The Type 98G Tank is a Chinese 3rd Generation Main Battle Tank and is the upgraded model of the earlier Type 98 Tank. The “G” stands for 改 “Gai” which translated to English means changed. The original Type 98 Tank was built-in limited numbers and would eventually be matured into the 3rd Generation Type 99 Main Battle Tank series currently in service with the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army. The Type 99 also uses the armor systems introduced on the Type 98G.
Type 98G Tank Upgrades
The principal upgrade of the Type 98G Tank was the introduction of a new Explosive Reactive Armor. It has retained the Type 98 Tank composite and modular armor but now been fitted with additional protection in the form of ERA bricks mounted across the hull front.
In addition ERA bricks have been mounted on the front and sides of the turret modular armor giving the vehicle a distinct wedge shape. This ERA upgrade was kept on for the Type 99 Tank also in PLA service.
The type 98 and Type 98G tank can be identified from the Type 99 Tank, by the raised dome section between the Commanders and Gunners hatches. This dome is not present on the Type 99.
Other improvements included the standardization of adding the JD-3 Active Protection System behind the Gunners hatch on the turret rear.
The Driver located centrally in the hull front (the Type 96 Tank series is located on the left side of the hull) also received a new sighting device.
Type 98G Tank Firepower
The Type 98G uses the same ZPT-98, a 125mm calibre Length 50 smoothbore main gun. It can fire a range of 125mm APFSDS-T, HEAT and Frag-HE-T rounds and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.
The Type 98G uses a carousel-style autoloader which holds 22 rounds, with the remaining 20 stored in the hull. Secondary weapons are a 7.62mm Coaxial Machine Gun and 12.7mm MG on the Commanders Cupola.
The Gunner has a modern Fire Control System, consisting of a laser range finder, atmospheric sensors and targeting computer, with a dual channel day and night sight. The Commander has an Independent Sight that only appears to have a single day channel. The main gun is stabilized for firing on the move.
Type 98G Tank Operators
China: A 2008 US Military paper on the Chinese Military states that 200 Type 98 and Type 99 tanks are in PLA service. Janes stated in 2006 that only 80 Type 98 had been built. An up upgraded version designated the Type 98G Tank (G Chinese “improved”) has also been produced (mistakenly called Type 99 on some Western publications).
Type 98G Tank Specifications
|125mm, calibre Length 50 smoothbore
Elevation -6 to +14
|x1 coaxial 7.62mm MG, x1 12.7mm MG
|x42 125mm, x2,000 7.62mm, x300 12.7mm
|WD396 turbocharged 1200hp Diesel
|Top Road Speed
|65 km/h ?
|500 km (650km with external tanks)
|1.4m (5m with Snorkel)
|Length Gun Forward
|2.4m (roof top)
|50,000+kg aka 50+ tonne combat
|Steel/Composite/Modular/Explosive Reactive Armor
|Active Protection Systems
125mm main gun: