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ZTZ96 Type 96 Main battle tank
 
 
 
ZTZ96A Type 96A 96G main battle tank technical data sheet information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification heavy tracked armoured vehicle ZTZ96G
 
Description

The ZTZ96 A/G main battle tank was first revealed in 2006. The ZTZ96A was showed for the first time to the public, during the military parade at Beijing in 2009. The ZTZ96A is a modified version with add-on armor modules and explosive reactive armor, similar to the Type 99's. Its internal electronics may also have been upgraded to Type 99 standard.

 
Variants
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Technical Data
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Armament

The main armament of the ZTZ96A or Type 96A is composed with a smoothbore 125 mm gun with autoloader of Russian 2A46M design. Auxiliary weapons include one 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, with a maximum fire-range of 1,800 m and a fire rate of 250 rounds/min. A 12.7-mm/50-calibre anti-aircraft machine gun is mounted on the command cupola, with a maximum fire-range of 2,000 m. To complete its armament, the ZTZ96A - Type 96A is equipped with six smoke grenade launchers, mounted on each side of the turret.

Design and protection
The hull and the turret of the ZTZ96A are of all-welded steel armour construction. ZTZ96A variant features arrow-shaped spaced add-on armour modules, which replaced the original vertically faced front armour on the basic variant ZTZ96. Two arrow-shaped spaced add-on armour modules are added to the front of the turret, and explosive reaction armour (ERA) plates are mounted on the front hull and the storage rack on the rear of the turret. The gunner's sight on the ZTZ96A is fitted with a thermal imaging system (TIS).
Mobility
The ZTZ96A tank is powered by a liquid-cooled 1,000hp diesel engine, providing a power to weight ratio of about 24.1hp/t. Wheels and tracks are protected by rubber hull skirts. Suspension is of the conventional torsion bar type and there are six rubber-tyred road wheels on each side, with the drive sprocket at the rear and idler at the front.
Accessories
Tank crew of ZTZ96A is protected by a over-pressure collective NBC protection and a fully automatic fire/explosion suppression system. The standard version of the ZTZ96A or Type 96A is equipped with a snorkel. The snorkel system allows the tank to cross water obstacles up to 5 meters, after some preparation of the crew. The export variant of the ZTZ96G also features a passive countermeasures system similar to the Russian Shtora-1, which is mounted on the Russian T-80 and T-90 series and the Ukrainian T-84. The two box-shape on either side of the turret are electro-optical jammers designed to jams the enemy's semiautomatic command to line of sight (SACLOS) antitank guided missiles, laser rangefinders and target designators.
 
Specifications
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Armament
One 125 mm gun, one 12,7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun, one 7,62 mm coaxial machine gun.
Country user
China
Company Designer
China Northern Industries Group Corporation
Accessories
Receive/transmit, telephone, laser communications and IFF, over-presure NBC protection, automatic fire suppression system
Crew
3 soldiers
Armor
Ballistic protection and ERA armor.
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Weight
42,800 kg
Speed
65 km/h on road
Range
400 km, 600 km with external fuel tanks
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Dimensions
Length: 11.65m; Height: 2.30m; Width: 3.30m
 
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ZTZ96A Type 96A 96G main battle tank technical data sheet information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification heavy tracked armoured vehicle ZTZ96G
 
ZTZ96A Type 96A 96G main battle tank technical data sheet information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification heavy tracked armoured vehicle ZTZ96G
ZTZ96A Type 96A 96G main battle tank technical data sheet information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification heavy tracked armoured vehicle ZTZ96G

 

ZTZ96A Type 96A 96G main battle tank technical data sheet information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification heavy tracked armoured vehicle ZTZ96G

ZTZ96A Type 96A 96G main battle tank technical data sheet information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification heavy tracked armoured vehicle ZTZ96G
 
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