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Type 96B
Type 96B
Tier / Class:
9000 Gold
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
800 mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
400 / 132 / 49
Turret F/S/R:
570 / 74 / 47
Max Speed:
75 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
4.56 s
Hull Traverse:
38,84 deg/s
435 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-6 / 0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
44.94 deg/s

The Type 96B is a Chinese tier 8 Premium MBT. In Armored Warfare the Type 96B plays similarly to other Chinese MBTs, while having a more pronounced emphasis on mobility and speed. Many have likened it to a heavy light tank in terms of handling and play style. It comes with unique permanent camouflage and decals on the vehicle and higher camo values than contemporary MBTs.

The Type 96B was announced to be an upcoming premium MBT that would be appearing in update 0.23 on December 14th, 2017. On December 22nd, the vehicle was released for sale in the web shop, while being declared to be available for purchase permanently. In the following month in January of 2018, the vehicle was permanently put in the web shop for purchase by in game gold as well. Also occasionally available in custom Red Dragon camo version.

Player Recommendations[]

The Type 96B is best played like other contemporary Chinese MBTs. Use your speed and agility to put yourself into favorable positions and support your team by doing damage. If you are top tier, consider spear-heading advances with the proper caution and discretion with your speed. Also in close quarters with your ECU ability or even just getting enough of a head start, and having your driver and retrofit for ramming, you can finish off low health enemies or smash into light or medium vehicles for good chunks of damage. Try to avoid ramming vehicles heavier than yourself as that is just an unfavorable trade for you. Very hard-hitting AP rounds and speclal Tandem-HEAT ammo ensure a heavy damage output vs. heavily armoured opponents, although trading shots with other tanks is risky due to your own low armour, and HP. Exploit the 96B's fluid movement to out-manoeuvre opponents.

Pros and Cons[]


  • Premium vehicle. Increased credit and reputation earning.
  • Plays like other Chinese MBTs and as such is a very nimble MBT and packs a 125mm punch.
  • Comes with special camo and a high camo value.
  • Has ECU/engine boost ability which allows increased acceleration for a short period of time.
  • Speed, agility and ECU ability make for a good ramming vehicle.
  • Very high damage AP round.
  • Tandem-HEAT ammo penetrates Anti-HEAT armour.


  • Pays for speed with armor. Not the strongest MBT armor around.
  • Limited gun depression of only -6 degrees.
  • Not particularly accurate.

Upgrade Suggestions[]

The Type 96B is a premium and does not require research or upgrading. All components come with the vehicle as stock.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Improved Breech
  • Advanced MRS
  • Air Induction Precleaner
  • Improved Spall Liner/Survivability Kit
  • Augmented Optics

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

Commander: Freja, Viktor

Driver: Off-Road Driving, Battering Ram, Spin to Win

Gunner: Sharpshooter, Preventative Maintenance


Type 96B Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 400/132/49 Composite 570/74/47 Composite Medium 10%vsAP 65%vsCE
The Type 96B boasts a more modern modular armor on the frontal arc. The sides and rear of the vehicle are all-steel.


125mm ZPT-98A Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
125mm 125-IIM APFSDS AP Stock 700 0m 800mm 0.12° 1,700 m/s 8.55s
125mm BTJ-II HEAT HEAT Stock 630 0m 680mm 0.13° 1,100 m/s 8.55s
125mm DTB-125 HE HE Stock 600 1.5m 43mm 0.14° 850 m/s 8.55s

Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Splash Radius Flight Agility Self-Guided
GP125 ATGM HEAT Stock 550 650mm 400m/s 8.55s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 6.3rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Shanxi 12V150B 1200 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 75km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.76s {{{0-max}}} 38.84deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Type 96B Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner Stock Stock Increases vehicle HP by 250.

IFSCS-212 FCS Stock Stock Reduces aim time by 20%.

Improved Auto Loader Stock Stock Reload speed increased by 10%.

Improved Sight Stock Stock Improves overall accuracy by 10%.

Improved Thermal Sight Stock Stock Increases effectiveness of spotting through foliage by 30%.

Improved Engine Control Unit Stock Stock Improves the vehicle's acceleration on soft or difficult terrain up to a maximum of 10%.

Air Induction Precleaner Stock Stock Increases crew stats by 2%.

Improved Transmission Stock Stock Increases vehicle acceleration by 2.5% and hull traverse speed by 10%.

Improved Suspension Stock Stock Improves handling on rough terrain by 20%.

Improved Drive sprockets Stock Stock Improves the vehicle's acceleration on soft or difficult terrain by a maximum of 5%.


Type 96B Red Dragon

  • Type 96B Red Dragon


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.

See also[]

External Links[]

  • [1]Initial web shop offer
  • [2]In Development article