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The Type 69 and Type 79 are two models of Chinese main battle tanks. Both developments of the Type 59 (based on the Soviet T-54A), they were the first independently-developed main battle tanks by China. Their lineage can be seen through the distinct gap between the first and second roadwheels. Other improvements included a new engine, ballistic computers, and laser rangefinders. The more advanced Type 79 was equipped with a 105 mm rifled gun, also seen on the later Type 88 tank.

In service 1982 – present
Wars Iran–Iraq War, Gulf War, Iraq War
Production history
Designer No. 60 Research Institute
Designed 1963 – 1974
Manufacturer First Inner Mongolia Machinery Factory/Inner-Mongolia First Machine Group Company Limited
Specifications
Weight 36.7 tonnes
Length 6.24 m (Hull)
Width 3.3 m[1]
Height 2.80 m
Crew 4
Armor 203 mm
Main
armament 100/105 mm rifled tank gun
Secondary
armament 7.62 mm coaxial and bow machine guns, 12.7 mm antiaircraft machine gun
Engine diesel
580 hp[1] (430 kW)
Power/weight 15.8 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion-bar
Operational
range 440 km
Speed 50 km/h

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