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NEW Tech Tree Vehicles: Chinese MBTs

February 18, 2022

Command your new legion of steel and master the Art of War with line-focused Challenges.

Come February 22nd, take command of the new Chinese main battle tanks for Cold War mode. A total of ten Tech Tree vehicles will be available across all Cold War Eras:

That’s right: research and add ten Eastern Alliance tanks to your forces and sic them upon your enemies when the time’s right.

And the best part: you can get them faster! Earn increased Silver and more during the first three weeks after the MBTs’ release date with the help of their line-focused Challenges. Jump to the end of this article for the complete information.

Ready for all the details? Then read on or click on the links above to learn more about these stout Eastern warriors!


Type 63-I

  • Era: Post War
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 0 Silver
  • Gives access to the Norinco Type 59

The Type 63 was introduced in the early 1960s as an amphibious light tank with the firepower approaching that of a main battle tank. It used the same turret and weapons system as the Type 62 but incorporated a hull based on the Soviet PT-76’s. The Type 63-I upgrade had a higher top speed thanks to a new 12-cylinder diesel engine.


Norinco Type 59

  • Era: Post War
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 3,460,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 63-I
  • Gives access to the Type 69-II

In 1950, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union signed the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance, and Mutual Assistance. Through the alliance, the PRC received the technology for the Soviet T-54A tank to use in developing its own vehicles. The resulting Type 59 tank entered mass production in 1957 at Baotou Tank Plant, in Inner Mongolia, with a total of 6,000 vehicles manufactured by 1987.


Type 69-II

  • Era: Post War
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 4,380,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Norinco Type 59
  • Gives access to the Type 79

The Type 69 tank was a domestic Chinese tank design intended to update the original Type 59, which was itself based on the Soviet T-54A. This vehicle included technology obtained through a T-62 captured during the Sino-Soviet border clashes of 1969. The Type 69 features a 100 mm smoothbore gun, an infrared (IR) spotlight, laser rangefinder, and a nuclear biological chemical (NBC) protection system. The Type 69-II was the first production model and included a new gun stabilization, fire control system (FCS), and radio. This tank was a popular export model being sent to Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and others.


Type 79

  • Era: Escalation
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 5,400,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 69-II
  • Gives access to the Type 80-II

The Type 79 is an updated Type 69-II, with distinctive enhancements due to better relations with the West. Improvements include the Type 83 105 mm gun (a copy of the British L7), a Marconi fire control system (FCS), passive infrared (IR) imaging, self-sealing nuclear biological chemical hatches, and a more powerful engine.


Type 80-II

  • Era: Escalation
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 7,230,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 79
  • Gives access to the Type 88A
  • Gives access to the Type 85-IIM

A variant of the Type 80 main battle tank, the Type 80-II incorporated several improvements in its design. Among them was the computerized fire control system (FCS) coupled with an external laser rangefinder. Plans for the Type 80-II also included full nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) protective lining and a semi-automatic transmission system to replace the manual gearbox. However, the Type 80-II never entered production.


Type 88A

  • Era: Détente
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 8,250,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 80-II
  • Gives access to the Type 85-I

This domestic version of the Type 80 tank shares many upgrades of the Type 80-II prototype, plus Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) and a longer barrel on the 105 mm cannon (including a thermal sleeve).


Type 85-I

  • Era: Détente
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 9,170,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 88A
  • End of the Medium tank branch

Initially designated as the Storm series, the Type 85 series evolved from the Type 80 tank (often considered the first true Chinese main battle tank). The Type 85-I paired the Type 80’s chassis with an all-welded turret and was developed in the latter part of the 1980s.


Type 85-IIM

  • Era: Détente
  • Class: Heavy Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 8,250,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 80-II
  • Gives access to the Type 85-III

The Type 85 line of main battle tanks, produced in the late 1980s, was an update for the Type 80 line. For increased protection, the Type 85 vehicles featured a completely welded turret fitted on the Type 80 chassis (as opposed to the cast turret previously in use). The Type 85-IIM variant, introduced in 1991, further modernized the design with better armor protection and an image-stabilized fire control system (FCS).


Type 85-III

  • Era: Détente
  • Class: Heavy Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 9,170,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 85-IIM
  • Gives access to the Type 90-II

Continued updates to the Type 85 main battle tank led to the Type 85-III variant, which NORINCO developed in the mid-1990s. Like the Type 85-IIM, the Type 85-III was designed with a 125mm smoothbore gun as its main armament. It also featured modular composite armor, a 1000-hp diesel engine, and an autoloader.


Type 90-II

  • Era: Détente
  • Class: Heavy Tank
  • Purchase Cost: 10,090,000 Silver
  • Unlocked with the Type 85-III
  • End of the Heavy tank branch

Continuing to refine and develop its main battle tanks, the People’s Liberation Army introduced the Type 90-II to the public in 1991. This vehicle, featured in the parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, included a 125mm smoothbore gun with an autoloader, a 1,200-hp diesel engine, and reactive armor panels. The tank was offered for export as the MBT 2000 starting in the late 1990s and licensed for production to Pakistan, which named it Al-Khalid.


The Art of War Challenges

From
22 FEB
11:01UTC Time
Until
15 MAR
8:59UTC Time

And yes, there’s a faster way for you to get the Chinese MBTs, Commander.

Through March 14th, complete the Challenges below to receive Silver bonuses and earn more toward your upgrades, along with Premium Time and one million Silver!

The Art of War

Goals Rewards Restrictions
Far East Destroyers
Destroy two or more vehicles in any number of battles while playing any of the following:
  • Chinese World War II tanks
  • Type 63-I Post War Era Eastern Alliance Light Tank
  • Norinco Type 59 Post War Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 69-II Post War Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 79 Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 80-II Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 88A Detente Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 85-I Detente Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 85-IIM Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • Type 85-III Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • Type 90-II Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • +25% Silver Bonus
  • Must use a vehicle from the new line OR a World War II Chinese tank
  • Multiplayer only
Far East Hunters
Destroy one of the vehicles listed below across any number of battles:
  • Chinese World War II tanks
  • Type 63-I Post War Era Eastern Alliance Light Tank
  • Norinco Type 59 Post War Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 69-II Post War Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 79 Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 80-II Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 88A Detente Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 85-I Detente Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 85-IIM Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • Type 85-III Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • Type 90-II Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • +25% Silver Bonus
  • Must destroy a tank from the new line OR must destroy a World War II Chinese tank
  • Multiplayer only
The Art of War
Destroy 125 vehicles across any number of battles while playing any of the following:
  • Chinese World War II tanks
  • Type 63-I Post War Era Eastern Alliance Light Tank
  • Norinco Type 59 Post War Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 69-II Post War Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 79 Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 80-II Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 88A Detente Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 85-I Detente Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank
  • Type 85-IIM Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • Type 85-III Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • Type 90-II Detente Era Eastern Alliance Heavy Tank
  • 1,000,000 Silver
  • 7 Days of Premium Account Time
  • Available to tanks from the new line OR World War II Chinese tanks only
  • Available once per account