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For the German rifle of the same designation see K98.
Type 98 tank

The Type 98 in its first public appearance during the October 1st, 1999 National Day Military Parade.

The Type 98 (also known as the ZTZ-98) is a main battle tank used in limited service in the People's Liberation Army of China and is manufactured by Norinco. It is part of a line of third generation tanks to replace the aging Type 90 MBT's that are based on the Soviet T-72 design. The newest version is the Type 99, having been updated to today's standards.

Battlefield 2Edit

Type 98
BF2 Type 98
Vehicle passengers Gunner (.50 cal)
Main weapon 125mm smoothbore gun
Main weapon reload time ~3 seconds
Main weapon firemode Single-shot
Main weapon ammunition per reload 1
Secondary weapon 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun
Secondary weapon firemode Automatic
Secondary weapon ammunition per reload Unlimited
Passenger weapon Unnamed Chinese machinegun
Passenger weapon firemode Automatic
Passenger weapon ammunition per reload Unlimited
Countermeasures Smoke launchers
Vehicle speed Moderate
Vehicle maneuverability Medium
Camouflage(s) Woodland
Operators People's Republic of China People's Liberation Army
250px|Type 98 gameplay


The Type 98 is the People's Liberation Army's main battle tank in Battlefield 2. Its counterparts are the American M1A2 Abrams, European Challenger 2 and Leopard 2, and the MEC T-90. The differences between it and the other main battle tanks in the game are almost purely cosmetic.

The MBTs are the heaviest land vehicles available to any of the factions. Armed with a cannon as its primary weapon, the Type 98 is capable of doing significant damage to all manner of vehicle and infantry, although its slow rate of fire and inability to aim at a particularly steep angle make it unsuited to combat against aerial vehicles. As a secondary weapon, the Type 98 is armed with an unnamed coaxial-mounted machinegun which is capable of killing an infantryman in just two rounds, but lacks the punch of the main cannon and has no explosive radius. The Type 98's main cannon is equipped with only forty rounds to start, while the secondary weapon has infinite ammunition. However, the main cannon is limited only by the speed of the reload, while the coaxial machinegun has an overheat threshold where it will temporarily cease to be usable once overheated.

The passenger is armed with a cupola-mounted Type 85 HMG, identical to the stationary heavy machineguns which are found as a static emplacements on certain maps, whose damage is higher than the coaxial MG's -- at 100 damage, making it a one-hit kill under the right conditions -- but whose rate of fire is noticeably lower than the coaxial's.

As with the other MBTs, the Type 98 possesses a smoke-screen grenade which can lay down a field of smoke to break line of sight.

Appearances
Multiplayer appearances Dalian Plant
Daqing Oilfields
Dragon Valley
FuShe Pass
Songhua Stalemate
Wake Island 2007
Operation Blue Pearl
Operation Midnight Sun
Great Wall


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Battlefield 2: Modern CombatEdit

BF2MC Type 98 3

A Chinese Type 98

The Type 98 is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 2: Modern Combat.

SingleplayerEdit

It is used by PLA forces in their clashes with NATO forces in the Almaty, Qyzylorda, and Mangystau Regions. It is available for the player to use on the mission Big Bang.

MultiplayerEdit

The Type 98 serves as the PLA counterpart to the USMC M1A2 Abrams and the EU Leopard 2A6. It has two positions: the driver and the turret gunner. The driver operates the vehicle and its main gun with 100 rounds while the turret gunner has a Type 85 HMG with 1000 rounds. The Type 98 can easily take out light armored vehicles such as the HMMWVEagle IV or even the M6 Linebacker, but it can be countered by Engineers with rocket launchers or the Attack Helicopters.


