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The Type 69 is a Tier 2 progression Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1963-1988
Service: 1982+
Vehicles Built: 3000-4000
Operators: China (early Type 69, late Type 69-I), Iraq, Iran, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri-Lanka, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Albania

The Type 69 Main Battle Tank is an upgraded Type 59, which in turn is a direct Chinese copy of the Soviet T-54A Medium Tank. As a part of their “brotherly help” to fellow communists, the Russians provided the Chinese with the means and the license to produce the T-54A. At first, the Chinese assembled the tanks from parts delivered by the Soviets and later on, the vehicle was entirely built in China. However, as the Sino-Soviet relations deteriorated for ideological reasons, the Chinese found themselves with a massive fleet of Type 59 tanks that were becoming quite obsolete over the years and without the access to Soviet technology. As a result, they attempted to upgrade the Type 59 tanks as much as they could to increase their combat value and to keep them relevant on modern battlefields with what they had.

The Type 69 program was one of the results of the effort. The first prototypes were built as early as 1964-1966 (sources vary) by Factory 617 (also known as the Baotou Tank Plant). There were several major differences compared to the Type 59. First, the original clone of the rifled 100mm D-10T gun (called Type 59 cannon in Chinese service) was replaced by a new 100mm smoothbore called Type 69, an IR searchlight and an indigenous first generation laser rangefinder were both added. The original 520hp 12150L diesel was replaced by a more powerful variant called 12150L-7, producing 580hp.

It wasn’t exactly a successful design and it did not meet the expectations the military had. Especially the gun was problematic, too inaccurate and generally unable to deal with modern western or Soviet MBTs. The vehicle was shelved until 1969, when the Chinese captured a Soviet T-62 tank during the Damansky Island incident. The tank was carefully studied by the Chinese and several upgrades based on its technology were introduced to the Type 69 chassis such as a new NBC protection set and a copy of the Luna IR searchlight. This variant was produced in very limited numbers.

Following the development of the Type 80/88 series MBTs in the 1970s, thanks to the improved relations between China and the west and the subsequent access to western technologies, a decision was made to develop the Type 69 into an export vehicle. This was the Type 69-II from 1982. Its smoothbore gun was replaced by the 100mm Type 69 rifled gun with modern APFSDS ammunition and the vehicle also received an advanced FCS, a more reliable 580hp engine, automatic fire extinguisher and several other improvements, effectively becoming a late T-55 variant, inferior to the T-72 series but also very affordable. It is estimated that between 1982 and 1985 or so, around 3000 to 4000 export Type 69-IIs were produced and widely exported. They are often mistaken for the Soviet T-54/55 series.

A domestic variant called Type 69-I was developed in China in 1988, retrofitted with late Type 59 modernization. A very limited amount was produced for second-line use.

Vehicle Traits[]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Smoke Generators: This vehicle generates smoke all around it and lays down smoke cover by driving forward.

Ammunition[]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 100mm BR412D APCR APCR Stock 270 400[note 1] mm 1050 m/s 5.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 100mm 3UBM8 APDS APDS Experience.png 680 300 430[note 2] mm 1415 m/s 5.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
3 100mm 3UBK4M HEAT HEAT Experience.png XXX 390 510 mm 900 m/s 5.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
4 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 3] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.15 °
  • 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[]

Type 69 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 350 mm (vs AP)
470 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 695 mm (vs AP)
750 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This MBT features basic sheet armor without any advanced components, making it vulnerable to HEAT shells and ATGMs.

Weapon[]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 100mm Type 69 Rifled Cannon Stock Stock 1.40 s 5.20 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -5.0° / 17.0°
Ammo:
100mm BR412D APCR
100mm 3UBM8 APDS
100mm 3UBK4M HEAT
7.62mm AP

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12150L-7 580 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50 km/h 13 km/h 6.83 s (0 to 32 km/h)
22.04 s (0 to Max Speed)
30.16° 10 %
NORINCO 12150L Qianghua 650 650 hp Diesel Engine Experience.png 125 Credits .png 1,960 60 km/h 25 km/h 5.49 s (0 to 32 km/h)
15.35 s (0 to Max Speed)
30.16° 10 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Smokegenerator.png
Engine Exhaust Smoke Generator
Stock Stock Provides 2 exhaust smoke charges
Recharge time: 60s
Duration: 14s
Smokegenerator.png
Upgraded Exhaust Smoke Generator
Experience.png 300 Credits .png 4,705 Provides 5 exhaust smoke charges
Recharge time: 60s
Duration: 14s
Laserrangefinder.png
Improved Coincidence Rangefinder
Experience.png 435 Credits .png 6,860 Accuracy is improved by 10%
Gunstabilizer.png
Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
Gunstabilizer.png
Upgraded Fire Control System Sensors
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
Treads01.png
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.0%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 74.6%

Footnotes[]

  1. 400 mm at 150m;
    300 mm at 500m
  2. 430 mm at 150m;
    323 mm at 500m
  3. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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