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The Type 79 is a Tier 3 progression Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1981-1983
Service: 1986+
Vehicles Built: 300-800 (sources vary)
Operators: China

The Type 79 Main Battle Tank is the ultimate mass-produced evolution of the Type 69. The Type 79 MBT starts where the Type 69 left off. In the late 1970s and the early 1980s, a significant improvement to the relationships between China and the United States of America took place, which gave the former the access to many western technologies. One of the top items on the Chinese shopping list was the famous British Royal Ordnance 105mm L7 rifled tank cannon. Widely used by NATO in one form or another, it was a weapon to be reckoned with, completely outclassing the old generation of Soviet T-54/55 Main Battle Tanks. Naturally, since the Type 59 and Type 69 both were based on the Type 59 MBT, which in turn was a T-54A copy, the Chinese were very keen on obtaining the weapon for themselves and to arm their tanks with something similar.

And so, in the late 1970s, they managed to set up a bogus Austrian trade company and purchase at least one of these guns for themselves. This approach would not work for the much closely guarded 120mm smoothbore but for the time being, the Chinese were satisfied. The gun was wrapped up, shipped to China and promptly examined and copied by the Chinese experts from NORINCO. The result was a weapon called Type 83 rifled cannon, roughly comparable in performance to the L7. It was immediately integrated into the Type 69-II MBT, resulting in a variant called Type 69-III. Apart from the gun, the vehicle remained mostly the same, including its steel-only armor.

Three prototypes were built and tested between 1981 and 1984. The tests were successful and proved that the vehicle was ready for mass-production, which started in 1984. It appeared in public for the first time on October 1, 1984 during the 35th National Day of the People's Republic of China military parade in Beijing but it took fourteen more months before the tank was formally accepted in service in January 1986 under the name of Type 79. Unlike the Type 69-II, the Type 79 was not exported and was produced in limited number for domestic use. It was never widespread, however, and the production numbers are estimated to be between 300 and 800 vehicles, some of which remain in service to this day, used mostly by reserve units.

Vehicle Traits[]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • 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
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 105mm 105-I APDS APDS Stock 340 430[note 1] mm 1420 m/s 6.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 105mm 105-IDU APDS APDS Experience.png 2,170 370 505[note 2] mm 1425 m/s 6.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
3 105mm 105-HEP-I HEP Stock 300 370 mm 732 m/s 6.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.11 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 35 %
  • Spall Threshold: 126 mm
4 105mm 105-HEAT-I HEAT Experience.png 1,890 480 600 mm 1115 m/s 6.20 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
5 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 79 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 430 mm (vs AP)
580 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 745 mm (vs AP)
805 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 105mm ZPT-83 Rifled Cannon Stock Stock 1.50 s 6.20 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -6.0° / 18.0°
Ammo:
105mm 105-IB APDS
105mm 105-IDU APDS
105mm 105-HEP-I
105mm 105-HEAT-I
7.62mm AP

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12150L-7BW 580 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50 km/h 13 km/h 6.86 s (0 to 32 km/h)
18.81 s (0 to Max Speed)
30.11° 10 %
NORINCO 12150L-7BWA 580 hp Diesel Engine Experience.png 300 Credits .png 5,685 50 km/h 13 km/h 6.86 s (0 to 32 km/h)
19.01 s (0 to Max Speed)
35.06° 10 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
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Type 84 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 4 charges
Recharge time: 35s
Duration: 10s
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Type 84G Smoke Grenades
Experience.png 720 Credits .png 13,640 Comes with 8 charges
Recharge time: 25s
Duration: 10s
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Improved Fire Control System
Experience.png 1,005 Credits .png 19,180 Aiming time is reduced by 20%
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TCRLA Laser Rangefinder
Experience.png 1,310 Credits .png 24,860 Accuracy is improved by 10%
Autoloader.png
Improved Loading Mechanism
Experience.png 3,405 Credits .png 64,635 Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Gunstabilizer.png
Upgraded Fire Control System Sensors
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
Gunstabilizer.png
Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
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Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 88.8%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 74.4%

Footnotes[]

  1. 430 mm at 150m;
    323 mm at 500m
  2. 505 mm at 150m;
    379 mm at 500m
  3. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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