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Type 59 Jaguar Tank
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Type 59 Jaguar Tank

Type 59 Jaguar Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
1985
Type 59 Jaguar Tank
Status
Former Prototype
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Introduction

The Type 59 Jaguar Tank is a former upgrade package developed for the Type 59 Tank in a joint project between China and American Company Cadillac Gage. Its targeted market was existing or future Type 59 export clients.

Background

During the late 1980’s relations between China and the West was at its best it had been for many years, with foreign investment and the freedom of sharing technology.

Developed in the mid-1980’s, the Type 59 Jaguar represented the improved relations between China and the West, with investment and the freedom of sharing superior technology within the defence industry.

The first of the two prototypes was first publicly seen around 1988. Almost unrecognisable from the original Type 59, it featured a new appliqué armor package, 105mm rifled main gun and modern Fire Control System (new sights and wind sensor).

However, following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and the subsequent breakdown with Western relations, Cadillac Gage went on to build a second prototype and market the vehicle without China. The Type 59 Jaguar failed to attract any orders and remained at the prototype stage.

Firepower

The Jaguar was fitted with the M68 rifled 105mm main gun (as used on the M60 Patton series, which was a built version of the British L7), a 7.62mm coaxial Machine Gun and a cupola mounted 12.7mm Machine Gun. The main gun was fully stabilized and a modern Fire Control System was installed with thermal sighting equipment & sensors.

Protection

The Jaguar featured a new armor package changing the external appearance of the tank from the standard Type 59. It featured new flat angled surfaces and sloping front hull normally associated with either laminate or composite armor. Other crew safety devices may have included Fire Fighting equipment and NBC protection.

Mobility

Overall mobility was improved with a new American Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA V8 engine generating 750hp.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
105mm Rifled M68 Elevation -4 to +17
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, commanders 50 cal machine gun
Ammunition Storage
x34 105mm, x500 7.62mm?
Engine
Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA V8 750hp
Transmission
Unknown
Top Road Speed
55 km/h
Road Range
540 km
Fuel Capacity
Unknown
Vertical Obstacle
0.8m
Water Capability
1.4m
Trench Crossing
2.7m
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
30%
Length Gun Forward
9.6m
Length Hull
6m+
Width
3.13m
Height
2.62m?
Ground Clearance
Unknown
Weight
41.7 tonne combat
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Laminated, Modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver

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