Top Ten Main Battle Tanks

     Type 99 (China)

The Type 99 (Chinese: 99式; pinyin: Jiǔjiǔ shì), also known as ZTZ-99 and WZ-123, developed from the Type 98G (in turn, a development of the Type 98), is a third generation main battle tank (MBT) fielded by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. It is made to compete with other modern tanks. It is currently the most advanced MBT fielded by China.

Type Main battle tank
Place of origin  People's Republic of China
Production history
Manufacturer Norinco
Unit cost ¥ 16,000,000 Renminbi
(approx 2,600,000 USD)
Number built 700+
Weight ~54 tonnes for Type-99G
~57 tonnes for Type-99A1
~58 tonnes for Type-99A2
Length 11.0 m
Width 3.5 m
Height 2.37 m
Crew 3
Armor Classified, Al2O3, ERA, composite, with laser dazzler, soft kill defense system, hard kill defense system
125 mm smoothbore gun with ATGM capability and DU ammunition capability
Remote weapons station, Type 85 heavy machine gun, 12.7x108 mm commander's machine gun, 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun
Engine liquid-cooled diesel
1,500 hp (1,100 kW); 2,100 hp for Type 99KM
Power/weight 27.8 hp/tonne; 28 hp/tonne for Type 99KM
Suspension torsion bar
600 km (373 miles)
Speed 80 km/h (50 mph)