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The Type 96B is a Tier 8 special premium Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Main Battle Tank (Prototype)
Developed: 2015-2016
Service: 2016+
Vehicles Built: cca 12 (sources vary, some claim as many as 200)
Operators: China

The Type 96B MBT is an upgraded variant of the Type 96A. Even though both vehicles look roughly similar in shape, the Type 96B has a number of upgrades. It allegedly has improved frontal armor, equal to the newer Type 99 models. The turret also features new elements such as a different, laser rangefinder above the gun, new gun optics and a new weather sensor at the back of the turret.

These changes are connected to the presence of a new, more advanced fire control system for the 125mm smoothbore gun, making it more accurate compared to its predecessor and decreasing its reaction time. It only takes roughly 6 seconds from the discovery of the target to the first shot. The vehicle is also rumored to use brand-new APFSDS shells, capable of penetrating more than 700mm of armor at 2km. The engine part of the vehicle has also been overhauled. The original 730hp turbocharged diesel engine of the Type 96A was changed to a smaller but more powerful 150HB 8-cylinder diesel, rumored to produce anywhere between 1000hp and 1300hp. Many other smaller improvements are also present.

The Type 96B appeared in public for the first time in 2016 when it participated in the annual Tank Biathlon contest on the Alabino polygon in Russia. The event took place in July and August 2016 and China won the second place with the Type 96B and its crew only defeated by the Russian team.

Not much else is known about this new Type 96 variant, nor are there any announced plans for the Chinese military to convert its fleet of Type 96A tanks into Type 96Bs. According to some Chinese sources, the Chinese military isn’t really happy with the tank and the development of the Type 96 platform will continue.

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.
  • Trained Crew: This vehicle comes with a fully trained Level 5 crew.

Ammunition[]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 125mm Type III APFSDS APFSDS Stock 690 7700[note 1] mm 1750 m/s 7.38 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 125mm DTB-125 HE HE Stock 1030[note 2] 50 mm 850 m/s 7.38 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.16 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 1.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 125 mm
3 125mm BTJ-II HEAT HEAT-T Stock 890 925 mm 1100 m/s 7.38 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 Stock 790[note 3] 1150 mm 300 m/s 7.38 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 96B Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 835 mm (vs AP)
1115 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 1060 mm (vs AP)
1665 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite FY-5 ERA (Gen 2) 25% (vs AP)
80% (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. The 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 7.38 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -6.0° / 14.0°
Ammo:
125mm Type III APFSDS
125mm DTB-125 HE
125mm BTJ-II HEAT
GP125 ATGM
7.62mm AP

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Shanxi 12V150HB 1200 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 75 km/h 22 km/h 5.36 s (0 to 32 km/h)
30.57 s (0 to Max Speed)
36.58° 6 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner.png
Spall Liner
Stock Stock Hit points are increased by 400
Smokegrenades.png
Type 84G Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 8 charges
Takes 25s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Firecontrol.png
ISFCS-212 Fire Control System
Stock Stock Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader.png
Improved Autoloader
Stock Stock Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Gunnersight.png
Improved Gunner Optics
Stock Stock Accuracy is improved by 10%
Thermalsight.png
Improved Thermal Imager
Stock Stock Ability to spot targets behind foliage improved by 30%
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%
Enginecontrolunit.png
Improved Engine Control Unit
Stock Stock Acceleration is increased by 10%
Airconditioner.png
Air Induction Precleaner
Stock Stock Crew stats increased by 2%
Transmission.png
Improved Transmission
Stock Stock Acceleration is increased by 2.5%
Hull traverse rate is increased by 10%
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Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.4%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.1%
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Improved Suspension
Stock Stock Movement speed on off-road surfaces is increased by 20%
Drivesprocket.png
Improve Drive Sprockets
Stock Stock Acceleration is increased by 5%

Abilities[]

# Name XP Cost Stats Activation
Time
Duration Cooldown More
Info
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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. 770 mm at 150m;
    578 mm at 500m
  2. 289 for Partial Penetration;
    73 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 158 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  4. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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