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Type 59G Tank
China

Type 59G Tank

Type 59G Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
2009
Type 59G Tank
Status
In Service
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Introduction

The Type 59G Tank is an upgrade package offered by The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) for the Chinese Type 59 medium tank.

The vehicle features improved armored protection, increased lethality and accuracy as well as increased mobility. It’s currently in service with Bangladesh and Tanzania. There is limited information released by Norinco on the upgrade and this has generated a lot of miss information or speculation.

Background

Initially it was speculated due to the turrets frontal shape and the limited images of it, that the Type 59G had retained a modified Type 59 hull and had a new turret of the Chinese Type 96G Main Battle Tank.

This is incorrect. On closer inspection it is clear that the Type 59G has retained its original Type 59 oval turret and had a new modular armour package, just like Pakistan’s Type 59 Al-Zarrar Tank upgrade.

You can see the original Type 59 turret ventilation (1.) the original oval top (2.) which meets the added armour package  (3.) and the original Type 59 crew hatch (4. & 4a.)

We can see the hull has been modified to take a different engine as the old exhaust (5a.) is covered up and x2 new circular exhausts are on the right rear of the hull just like other Chinese tanks exported to Pakistan.

Operators

Bangladesh – 300 Type 59G have been supplied between 2010/15
Tanzania – 30 Type 59G delivered between 2011/13

Firepower

The Type 59 uses a fully stabilized 125mm smoothbore main gun capable of firing all standard ammunition such as HEAT and Armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot (APFSDS). It has a semi-automatic loading system, stabilized sights and modern Fire Control System. It lacks a Commanders independent Sight and is therefore a 2nd Generation Tan

Protection

The new frontal turret modular armour is covered in Explosive Reactive Armour, which doubles up as spaced armour. It’s not known if any form of composite or laminate armour is fitted in the modules, but most unlikely.

The hull front has been modified and may have some form of laminate armour over the upper glacis plate. Explosive Reactive Armour is fitted across the hull front and along the side skirt panels.

Mobility

The modifications to the rear of the hull in relocating the exhaust imply a new diesel engine has been installed. This is most likely 700+hp and the suspension will most likely have been updated to take all the additional weight of the armor upgrades.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
125mm smoothbore
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, commanders 50 cal machine gun
Ammunition Storage
?
Engine
?
Transmission
?
Top Road Speed
?
Road Range
?
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
?
Length Hull
?
Width
?
Height
?
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
?
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Spaced, Modular, Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA)
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver