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Type 90

The Type 90 incorporates significant improvements over the Type 85, including modular composite armor, a stabilized turret, slaved targeting sight and gun, passive thermal imaging, and an autoloading, smooth bore 125mm gun capable of firing APFSDS, HEAT, and HE-FRAG rounds. With the addition of reactive armor panels, an improved laser rangefinder, and increased mobility , the Type 90-II is the most advanced Chinese main battle tankt. Although not yet in service in large quantities, the PLA has ordered about 100 Type 90-II MBTs, without advanced fire-control systems, for the parade celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the People's Republic in October 1999.

Specifications

Powerplant 8-cylinder turbocharged diesel, 1200 hp
Maximum Speed 37 mph
Weight 48 tons
Armament one 125mm smooth bore gun
one 12.7mm machine gun
one 7.62mm machine gun

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