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This page is about the Chinese medium tank T-34-85 Gai. For other versions, see T-34 (Family).


The Т-34-85 Gai is a rank IV Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

The T-34-85 has very poor survivability due to the fact that all 5 crews are stacked on top of each other. However, most inexperienced players that face this tank will have a hard time destroying it because they will often shoot the lower hull part of the driver hatch.


Mobility characteristics
Weight (tons) Add-on armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
32.2 N/A 61 (AB)
55 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 775 954
Realistic/Simulator 442 500
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 24.07 29.63
Realistic/Simulator 13.73 15.53


Main armament

Main article: ZiS-S-53 (85 mm)

This is where the T-34 85 Gai excels. Like any other 85 mm cannon the T-34 has, it has a really big TNT equivalent and a pretty nice penetration. Do keep in mind that you have a few different types of shell to choose from. APHE is really good because of the large amount of HE filler but lacks penetrative ability. APHEBC trades less high explosive for better penetration. Therefore, it's recommended for new tankers to use APHEBC instead of APHE or even APCR.

85 mm ZiS-S-53
Capacity Vertical
55 -5°/+22° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
Arcade 23.8 32.9  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??
Realistic 14.9 17.5  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
9.6 8.5 7.9 7.7


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
BR-365A APHEBC 135 133 125 115 106 97
BR-365K APHE 147 143 126 107 90 77
BR-365P APCR 193 187 154 120 94 74
O-365K HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
0% 50% 100%
BR-365A APHEBC 792 9.2 1.2 14.0 164 +4.0° 48°  ??° 71°
BR-365K APHE 792 9.2 1.2 14.0 73.9 -1.0° 47° 60° 65°
BR-365P APCR 1,050 4.99 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
O-365K HE 793 9.54 0.1 0.3 660 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
55  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ??


T-34-85 Gai Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X3.8 X4.0
Comparable optics  ???

Machine guns

12.7 mm DShK
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
200 (50) 600 -4°/+82° ±180°
7.62 mm DT
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

In AB, you should play this tank like any other T-34. Push because you have a pretty well-rounded tank and will generally be able to adapt to whatever situation that develops.

In RB, play this tank offensively yet carefully. Use your speed and keep up with your teammates. Your 85 mm will shred through Panthers and Tiger.

In SB, play this tank very cautiously because the optics aren't that good and most of the time you will face tanks from pretty far distances. Panthers generally have better optics than you so try to avoid encounters with Panthers or Tiger 1's.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive BR-365A
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism BR-365P
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support

Pros and cons


  • Top mounted heavy machine gun is useful against soft targets and perhaps incoming aircraft
  • Good gun, acceptable penetration when used for flanking and high one-shot kill potential
  • Has access to the BR-365P APCR round
  • Good mobility
  • 5 person crew


  • Armour is inadequate at its rank
  • May have issues penetrating some targets frontally
  • Heavy machine gun needs to reload frequently
  • Fairly tall, top machine gun makes the tank even more noticeable


The Soviet Union sold numerous T-34-85 tanks along with other vehicles to the People's Republic of China in the early 1950s since the new nation had few and often obsolete tanks in its inventory after the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War. The T-34s saw limited deployments with the People's Liberation Army during the Korean War. The history of the tank afterwards has been the subject of debate; according to some sources the PRC attempted and possibly succeeded at creating a local copy of the T-34 under a "Type 58" designation, and according to others this was never a goal, no such tanks ever existed, and only efforts to maintain and repair the T-34s were carried out. Regardless the T-34s were soon superseded by the far superior Type 59, a licensed copy of the Soviet T-54A. However, stocks of T-34s remained in the PLA inventory for a long period of time before domestic tanks were available in sufficient quantity.

T-34s in Chinese service were often upgraded to a standard referred to by some as the "Type 58". The exact details and universality of these upgrades are also nebulous, but known characteristics include a new loader's cupola capable of mounting a heavy machine gun, hardpoints on the right turret cheek for stowing away said machine gun, and a modified hinge for the rear transmission cover. Other upgrades may have been carried out as well.

The vehicle represented in War Thunder also features a splashboard welded onto the upper glacis. The "Gai" in its designation (改) means "modified" in Chinese.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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China medium tanks
  Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · T-69 II G · ZTZ96 · ZTZ96A · ZTZ99
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1 · ␗M60A3 TTS · CM11
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