Type 59

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Type 59
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
83 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
100 / 80 / 45Hull
200 / 155 / 65Turret
35.5 tWeight
992 hp520 hpEngine power
28 hp/t15 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
55 km/h forward
8 km/h back
50 km/h forward
7 km/h back
100 mm Type 59 cannonMain weapon
34 roundsAmmunition
8.6 / 11.2 sReload
-4° / 17°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm DShK machine gunMachinegun
250 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
50 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 60°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm SGMT machine gunCoaxial weapon
3 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
170 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
440 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7 100 / 9 137/5 280 / 6 795/3 630 / 4 671Repair
130 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
440 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
208 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png


The Type 59 is a rank V Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Main armament

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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.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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  • Powerful 100mm gun with a wide selection of ammunition, including strong HEAT-FS
  • Good frontal armor
  • Has a top-mounted heavy machine gun for use against soft targets
  • Unlike the similar Soviet T-54 (1951), the gun has a vertical stabilizer that's helpful for shoot-and-scoot tactics and landing the first shot
  • Good mobility


  • Looks very similar to the Soviet T-54, can be confused for it in Simulator Battles
  • Long reload
  • Cramped interior, when the turret is pointing forwards 3 out of 4 crew members are lined up for an easy one-shot
  • Does not have the two-plane stabilizer or night vision enjoyed by the equally-ranked Type 69
  • Sluggish turret traverse


During the early 1950s, the People's Republic of China purchased numerous tanks from the Soviet Union, such as the T-34-85 and the IS-2. Domestic industrial and engineering capabilities were quite limited at the time and the USSR agreed to assist in setting up a factory manufacturing the T-54A in China. The Chinese copies were designated "Type 59" and featured several differences from the original T-54A, such as the deletion of the night vision and possibly stabilizer systems, at least initially.

The Type 59 was produced for a long period of time in several versions, finally appearing in large numbers to completely replace the highly obsolete T-34-85 after a few decades. Though it started out as a competitive design, it became apparent that the Type 59 was in need of some upgrades after a few years. An effort to create a replacement resulted in the Type 69, but this model was not very popular with the PLA, only seeing limited domestic service. As a result the Type 59 remained the premier tank of the PLA for most of the Cold War, seeing some usage in the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979 and at Tiananmen Square in 1989. When relations with the Western world began to normalize during the late 1970s/early 1980s, foreign technologies were available for integration, resulting in numerous upgraded variants like the Type 59-I,Type-59-II, Type 59 D1, Type 59D, Jaguar, and VT-3. Soon afterwards domestic tank development accelerated and the Type 59 was superseded by more modern tanks such as the Type 80/88 series. At present the Type 59 is still present in the PLA's inventory in fairly large quantities, but has been gradually relegated to reserve and training purposes, with more and more units being equipped with far superior Type 96 and Type 99 main battle tanks.

Like the original T-54/55 series, the Type 59 was a popular export item. It was used by the North Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War alongside its Soviet counterpart. It remains in use with countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iran, often in heavily upgraded form. Chinese companies still offer comprehensive upgrades and conversions of the Type 59 for export customers.


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

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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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