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The ZTZ59D1 is a rank VI Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB) and 8.7 (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


  • Powerful 105mm gun similar to other L7-armed tanks, has access to great APFSDS only outmatched by opponents such as the Type 74 and Leopard A1A1 (L/44)
  • Equipped with ERA on the turret and upper glacis, resistant to chemical munitions
  • Hull ERA setup offers 120mm of kinetic protection
  • Has a two-plane stabilizer
  • Access to smoke grenades, night vision devices and laser rangefinder
  • Top mounted DShK heavy machine gun is helpful against light targets and aircraft
  • Rubber side skirts offer some protection from chemical munitions


  • Mobility is slightly worse than the original Type 59, quite inadequate at its match-making position
  • Turret traverse and base armor are the same as the Type 59, gun handling is painful in close quarters and APFSDS will go straight through much of the tank
  • ERA coverage is rather sparse, significant gaps around the gun and on the upper glacis
  • Slow reload
  • No wet ammo storage unlike the comparable T-55AM-1, ammo rack next to the driver is vulnerable to detonation


The Type 59 tank was the primary tank of the People's Liberation Army in the Cold War era. While reliable, easy to manufacture, and available in large numbers, the design began to show its age as time went on. Improved derivatives like the Type 69 were not used extensively by the PLA. In the 1980s the large inventory of old Type 59s was in need of modernization, but defrosting relations with the Western world around that time allowed the use and study of foreign technology, greatly aiding in the improvement of existing vehicles and development of future models. The Type 59D1 is equipped with a 105mm rifled gun based on the ubiquitous Royal Ordinance L7, a modern computerized fire-control system, passive night vision devices, and explosive reactive armor.


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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