Type 69

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Type 69
Type 69
Details
Tier / Class:
2 MBT
Nation:
China
Dealer:
Zhang Feng
Reputation:
7,200
Cost:
12,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
400 (408)
DPM:
2,474 (2,816)
Penetration:
225 (250) mm
Hit Points:
2,195
Hull F/S/R:
100 / 80 / 45
Turret F/S/R:
200 / 160 / 65
Max Speed:
49.68 (52.20) km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
8.47 (7.63) s
Hull Traverse:
23.00 (25.40) deg/s
Camouflage:
15%
Vision:
385 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.15°
Max Cannon Depression:
-6.0 / -5.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
15.00 deg/s

The Type 69 is a tier 2 Main Battle Tank originating from China. It is sold by Zhang Feng and leads to the Type 79.

This vehicle is unlocked in the Chinese Tank line after the Type 62, and is the first MBT in the tree.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Heavy armor: this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits.
  • Smoke generators: generate a smoke screen around the vehicle.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

This tank is best played as a formidable hull down vehicle that lacks the mobility to exploit breakthroughs. Within its tier, it is the least mobile of the MBTs, but makes up for this with strong turret armor.

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • High alpha

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Lowest acceleration and top speed of the T2 MBTs
  • Poor hull armor
  • Poor hull and turret traverse

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

Upgrading to the 12150L-7BW Diesel Engine boosts agility, increasing the overall mobility and lethality. The Improved Laser Rangefinder increases gun accuracy and leads to improved APDS and HEAT shells. Improved Ready Racks will increase fire rate, allowing the vehicle to more effectively play as a defensive lynchpin.

Retrofit Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Advanced Fire Control
  • Augmented Optics
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit
  • Improved Spall Liner

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Commander: Juan Carlos, to improve the aim speed and crew stats
  • Driver: Spin to Win, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Do the Twist
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells/Preparation

Armor[edit | edit source]

Type 69 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock 12000 100/80/45 Steel 200/160/65 Steel None
The Type 69 is a modified version of the Type 59, which itself is a Chinese variant of the T-54A. The hull armor is vulnerable to large caliber shells, but at a distance the frontal turret armor is effectively protected against incoming enemy fire.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

100mm Type 59 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
100mm BR412D APCR AP Stock 400 0m 225mm 0.17° 1,050 m/s 9.70s
100mm 3UBM8 APDS AP 680 408 0m 250mm 0.17° 1,415 m/s 9.70s
100mm 3UBK4 HEAT HEAT Stock 408 0m 300mm 0.17° 900 m/s 9.70s


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12150L Diesel Engine Stock Stock 49.68km/h {{{reverse}}} 8.29s {{{0-max}}} 23.00deg/s {{{firechance}}}


NORINCO 12150L-7BW Diesel Engine 125 1,960 52.20km/h {{{reverse}}} 7.59s {{{0-max}}} 25.40deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Type 69
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Upgraded Exhaust Smoke 300 4,705 Provides a total of five exhaust smoke deployments on an eighty second cooldown between uses.


Improved Laser Rangefinder 435 6,860 Reduces aim time by 20%


Improved Ready Racks 1,170 18,370 Increases reload speed by 10%.


History[edit | edit source]

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.

See also[edit | edit source]