, of course, to use an existing gun along with an existing chassis and mate the two together. The PLZ-89 SPH was developed in the 1980s as an attempt to provide the same capabilities of the Soviet 2S1 Gvozdika by using existing components, specifically the modified Type 77 APC chassis (which was developed from the Type 62 Light Tank) and the 122mm Type 86 howitzer. The howitzer was almost an exact copy of the old Soviet D-30 from the 1960s – it could even fire Soviet ammunition.

As its name suggest, the vehicle had likely entered official service in 1989, although it was not shown to the public until a decade later. PLZ-89 wasn’t exported and is only currently in use by the Chinese military, both by the land forces and marines. It is not known how many of these vehicles were built since 1989, estimates range from several hundred to just over a hundred vehicles. By now, it is somewhat obsolete and will certainly be replaced by more modern vehicles in the future.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Artillery: This vehicle is capable of indirect fire across large distances but is very vulnerable in close combat.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • HESH Rounds: This vehicle can fire special Squash Head rounds. These are extremely effective against angled armor that is typical for Soviet tanks.
  • Powerful HE Rounds: This vehicle can fire powerful HE rounds that deal tremendous damage.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 122mm D30 HE HE Stock 800[note 1] 55 mm 400 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 3.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 220 mm
2 122mm BEE2 BB/RA HE HESH Experience 66,263 700 500 mm 600 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
  • Spall Threshold: 170 mm
3 Smoke Round Smoke Stock N/A N/A 1000 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Radius of Effect: 20 m
  • Duration: 20 s
4 WP Round WP Stock 20 per sec N/A 1000 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Radius of Effect: 15 m
  • Duration: 10 s
5 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 2] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.98 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

PLZ-89 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 35 mm (vs AP)
40 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 40 mm (vs AP)
45 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns.

Weapon[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 122mm Type 83 Howitzer Stock Stock 2.40 s 5.00 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -2.0° / 60.0°
Ammo:
122mm D30 HE
122mm BEE2 BB/RA HE
Smoke Round
WP Round
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12V150L-12 450 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 65 km/h 15 km/h 4.70 s (0 to 32 km/h)
22.01 s (0 to Max Speed)
40.01° 6 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner
Spall Liner
Experience 25,486 Credits 320,000 Hit points are increased by 150
Smokegrenades
Type 84 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 2 charges
Takes 60s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Smokegrenades
Type 84G Smoke Grenades
Experience 25,486 Credits 320,000 Comes with 6 charges in total
Magazine capacity: 2 charges
Takes 3s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Magazine reload time: 25s
Gunnersight
Improved Gunner Optics
Experience 38,229 Credits 480,000 Accuracy is improved by 10%
Firecontrol
Improved Fire Control System
Experience 44,600 Credits 560,000 Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader
Improved Autoloader
Experience 50,972 Credits 640,000 Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Transmission
Improved Transmission
Experience 19,114 Credits 240,000 Acceleration is increased by 2.5%
Hull traverse rate is increased by 10%
Treads01
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.3%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.0%

Other unlocks[ | ]

Name Cost Description Notes
Battleharden
Battle Hardened
Golds 2,700 The Battle-Hardened status allows you to earn more Experience and Credits
and also grants preferential matchmaking to the vehicle.
PLZ-89 avatar
Avatar
Experience 40,525 Unlocks Vehicle icon for player portrait.
Currencyrep
9,900 Reputation
Experience 33,770 Provides an injection of 9,900 Reputation.
Currencyrep
9,900 Reputation
Experience 33,770 Provides an injection of 9,900 Reputation.
Currencyrep
9,900 Reputation
Experience 33,770 Provides an injection of 9,900 Reputation.
Currencyrep
9,900 Reputation
Experience 33,770 Provides an injection of 9,900 Reputation.

Footnotes[]

  1. 250 for Partial Penetration;
    100 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  2. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
Self-Propelled Guns
Zhang Feng

Gvozdika  •  Msta-S  •  Akatsiya  •  Centauro 155  •  Abbot  •  Abbot VE  •  AS90  •  M108  •  M109  •  Paladin  •  Palmaria  •  PzH 2000  •  PLZ-05  •  PLZ-89

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