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The Type 96 is a Tier 6 progression Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1996
Service: 1997+
Vehicles Built: cca 1000
Operators: China, Sudan (allegedly)

The Type 96 Main Battle Tank is the ultimate evolution of the second generation of Chinese MBTs, which included the Type 80, Type 88 and Type 85 tanks. It is mostly a Chinese domestic vehicle that, however, started with a design called Type 85-III.

The Type 85-III was the last step in the Type 85 export line. The prototype was developed based on the Type 85-IIM export version for Pakistan. It was developed in 1993 by NORINCO and featured a large number of improvements, including but not limited to a more powerful 1000hp diesel engine, a new transmission of the same type the T-72 used and a new ERA kit. It was offered starting from 1994, but the attempt to export it was unsuccessful. In 1995, it was competing against Ukraine's T-80UD MBT in Pakistan but lost due to being a prototype only while the T-80UD was already mass-produced at the time. As a result of this failure, the promotion of Type 85-III was basically dropped. On the other hand, the developers were quite happy with the tank, claiming that in combat value it was on par with the Russian T-80 and T-90 series.

In 1991, the Chinese military underwent a massive shock in the form of the absolute decimation of Iraqi forces by the Americans during the Gulf War. As a result, the development of a new, third generation Main Battle Tank was accelerated, but such things take time. Aware of the increasing delays, the Chinese turned to possibly the best armored vehicle they had developed, the Type 85-III prototype. In 1996, the design was officially approved as the Type 96 Main Battle Tank, although it was somewhat downgraded to ensure the highest reliability possible. Thus, the original Type 96 resembled the Type 85-IIM more than it did the Type 85-III. It did have its welded turret and an automatically loaded 125mm gun, but it lacked ERA and the 1000hp up-tuned engine.

After successfully passing the state tests, the initial production of the Type 96 started in 1997 and ran roughly until 2005 with around 2000 vehicles produced (although a half of it consisted of the modernized Type 96Avariant). At this moment, the People’s Liberation Army is estimated to still operate around 1000 tanks of this older type. As a side note, despite the vehicle being intended for domestic use, an unknown number (perhaps two dozen) of them found its way to Sudan, possibly around 2006 to 2007. There, they allegedly participated in government service in the fighting against South Sudanese forces, knocking out several T-72 tanks.

Vehicle Traits[]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • Engine Boost: This vehicle's engine rev limiter can be overridden to significantly increase speed and acceleration for a short period of time.

Ammunition[]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 125mm 125-II APFSDS APFSDS Stock 630 695[note 1] mm 1750 m/s 9.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.12 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 125mm 125-HE-I HE HE Stock 945[note 2] 45 mm 850 m/s 9.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.15 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 1.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 85 mm
3 125mm BTJ-IM HEAT HEAT Experience.png 27,030 810 590 mm 905 m/s 9.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • 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 96 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 610 mm (vs AP)
825 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 915 mm (vs AP)
1190 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This MBT's front is protected by composite armor. Composite armor consists of combined layers of steel and other material and offers excellent protection against HEAT shells and ATGMs. Its steel sides and rear are considerably more vulnerable.

Weapon[]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 125mm WA321G Smoothbore Cannon Stock Stock 2.13 s 9.00 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -6.0° / 14.0°
Ammo:
125mm 125-II AP
125mm 125-HE-I HE
125mm BTJ-IM HEAT
7.62mm AP

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12150ZLC 1000 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 65 km/h 22 km/h 4.46 s (0 to 32 km/h)
20.61 s (0 to Max Speed)
33.65° 6 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner.png
Spall Liner
Experience.png 6,758 Credits .png 64,000 Hit points are increased by 300
Smokegrenades.png
Type 84 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 4 charges
Recharge time: 35s
Duration: 10s
Smokegrenades.png
Type 84G Smoke Grenades
Experience.png 6,758 Credits .png 64,000 Comes with 8 charges
Recharge time: 25s
Duration: 10s
Firecontrol.png
ISFCS-212 Fire Control System
Experience.png 20,273 Credits .png 256,000 Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader.png
Improved Autoloader
Experience.png 20,273 Credits .png 256,000 Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Gunnersight.png
Improved Gunner Sight
Experience.png 13,515 Credits .png 192,000 Accuracy is improved by 10%
Gunstabilizer.png
ImprovedGun 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.
Transmission.png
Improved Transmission
Experience.png 20,273 Credits .png 256,000 Acceleration is increased by 2.5%
Hull traverse rate is increased by 10%
Enginecontrolunit.png
Improved Engine Control Unit
Experience.png 6,758 Credits .png 64,000 Acceleration is increased by 5%
Treads01.png
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 88.6%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 74.2%
Treads02.png
Improved Tracks
Experience.png 13,515 Credits .png 192,000 Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.4%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.1%

Abilities[]

# Name XP Cost Stats Activation
Time
Duration Cooldown More
Info
Override Ability Override.png
Override
Stock Acceleration: +200%
Max Speed: +5%
Handling: +100%
N/A 8 s 53 s
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Description:
Temporarily improves your vehicle's acceleration and maximum speed. This ability also makes you lose less speed during sharp turns.

Conditions:
No conditions bound to this ability.

Footnotes[]

  1. 695 mm at 150m;
    522 mm at 500m
  2. 265 for Partial Penetration;
    67 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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