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{{Specs-Card|code=cn_pt_76}}
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} Chinese light tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.91 "Night Vision"]].
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} Chinese light tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.91 "Night Vision"]].
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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{{Specs-Tank-Armour}}
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This vehicle has next to no armor due to his amphibious abilities and can be easily destroyed even by heavier machine guns.
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'''Armour type:'''
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* Rolled homogeneous armour
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* Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
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{| class="wikitable"
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!Armour
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!Front
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!Sides
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!Rear
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!Roof
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|-
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|Hull
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|10 mm (80°) ''Top''
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13 mm (44°) ''Bottom''
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|13 mm ''Top''
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10 mm ''Bottom''
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|6 mm (1°) ''Top''
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6 mm (46°) ''Bottom''
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|6 mm
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|-
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|Turret
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|15 mm (32-35°) ''Turret front''
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15 mm (19-32°) ''Gun mantlet''
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|15 mm (35°)
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|15 mm (34-35°)
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|6 mm
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|-
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!Armour
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!Sides
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!Roof
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|-
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|Cupola
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|10 mm
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|6 mm
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|}
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'''Notes:'''
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* Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick.
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* Tracks are 15 mm thick.
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Almost every tank in the game will be able to destroy the PT-76 with relative ease due to its ultra-thin armour. Avoid tanks with access to heavy machine guns on their turrets such as most American tanks, the [[IS-2 (1944)|IS-2 1944]], etc. This vehicle has next to no armour due to its amphibious abilities and can be easily destroyed even by machine guns.
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Also, keep well clear of enemy SPAA. 12.7 mm guns and above will absolutely wreck this tank. In particular, the Wirbelwind is a significant threat. It has good penetration at range and will literally saturate the vehicle with autocannon shells. Just a short burst from the quad 20 mm guns will finish the PT-76 off.
  
 
=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
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{{Specs-Tank-Mobility}}
 
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{{tankMobility|abMinHp= 372|rbMinHp= 212}}
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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{{Specs-Economy}}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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{{Specs-Tank-Armaments}}
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
''Give the reader information about the characteristics of the main gun. Assess its effectiveness in a battle based on the reloading speed, ballistics and the power of shells. Do not forget about the flexibility of the fire, that is how quickly the cannon can be aimed at the target, open fire on it and aim at another enemy. Add a link to the main article on the gun: <code><nowiki>{{main|Name of the weapon}}</nowiki></code>. Describe in general terms the ammunition available for the main gun. Advise about how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage.''
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{{Specs-Tank-Weapon|1}}
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{{main|D-56T (76 mm)}}
  
=== Additional armament ===
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
''Some tanks are armed with several guns in one or more turrets. Evaluate the additional weaponry and give advice on its use. Describe the ammunition available for additional weaponry. Give advice on about how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage. If there is no additional weaponry remove this subsection.''
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|-
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! colspan="5" | [[D-56T (76 mm)|76 mm D-56T]] || colspan="5" | Turret rotation speed (°/s) || colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
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! Mode !! Capacity !! Vertical !! Horizontal !! Stabilizer
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! Stock !! Upgraded !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
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! Stock !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
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! ''Arcade''
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| rowspan="2" | 40 || rowspan="2" | -4°/+31° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | N/A || 16.2 || 22.4 || 27.2 || 30.1 || 32.0 || rowspan="2" | 11.83 || rowspan="2" | 10.47 || rowspan="2" | 9.65 || rowspan="2" | 9.10
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|-
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! ''Realistic''
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| 10.1 || 11.9 || 14.5 || 16.0 || 17.0
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|-
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|}
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==== Ammunition ====
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
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|-
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
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! colspan="6" | '''Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)'''
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|-
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
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| BR-354N || APCR || 152 || 148 || 129 || 109 || 92 || 78
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|-
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| 53-BR-354 || APHE || 98 || 96 || 88 || 79 || 71 || 63
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|-
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| BK-354M || HEATFS || 200 || 200 || 200 || 200 || 200 || 200
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|-
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| OF-350M || HE || 10 || 10 || 10 || 10 || 10 || 10
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|-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="10" | Shell details
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|-
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
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! rowspan="2" | Velocity<br>(m/s)
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! rowspan="2" | Projectile<br>Mass (kg)
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse delay<br>(m)
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse sensitivity<br>(mm)
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! rowspan="2" | Explosive Mass<br>(TNT equivalent) (g)
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! colspan="3" | Ricochet
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|-
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! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
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|-
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| BR-354N || APCR || 950 || 3.3 || N/A || N/A || N/A || 66° || 70° || 72°
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| 53-BR-354 || APHE || 662 || 6.3 || 1.2 || 14 || 49.28 || 47° || 60° || 65°
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| BK-354M || HEATFS || 700 || 7 || 0.05 || 0.1 || 1,140 || 65° || 72° || 77°
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|-
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| OF-350M || HE || 680 || 6.2 || 0.05 || 0.1 || 621 || 79° || 80° || 81°
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|-
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|}
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==== [[Ammo racks]] ====
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[[File:Ammoracks_PT-76B.png|right|thumb|x250px|[[Ammo racks]] of the {{PAGENAME}}]]
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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! Full<br>ammo
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! 1st<br>rack empty
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! 2nd<br>rack empty
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! 3rd<br>rack empty
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! Visual<br>discrepancy
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|-
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| '''40''' || 15&nbsp;''(+25)'' || 3&nbsp;''(+37)'' || 1&nbsp;''(+39)'' || Yes
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|-
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|}
  
