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Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
75 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
100 / 80 / 45Hull
220 / 155 / 65Turret
42.8 tWeight
1 526 hp800 hpEngine power
36 hp/t19 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
65 km/h forward
6 km/h back
59 km/h forward
5 km/h back
125 mm Type 88C cannonMain weapon
40 roundsAmmunition
22 roundsFirst-order
7.5 sReload
-5° / 12°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm QJC88A machine gunMachinegun
500 roundsAmmunition
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
700 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 60°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm Type 86 machine gunCoaxial weapon
2 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
700 shots/minFire rate
400 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 030 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 460 / 5 525/5 620 / 8 975/2 900 / 4 631Repair
300 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 030 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
238 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage ZTZ96A.jpg

The ZTZ96A is a rank VI Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

A much-improved tank over ZTZ96 makes it more competitive especially at higher tier battles. The ZTZ-96A features a strong turret that is impenetrable to many APFSDS rounds, added ERA on upper glacis that can resist hits (both kinetic and chemical-based hits) and much needed thermal sights.

General info

Survivability and armour

The design of the turret is a further drastic departure from previous Chinese and Soviet design of dome turret. ZTZ96A have an angular arrow shape design reminiscing of the German Leopard 2A5, however, the armour stops short at the coax gun port area providing a weak spot for the enemy to exploit. Shooting this area does not usually result in an instant kill as it will only disable the gun breech and take out the commander or gunner depending on which side is shot. On the sides of the turret, a noticeable addition is a row of FY-4 ERA on the bustle rack. In the game, this additional armour doesn't yield much use as most of the time the shots are not from the sides of the turret but rather on the side of the hull where the carousel style autoloader is a well known weak spot that will result in instant ammo explosion.

As for the hull, the added FY-4 ERA on the upper glacis elevated the survivability of the tank. Even a direct shot from most APFSDS can be resisted.

The ZTZ96A have a much-improved armour over predecessor due to strengthened armour in critical areas of the tank, therefore, improving the survivability but still suffers from the same weakness as predecessor and other soviet tanks.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 65 6 42.8 1240 1,526 28.97 35.65
Realistic 59 5 708 800 16.54 18.69


Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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  • Same powerful gun with access to high-penetrating APFSDS as ZTZ96
  • Autoloader reloads the cannon even when putting out fires or replacing crew members
  • HE shell is currently the most powerful available to any high-rank MBT, can cripple or outright destroy enemies with a good shot
  • Low profile
  • Very strong turret cheeks armour
  • Strong upper glacis armour
  • Combinations of strong armour and very fast and high penetrating APFSDS makes it a good sniper
  • Roof-mounted heavy machine gun is useful against aircraft and light targets
  • Relatively-faster turret rotation speed, compared to contemporary Soviet tanks
  • Thermal Sights
  • Improved mobility over predecessor ZTZ-96


  • Mobility is below average at its rank
  • Autoloader carousel is a giant ammo rack
  • Poor reverse speed
  • Below average gun depression (-6°)
  • Only 3 crew members
  • No ATGM capability, unlike the T-64B and T-72B
  • Relatively slow reload compared to other MBT


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See also

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External links

China medium tanks
  Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · T-69 II G · CM11 · ZTZ96 · ZTZ96A
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1 · M60A3 TTS
Soviet  ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53) · Т-34-85 Gai · T-34-85 No.215 · Т-62 №545
Japanese  ␗Chi-Ha · ␗Chi-Ha Kai