The Type 69 (Chinese: 69式; pinyin: Liùjiǔ shì) and Type 79 (Chinese: 79式; pinyin: Qījiǔ shì) are two models of Chinese main battle tanks. Both developments of the Type 59 (which was based on the Soviet T-54A), were the first independently developed main battle tanks by China. Their lineage can be seen through the distinct gap between the first and second roadwheels. Other improvements included a new engine, ballistic computers, and laser rangefinders. The more advanced Type 79 was equipped with a 105 mm rifled gun, also seen on the later Type 88 main battle tank.
The Type 79 MBT is a further development of the Type 69-II MBT with development being carried out by No 617 Factory. According to Chinese sources, the main improvements of the Type 79 MBT are in the areas of firepower, fire control, night vision equipment and communications equipment. As far as is known, the Type 79 MBT has not been exported and is no longer being marketed.
Some sources have also given the Type 79 MBT the designation of the Type 69-III with 800 vehicles being manufactured for the PLA.
As the most Chinese in-game vehicles, the Type 79 has an high number of health points, but a lack of armor. For as starter level 43, the gun doesn't deal a proper damage for it's level. The damage and reload speed combined, makes this tank more beeing a support type than assault. The turret rotation is pretty high, so enemies can't circle around you without any problems. The speed starts at level 40, which is quiet low, for an MBT.
Pros and Cons
- Upper glacis is well angled and can bouce shots, turret has excellent angling on front and rear and can reliably repel shots as well
- Typical Chinese turret rotation speed
- Reload speed is fairly quick
- Armor is pretty useless besides the front
- Alpha damage is horrible, DPM is very low
- Cannot use HEAT ammo