Type 89 (tank destroyer)

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Type 89
Type Tank destroyer
Place of origin  China
Service history
In service 1989 - present
Production history
Designed 1982
Produced 1989-1995
Number built 100
Specifications
Weight 31 tons[1]
Length 5.6m
Width 2.8m
Height 3.12m
Crew 4[1]

Armor 50 mm
Main
armament
120 mm gun
Secondary
armament
12.7mm HMG, 7.62mm MG[1]
Engine WR4B-12V150LB diesel
520 hp[2]
Power/weight 16 hp/t
Suspension torsion bar
Operational
range
450 km[1]
Speed 55 km/h[1]

The Type 89 tank destroyer is a Chinese armored vehicle that entered service in 1988. Armed with a 120 millimeter smoothbore gun, it was intended to combat newer generations of Western and Russian main battle tanks that were equipped with composite armor and 120 and 125 millimeter caliber guns. Despite a successful development process, with the end of the Cold War it became apparent that the weapon was no longer needed.[3] Production was halted with around 100 examples built.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 89式120毫米自走反戰車砲
  2. ^ PTZ89
  3. ^ a b "Type 89 Tank Destroyer". China Defence Today sinodefence.