 
=== Machine guns ===
 
=== Machine guns ===
''Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.''
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{{main|SGMT (7.62 mm)}}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
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|-
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! colspan="5" | [[SGMT (7.62 mm)|7.62 mm SGMT]]
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! Mount !! Capacity (Belt) !! Fire rate !! Vertical !! Horizontal
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| Coaxial || 1,000 (250) || 600 || N/A || N/A
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|-
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|}
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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Since the PT-76 doesn't have much armour, avoid directly confronting enemy tanks. In order to defeat heavy/medium tanks, watch them and fire when they are not aiming or focusing on you. Use the light tank's manoeuvrability and fire rate to deliver pin-point hits onto the enemy's flanks, then retreat back in to cover before they can get a fix on the firing location. The PT-76 is also helpful in scouting enemy positions for its allies so they can bring in more firepower. As previously mentioned, this tank does not have the armour nor the crew to take on enemies head-on, so try to remain stealthy. It functions great as a scout tank in [[Simulator Battles]].
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While the PT-76 has amphibious capabilities, it is not necessary to use them all the time. Keep in mind that the PT-76 can only go about 10 km/h in the water, so utilize the ability to travel on land as well. Instead, use the water to make an escape or take a shortcut. As an example, drive into the water if an enemy has spotted you, and take cover behind an off-shore rock. Driving through a river to flank the enemy is also possible if a bridge is not nearby. Take caution that reversing in the water is slow, if not nonexistent, which may get the PT-76 stuck if driven into an obstacle. Also make sure to check the map, as some maps like ''Eastern Europe'' have rivers with no way to get back onto land, or at least not many.
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Otherwise, avoid directly confronting an enemy. Instead, take cover and scout. Another good tactic to use is watching the enemy - find a spot where they can't engage you and watch them. Wait for the right moment; when the enemy is reloading, aiming somewhere else, not noticing the PT-76, is attacking an ally, etc, quickly check to make sure no other enemy can target you and send a shell towards your enemy! Try to snipe at the enemy, but make sure to avoid '''all''' enemy fire, as all tanks can penetrate the PT-76's armour (even the [[GAZ-AAA (4M)]] technically has enough penetration to get through the tank's rear armour!).
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The amphibious capabilities are a huge helper to the vehicle, allowing it to reach unusual sniper areas that vehicles without said capabilities could not reach (e.g. hiding behind the rocks near the jetty on Normandy). Make sure to relocate after knocking out enemies or being spotted, however, as they will know the PT-76's location and likely broadcast it to other players, most often resulting in the PT-76 being destroyed.
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The HEAT-FS shell is powerful in terms of penetration, but the post-penetration damage is lacking compared to other Soviet shells. Not to say that the BK-350M is weak (it's actually quite amazing for a HEAT shell), but oftentimes, 2 or more shots will be needed to destroy an enemy, particularly the more spacey vehicles like the Tiger 1 and Panther. It would be wise, therefore, to look up crew and module locations on enemy vehicles in order to make your shots as lethal as possible.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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{{main|PT-76B#History|l1=History of the PT-76}}
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The People's Republic of China (PRC) received a number of PT-76 amphibious light tanks from the Soviet Union in the 1950s.
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In 1958, the PLA decided to design an amphibious light tank of their own based off the PT-76. The first prototype, known as the WZ-221 or Type 60, was tested in 1959 and the final design was approved in December 1963. The final design had the factory designation WZ-211 and entered production as the Type 63. Upgraded variants of the Type 63 are still in service with the PLA as of 2021.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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{{Youtube-gallery|YYkmREFrcC0|'''PT 76 - No Expert Crew Challenge''' - ''Napalmratte''|SJoW-2_6J6o|'''Amphibious tanks'''  discusses the {{PAGENAME}} at 4:38  - ''War Thunder Official Channel''}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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* ''reference to the series of the vehicles;''
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* ''reference to the series of the vehicles;''
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;Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
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* [[PT-76B]]
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;Other vehicles of similar configuration and role
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* [[Type 63-I]]
  
