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The Type 96A is a Tier 7 progression Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 2000-2002
Service: 2002+
Vehicles Built: cca 1000
Operators: China

The Type 96A MBT is an upgraded variant of the older Type 96 to roughly match the Type 99 MBT. It was first officially revealed in 2006 and shown to the public in 2009 during a Beijing military parade.

What makes it most recognizable is the frontal turret arrow-shaped armor, taken from the Type 99. If reports are to be believed, the original frontal turret protection of 450mm of RHAe versus kinetic shells and 850mm versus HEAT was enhanced to some 1000mm of protection versus HEAT rounds thanks to a combination of composites and an ERA kit. The ERA blocks cover the turret sides as well, making the vehicle much more resistant to ATGMs and other HEAT-based threats. Chinese sources claim that the vehicle uses a standard 730hp 12150ZLC V12 turbocharged diesel engine, allowing it to go as fast as 57 km/h, but, given the weight increase from 41 to 43 tons, it's possible the engine was up-tuned to 800hp. The weapon system was essentially unchanged.

The tank is currently in active Chinese service, with perhaps 1000 vehicles serving in the Beijing area. It is not offered for export as it is, but an export-intended variant exists and has been offered since 2012, so far without success. The only notable action the Type 96A ever participated in was the Russian Tank Biathlon annual competition where countries competed in various disciplines, including driving and accurate fire. The Type 96A fared quite well in these trials all things considered. It came third in 2014 and second in 2015.

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-III APFSDS APFSDS Stock 660 720[note 1] mm 1700 m/s 7.90 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 125mm 125-HE-I HE HE Stock 990[note 2] 45 mm 850 m/s 7.90 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.16 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 1.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 85 mm
3 125mm BTJ-IM HEAT HEAT Stock 850 825 mm 905 m/s 7.90 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.14 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
4 GP125 ATGM ATGM Experience.png 40,523 750[note 3] 875 mm 300 m/s 7.90 s
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  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
  • Flight Agility: 40.00 deg/s
  • Self-Guided: No
5 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 4] 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 96A Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 785 mm (vs AP)
1060 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 1020 mm (vs AP)
1635 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.
FY-4 Explosive Reactive Armor Set
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Experience.png 40,523 Credits .png 512,000 785 mm (vs AP)
1060 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 1020 mm (vs AP)
1635 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite FY-4 ERA (Gen 2) 15% (vs AP)
80% (vs HEAT)
Second generation ERA kit offers excellent protection against standard HEAT rounds or warheads, and marginal protection against kinetic rounds.

Weapon[]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 125mm ZPT-98A Smoothbore Cannon Stock Stock 2.13 s 7.90 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -6.0° / 14.0°
Ammo:
125mm 125-III APFSDS
125mm 125-HE-I HE
125mm BTJ-IM HEAT
GP125 ATGM
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 6.03 s (0 to 32 km/h)
25.57 s (0 to Max Speed)
36.37° 6 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner.png
Spall Liner
Experience.png 13,508 Credits .png 128,000 Hit points are increased by 400
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 13,508 Credits .png 128,000 Comes with 8 charges
Recharge time: 25s
Duration: 10s
Firecontrol.png
ISFCS-212 Fire Control System
Experience.png 27,015 Credits .png 384,000 Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader.png
Improved Autoloader
Experience.png 40,523 Credits .png 512,000 Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Gunnersight.png
Improved Gunner Optics
Experience.png 13,508 Credits .png 128,000 Accuracy is improved by 10%
Thermalsight.png
Improved Thermal Imager
Experience.png 27,015 Credits .png 256,000 Ability to spot targets behind foliage improved by 30%
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.
Airconditioner.png
Air Induction Precleaner
Experience.png 13,508 Credits .png 128,000 Crew stats increased by 2%
Enginecontrolunit.png
Improved Engine Control Unit
Experience.png 27,015 Credits .png 256,000 Acceleration is increased by 10%
Treads01.png
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 88.6%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 74.2%
Treads02.png
Improved Tracks
Experience.png 13,508 Credits .png 128,000 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. 720 mm at 150m;
    540 mm at 500m
  2. 278 for Partial Penetration;
    70 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 150 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  4. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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