Type 59 Main Battle Tank (Viet Nam)

Location: RAAC Memorial & Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, VIC, Australia

Date: April 2006

This is a detailed set of images of a Chinese produced Type 59, classified originally as a Medium Tank (in line with the original Soviet T-54/54 lineage of this vehicle), but classed more recently as a Main Battle Tank (MBT). These images complement our earlier series of images of a Chinese vehicle at the Tank Museum of the PLA.

This vehicle was operated by North Viet Nam and captured by troops of the Army of theĀ  Republic of Vietnam (South Viet Nam) in 1972 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government.

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Storm 1 Main Battle Tank

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Storm 1 was developed for a “middle eastern country” but never proceeded to production. The chassis is almost identical to the Type 80 and the vehicle features a welded turret and extended rifled 105mm main armament. Continue reading

PLA Type 96 Main Battle Tank

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 96 is the latest development of the Type 88 MBT by the PLA. Continue reading

PLA Type 70 130mm Self Propelled Rocket System

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 70 130mm Self Propelled Rocket System was based on the Type 63 APC, entered service in the 1970’s and was designed to equip the field artillery of armoured units. Continue reading

PLA Type 69 Medium Tank

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 69 was a further development of the Type 59 and was produced in the 1970’s. It is also stated that the Type 69 is the first indigenous Chinese tank design. Continue reading

PLA Type 64 Tank Tractor

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 64 Tank Tractor was based on the T59 chassis and is a “transient” engineering vehicle intended for emergency use. Continue reading

PLA Type 63 Tracked Armoured Personnel Carrier

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 63 Tracked APC was a product of the 1960’s and equipped the mechanised infantry components of armoured units. Exported to parts of Asia and Africa, it was superceded by the Type 85 and ceased production in 1985. Continue reading

PLA Type 63 Light Amphibious Tank

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 63 Light Amphibious Tank entered service in 1963 and was designed to operate in inland waterways, lakes and rice fields. It was used in the 1979 border clash between China and Vietnam. Continue reading

PLA Type 59 Medium Tank

Location: Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Changping County, Beijing, China

Date: June 2006

This series of images was taken in June 2006 at the Tank Museum of the People’s Liberation Army, Chang Ping County, Peoples Republic of China.

According to the accompanying plaque, the Type 59 was China’s first MBT (introduced in the late 1950’s) and is the longest serving and most produced tank in China’s inventory. Continue reading