 
== External links ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
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* [[wikipedia:PT-76|[Wikipedia] PT-76]]
* ''encyclopedia page on the tank;''
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* [https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/USSR/soviet_PT-76.php <nowiki>[Tanks Encyclopedia]</nowiki> PT-76 light tank (1952)]
* ''other literature.''
 
  
 
{{China light tanks}}
 
{{China light tanks}}

Latest revision as of 16:54, 13 April 2021

RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
cn_pt_76.png
GarageImage PT-76 (China).jpg
␗PT-76
AB RB SB
5.3 5.3 5.3
Class:
Research:40 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:150 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
Show in game

Description

The ␗PT-76 is a rank III Chinese light tank with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull13 / 10 / 6
Turret15 / 15 / 15
Crew3 people
Visibility75 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm (80°) Top

13 mm (44°) Bottom

13 mm Top

10 mm Bottom

6 mm (1°) Top

6 mm (46°) Bottom

6 mm
Turret 15 mm (32-35°) Turret front

15 mm (19-32°) Gun mantlet

15 mm (35°) 15 mm (34-35°) 6 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 10 mm 6 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick.
  • Tracks are 15 mm thick.

Almost every tank in the game will be able to destroy the PT-76 with relative ease due to its ultra-thin armour. Avoid tanks with access to heavy machine guns on their turrets such as most American tanks, the IS-2 1944, etc. This vehicle has next to no armour due to its amphibious abilities and can be easily destroyed even by machine guns.

Also, keep well clear of enemy SPAA. 12.7 mm guns and above will absolutely wreck this tank. In particular, the Wirbelwind is a significant threat. It has good penetration at range and will literally saturate the vehicle with autocannon shells. Just a short burst from the quad 20 mm guns will finish the PT-76 off.

Mobility

Amphibious
The design allows you to swim and control movement in the water
Speedforward / back
AB49 / 8 km/h
RB and SB44 / 7 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight14.0 t
Engine power
AB458 hp
RB and SB240 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB32.7 hp/t
RB and SB17.1 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 49 8 14 372 458 26.57 32.71
Realistic 44 7 212 240 15.14 17.14

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 280 → 1 991 Sl icon.png
RB1 800 → 2 800 Sl icon.png
SB1 600 → 2 489 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications34 700 Rp icon.png
74 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training43 000 Sl icon.png
Experts150 000 Sl icon.png
Aces550 Ge icon.png
Research Aces390 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 130 / 160 % Sl icon.png
154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement cn.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
76mm_ussr_AP_53_ammo_pack
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
76mm_ussr_HEAT_53_ammo_pack
Research:
1 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 800 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

76 mm D-56T cannon
Ammunition40 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
11.8 → 9.1 s
Vertical guidance-4° / 31°
Main article: D-56T (76 mm)
76 mm D-56T Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 40 -4°/+31° ±180° N/A 16.2 22.4 27.2 30.1 32.0 11.83 10.47 9.65 9.10
Realistic 10.1 11.9 14.5 16.0 17.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
BR-354N APCR 152 148 129 109 92 78
53-BR-354 APHE 98 96 88 79 71 63
BK-354M HEATFS 200 200 200 200 200 200
OF-350M HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
BR-354N APCR 950 3.3 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
53-BR-354 APHE 662 6.3 1.2 14 49.28 47° 60° 65°
BK-354M HEATFS 700 7 0.05 0.1 1,140 65° 72° 77°
OF-350M HE 680 6.2 0.05 0.1 621 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the PT-76 (China)
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
40 15 (+25) (+37) (+39) Yes

Machine guns

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: SGMT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm SGMT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,000 (250) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Since the PT-76 doesn't have much armour, avoid directly confronting enemy tanks. In order to defeat heavy/medium tanks, watch them and fire when they are not aiming or focusing on you. Use the light tank's manoeuvrability and fire rate to deliver pin-point hits onto the enemy's flanks, then retreat back in to cover before they can get a fix on the firing location. The PT-76 is also helpful in scouting enemy positions for its allies so they can bring in more firepower. As previously mentioned, this tank does not have the armour nor the crew to take on enemies head-on, so try to remain stealthy. It functions great as a scout tank in Simulator Battles.

While the PT-76 has amphibious capabilities, it is not necessary to use them all the time. Keep in mind that the PT-76 can only go about 10 km/h in the water, so utilize the ability to travel on land as well. Instead, use the water to make an escape or take a shortcut. As an example, drive into the water if an enemy has spotted you, and take cover behind an off-shore rock. Driving through a river to flank the enemy is also possible if a bridge is not nearby. Take caution that reversing in the water is slow, if not nonexistent, which may get the PT-76 stuck if driven into an obstacle. Also make sure to check the map, as some maps like Eastern Europe have rivers with no way to get back onto land, or at least not many.

Otherwise, avoid directly confronting an enemy. Instead, take cover and scout. Another good tactic to use is watching the enemy - find a spot where they can't engage you and watch them. Wait for the right moment; when the enemy is reloading, aiming somewhere else, not noticing the PT-76, is attacking an ally, etc, quickly check to make sure no other enemy can target you and send a shell towards your enemy! Try to snipe at the enemy, but make sure to avoid all enemy fire, as all tanks can penetrate the PT-76's armour (even the GAZ-AAA (4M) technically has enough penetration to get through the tank's rear armour!).

The amphibious capabilities are a huge helper to the vehicle, allowing it to reach unusual sniper areas that vehicles without said capabilities could not reach (e.g. hiding behind the rocks near the jetty on Normandy). Make sure to relocate after knocking out enemies or being spotted, however, as they will know the PT-76's location and likely broadcast it to other players, most often resulting in the PT-76 being destroyed.

The HEAT-FS shell is powerful in terms of penetration, but the post-penetration damage is lacking compared to other Soviet shells. Not to say that the BK-350M is weak (it's actually quite amazing for a HEAT shell), but oftentimes, 2 or more shots will be needed to destroy an enemy, particularly the more spacey vehicles like the Tiger 1 and Panther. It would be wise, therefore, to look up crew and module locations on enemy vehicles in order to make your shots as lethal as possible.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good mobility, amphibious
  • Powerful HEAT-FS round
  • Has access to Scouting
  • Low profile
  • Much better gun elevation/depression speed than the Soviet PT-76B

Cons:

  • Lacks the two-plane stabilizer of the Soviet PT-76B, hard to fire on the move or in water
  • Very poor armour, vulnerable to heavy machine gunfire
  • Stock APCR round has disappointing angled performance and post-penetration damage
  • Slow reload
  • Easy target for aircraft
  • Can be hull-broken
  • Looks very similar to the Soviet PT-76B (gun barrel is slightly different), can be confused for it in Simulator Battles

History

Main article: History of the PT-76

The People's Republic of China (PRC) received a number of PT-76 amphibious light tanks from the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

In 1958, the PLA decided to design an amphibious light tank of their own based off the PT-76. The first prototype, known as the WZ-221 or Type 60, was tested in 1959 and the final design was approved in December 1963. The final design had the factory designation WZ-211 and entered production as the Type 63. Upgraded variants of the Type 63 are still in service with the PLA as of 2021.

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

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China light tanks
  Type 63-I · Type 62 · ZBD86 · PTL02
American  ␗M8 LAC · ␗M3A3 Stuart · ␗M5A1 · ␗M24 · ␗M18
Soviet  ␗T-26 · T-26 No.531 · ␗PT-76