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The ZTZ-88 (Type 80) is China’s 2nd-generation indigenous MBT introduced in the early 1980s. Based on the hull design of the Type 59/69, the tank has been incorporated with Western weapon, engine and mission systems.
ZTZ-88 / Type 80
ZTZ-88 / Type 80
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PLA Legacy Main Battle Tanks

The PLA Group Force continues to operate a large number of legacy tanks of 1960s/70s designs in order to maintain the size of its armoured troops. Most of these tanks have received modernisation upgrades in armament, armour, and mission system. The same…
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The MBT-2000 (VT-1) was China’s first attempt to produce an advanced 3rd-generation MBT that could rival modern Russian MBT designs. The tank was introduced in 2000 following a decade-long joint development programme between China and Pakistan. The tank…
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The ZTZ-96 (also known as Type 96 or Type 88C) is the 2nd-generation indigenous main battle tank (MBT) produced by NORINCO for the PLA. Based on the design of the Type 85-II series, the ZTZ-96 was the first Chinese-made MBT that could match modern Russian…
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ZTZ-96 MBT
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The Dong Feng-15 (DF-15, M-9, or CSS-6) is a road-mobile, conventionally-armed, single-stage short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) that has been in service with the PLA since 1991.
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The Dong Feng-11 (DF-11, M-11, or CSS-5) is a road-mobile, conventionally-armed, single-stage short-range ballistic missile (SRBM). The DF-11A is in service with the PLA Rocket Force.
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DF-11
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The Type 85 is a second-generation indigenous main battle tank developed from the earlier Type 80. It was intended primarily for the export market but its technology was later used for the development of the Type 96 operated by the PLA.
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Type 85 MBT
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The Dong Feng-21 (DF-21, CSS-5) is China’s first-generation mobile-launch, solid-fuelled medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM), developed from the JL-1 SLBM. The missile can be either nuclear- or conventionally-armed.
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DF-21
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The Ju Lang-1 (JL-1, CSS-N-3) is China’s first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), deployed on the Type 092 (‘Xia’ class) nuclear-powered missile submarine. The missile has also been developed into the DF-21 MRBM.
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JL-1
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The Dong Feng-5 (DF-5, CSS-4) is China’s first true intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching most parts of North America and Western Europe. The missile has also been developed into the Chang Zheng-2/3/4 families of orbital launch vehicles.
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