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In China spotted upgrade version of ZTZ96A main battle tank

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In China was spotted upgrade version of ZTZ96A main battle tank. The new version of ZTZ96A main battle tank have new engine and fire control system. According to Chinese sources, the new tank was named ZTZ96B.

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.

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.



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