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Type 96B Tank

Type 96B Main Battle Tank

Type 96B Tank
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Type 96B Tank
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The Type 96B Tank (aka ZTZ 96B Tank) is the latest version of the Type 96 Tank and made its first public debut at the 2016 Tank Biathlon. Developed by Norinco, an estimated 5 to 7 had been built and were seen being moved to the event by freight train. On August 15th, the front left road wheel came of the vehicle whilst in motion at the Biathlon.


The Type 96B Tank main upgrade has been the engine. Reports from varying high ranked Chinese Officers in the media have always highlighted the need for a bigger engine in the Type 96 Tank and its believed a new 1200hp diesel engine has been installed.

This would explain the removal of the old twin circular exhausts and housing on the right side of the hull. The rear of the hull has also been modified and appears flat with a circular exhaust on either side of the air vents.

The increase in horsepower will give the Type 96B increased power-to-weight ratio, improving its acceleration and hill climbing abilities.

Whilst the armor and main gun appears to be the same as the Type 96A Tank, it is speculated that the Gunners Fire Control Systems have been updated, possibly from those of new export tanks developed by Norinco.

However, despite publications reporting the Type 96B is a 3rd Generation Main Battle Tank, it still lacks a Commanders Independent Sight.

This means it has no “Hunter Killer” capability, which is the definition of a 3rd Generation MBT by Western standards.


China: First spotted in the Summer of 2016, IHS Janes reported that “China Daily” had stated some 2000 Type 96 and Type 96A tanks are in PLA Service and that the Type 96B Tank will replace at some point production of the Type 96A, increasing the number of Type 96 in service and eventually replacing much older Chinese Tanks still in PLA service.


Main Gun
125mm, calibre Length 48 smoothbore Elevation -4 to +12 (?)
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, commanders 50 cal machine gun
Ammunition Storage
x42 125mm, x2,350 7.62mm, x500 12.7mm
1200hp Diesel ?
Manual ?
Top Road Speed
65 km/h ?
Road Range
400 km ?
Fuel Capacity
Vertical Obstacle
Water Capability
1.4m (5m with Snorkel)
Trench Crossing
Side Slope
Length Gun Forward
Length Hull
6.33m (?)
2.3m (roof top)
Ground Clearance
41.5 tonne combat
NBC Protected
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Spaced, Modular, Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA)
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
Commander, Gunner, Driver