Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Type 99 tank at theChina

The AType 99, also known as ZTZ-99 and WZ-123, developed from the Type 98G (in turn, a development of the Type 98), is a third generatio main battle tank  (MBT) fielded by the Chinese Army It is made to compete with other modern tanks. Although not expected to be acquired in large numbers due to its high cost compared to the more economicalType 96 , it is currently the most advanced MBT fielded by China. The ZTZ99 MBT is a successor to the Type 98 G tank manufactured for the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

The basic variant of the Type 99 series. The latest variant that is in full service is the Type 99A2 with a 1,500-[[Horsepower|hp]] water cooled [[diesel engine]] and getting re-designed at some parts. The newest in trial is the Type 99KM.

The Type 99A2 has increased armor on the turret. The self-defense laser module has been replaced by an active defensive module. The ZTZ-99A2 also installed ERA on the front and side turret. The tank hull will follow the MBT 2000 configuration instead of the previously used hull.


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