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The PTZ-89 is a Tier 7 premium Tank Destroyer under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Tank Destroyer
Developed: 1984-1988
Service: 1989-2015
Vehicles Built: cca 100
Operators: China

Back in the 1970s and the early 1980s, the Chinese realized that their tanks had become obsolete. There were of course several solutions for the issue. One was to develop a new Main Battle Tank, but the Chinese correctly realized that the development would take time. The interim solution was to develop a new gun in an existing vehicle, but the poor relations between China and the Soviet Union at the time hampered the effort to acquire modern technologies from the Soviets. To deal with the situation, the Chinese first tried to steal the plans for Rheinmetall's 120mm L/44 smoothbore gun and when that failed, they built one of their own from a Soviet 115mm smoothbore.

It was a failure and an expensive one at that. And on top of all things, the Chinese regained access to various Soviet tech in the 1980s as a result of a political shift and decided to go with Soviet calibers. This made the 120mm gun, fully developed at that point, essentially obsolete. To save face, it was decided to install it on a tracked Tank Destroyer. The development was undertaken by NORINCO and the first prototype of this new Tank Destroyer was built in 1984 with the first firing trials starting the same year. The trials ended in 1988 and by the end of the year, its mass-production was launched.

The PTZ-89 was officially accepted in service in 1989 but the odd caliber, the inferior ability to fire on the move and poor protection doomed the project from the start. Very few PTZ-89 Tank Destroyers were actually built – it is estimated that between 1989 and 1995, around 100 vehicles were delivered in total. By 1995, it was completely outmatched by modern Main Battle Tanks and its retirement started in 2015 with the anti-tank role officially being given to modern ATGM carriers.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Marksman: This vehicle can fire advanced ammunition from its accurate weapon, allowing it to destroy enemy armor at long distances.
  • 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.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
1 120mm PTZ89 II APFSDS APFSDS Stock 480 740[note 1] mm 1700 m/s 5.00 s
  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 120mm L31A4 HESH HESH Stock 460 490 mm 670 m/s 5.00 s
  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.11 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 35 %
  • Spall Threshold: 156 mm
3 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 2] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
  • 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: 67.0 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

PTZ-89 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Stock Stock 35 mm (vs AP)
55 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 10 mm (vs AP)
15 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel N/A N/A vs AP
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 120mm Type 89 Smoothbore Cannon Stock Stock 1.50 s 5.00 s


  • Depression/Elevation: -8.0° / 18.0°
120mm L31A4 HESH
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12V150L 520 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 55 km/h 13 km/h 6.59 s (0 to 32 km/h)
22.28 s (0 to Max Speed)
31.07° 6 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spall Liner
Stock Stock Hit points are increased by 150
Type 84G Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 6 charges in total
Magazine capacity: 2 charges
Takes 3s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Magazine reload time: 25s
Improved Autoloader
Stock Stock Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Improved Optic Lenses
Stock Stock Accuracy is improved by 50%
Improved Optics Stabilizer
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the turret.
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.3%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.0%

Abilities[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Stats Activation
Duration Cooldown More
ZeroIn Ability Zero In
Zero In
Stock Accuracy: -24.98%
Rate of Fire: +10%
Camouflage Factor: +10%
Turret Traverse Speed: -24.98%
Acceleration: -100%
Hull Traverse Rate: -100%
Max Speed: -100%
1.5 s 20 s 60 s

This ability temporarily turns your vehicle into a deadly sniper by increasing its camouflage and accuracy. However, it also prevents you from moving and makes your turret traverse much slower.

If your vehicle moves even a little, this ability will deactivate or becomes impossible to activate.


  1. 740 mm at 150m;
    629 mm at 700m
  2. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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