Type 63-I

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Type 63-I
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
11 / 13 / 10Hull
11 / 0 / 0Turret
18.7 tWeight
71 km/h forward
10 km/h back
63 km/h forward
9 km/h back
85 mm Type-62-85-TC cannonMain weapon
47 roundsAmmunition
-4° / 20°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm SGMT machine gunCoaxial weapon
3 200 roundsAmmunition
250 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
78 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
230 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8 100 / 11 153/6 600 / 9 088/3 400 / 4 681Repair
65 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
230 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
990 Ge icon.pngAces
× (184) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle


The Type 63-I is a rank IV Chinese light tank with a battle rating of 6.3 (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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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Same 85mm gun as the Type 62, more powerful and less frustrating to use than that of the preceding PT-76
  • Has access to 300mm penetration HEAT-FS, excellent for the battle rating
  • 4 crew members
  • Improved mobility from the PT-76
  • Can scout and assist with repairs


  • No stabilizer, firing on the move or on water is difficult
  • Very thin armor, turret armor is even worse than the PT-76
  • Slow turret traverse and elevation/depression speeds
  • Slow reload
  • No night vision devices
  • May be confused for the PT-76 at a glance


The Soviet Union delivered PT-76 tanks to the People's Republic of China in the 1950s. Their light weight and amphibious capability were appreciated by the PLA, and in 1958 an order was placed for the development of an indigenous vehicle in the same vein. While resembling the PT-76, the Type 63 tanks featured notable differences, such as a new engine, a relocated driver's station, and a new turret with an 85mm gun. Overall dimensions were slightly enlarged for extra flotation.

The improved Type 63-I variant boasted a more powerful engine. Additional upgrades were developed over the years, and in the late 1990s the ultimate Type 63A variant entered service, featuring a new turret, a 105mm gun, and modern fire control systems.


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See also

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China light tanks
  ZBD86 · Type 62 · Type 63-I
American  ␗M8 LAC · ␗M3A3 Stuart · ␗M5A1 · ␗M24
Soviet  ␗T-26 mod. 1939 · T-26 No.531 · ␗PT-76
Japanese  ␗Type 97 Chi-Ha Kai