The Chinese Type 80 Tank
The Type 80’s development kicked of in 1981. It had a new hull equipped with 6 smaller than standard road wheels, rubber track skirt, a stabilised light spot FCS with externally mounted laser range finder above the main gun. This prototype was completed in 1985.
The Chinese Type 80-II Tank
The Type 80-II was the modified Type 80 prototype. The laser range finder was moved and integrated in to the gunners sight freeing the frontal part of the turret so newer armour could be added at a later date.
The existing storage racks were extended for greater protection around the turret and a new NBC system was installed. Another new system was BIT, AKA Built-In-Test system for rapid identification of malfunctions of the vehicles systems.
The Chinese Type 80 Tank Operators
Sudan are believed to have bought 200
The Chinese Type 88 Tank: The Type 80-II was accepted into PLA service as the Type 88, click here for seperate page
The Chinese Type 85 Tank: The Type 80-II was developed in to the Type 85 series for the export market, click here for seperate page
The Chinese Type 80 Tank Photo Gallery
The Chinese Type 80 Tank Specifications
Firepower: 105mm rifled (Type 83) Main Gun, 7.62mm Coaxial MG and 12.7mm MG
Ammo Storage: x44 105mm, x2250 7.62mm, x500 12.7mm
Length Gun Forward: 9.32m
Length Hull: 6.32m
Weight: 38 tonne (Combat)
Engine: 730hp Model VR36V12 Diesel
Top Road Speed: 65 km/h
Operational Range: 430km
Vertical Obstacle: 0.8m
Side Slope: 40%