Battlefield 4Edit

Type-99 MBT
BF4 type99mbt
Vehicle health 1000
Disable threshold 10%
Vehicle passengers Driver
Passenger
Vehicle armor Reactive Armor (55000 points)
Main weapon 125mm/51-calibre ZPT98 Smoothbore Gun
Main weapon ammunition per reload 1+4

AP Shells
HE Shells (25000 points)
Sabot Shell (64000 points)

Secondary weapon Coaxial LMG (default)
Coaxial HMG (QJZ89, 39000 points)

Guided Shell (12000 points)
Canister Shell (46000 points)
STAFF Shell (58000 points)

Tertiary weapon Gunner Incendiary (67000 points)
Passenger weapon 12.7x108 mm Type-85 Heavy Machine Gun
Sensors Proximity Scan (17000 points)
Countermeasures IR Smoke (default)
Smokescreen (29000 points)
Active Protection (69000 points)
Vehicle speed 40 KPH Standard; 56 KPH Max
Camouflage(s) Thermal Camo (7000 points)
Dogtag BF4 Type 99 MBT Master Dog Tag
Operators China Emblem PLA People's Liberation Army

The Type 99 MBT is a vehicle featured in the multiplayer of Battlefield 4, serving as the PLA's Main Battle Tank. It was first seen on the map Siege of Shanghai in the Battlefield 4: "Best Moments" Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer.

SingleplayerEdit

The Type 99 first appears in Shanghai, after Recker and his squad exit the Zhi Yu Towers. A Type 99 breaks through a building and chases the squad through some alleyways, firing upon them until Recker finally loses it. Later on in the same mission, two Type 99s serve as a sort of 'boss battle' for the player, and must be destroyed by either M15 AT MineM2 SLAM or C4 before the player can board a boat and escape to the Valkyrie.

More Type 99s can be seen during the Singapore mission that serve as enemies that oppose the player trying to get to the airport.

MultiplayerEdit

The Type-99 MBT serves as the PLA Main Battle Tank. It is the Chinese counterpart to the USMC M1A2 Abrams and the RGF's T-90A.

The Type-99 MBT's role is vehicular superiority over a map. Having a powerful 125mm cannon, the tank can take out light vehicles with relative ease, and other vehicles such as IFV and Mobile AA in just a few rounds. The tank can also be equipped with a secondary weapon, varying from anti-personnel machine guns (7.62 LMG to .50 cal MG) to lock-on Guided Shells and smart weapons such as STAFF Shells. The passenger is equipped with a .50 caliber machine gun, which is effective against infantry and light vehicles.

As with most land vehicles, the Main Battle Tanks in Battlefield 4 tend to be more susceptible to damage when struck from either the sides or the rear. It is therefore more effective to attack from an angle than head-on. The Type-99 MBT, along with the T-90A have a fatal in-game flaw, where striking the very top of the tank turret twice at any angle will result in a two-shot kill as if firing 90 degrees towards the rear and dealing a Mobility Kill. It is currently unknown why this happens and is most likely an in-game bug. This bug does not appear to affect the M1 Abrams however.

The driver seat is armed with two weapons, depending on specializations. Unlike Battlefield 3, MBTs now have separate slots for countermeasures, optics and upgrades.

For the primary weapon, the default shell the tank fires is the AP shell. AP shells have a higher splash damage then the other three shells. However, the splash damage difference between the AP shells and the other shells is small. Additionally, the AP shells also have the second flattest trajectory. The second unlock for the Main Battle Tank shells is the HE Shells, dealing a wider and more powerful splash damage against infantry but weakest against armored targets out of all the existing primary shells whilst also having a much more pronounced arc in its trajectory, making it less effective at medium and long ranges, but more effective at closer ranges. The last shell unlocked are Sabot shells. These do the same damage as the AP shells (with the exception of RHIB boats where the AP shells do slightly more damage), but travel at a much greater velocity, giving it a less pronounced arc in its trajectory, and by extension a greater effective range.

The first secondary weapon to be unlocked is the Coaxial LMG, which can be used to greater effect against infantry compared to shells, which are limited in ammunition and reload time. It takes between 5-7 rounds at bare minimum to kill infantry, though it cannot damage light vehicles or aircraft. The following unlock is the Guided Shells, which functions similarly to the FGM-148 Javelin in that the operator must maintain a lock on the target vehicle until the missile hits. Air vehicles must be laser designated. Laser-designated targets will receive more damage and weapon lock does not need to be maintained as long as the target has been designated. The Coaxial HMG is the next unlock and does significantly more damage then the coaxial LMG, with the ability to kill infantry in just 2-4 shots. It additionally has a longer firing time before overheating than the LMG and can also damage lightly armored vehicles such as ITVs, armored cars and air vehicles, unlike its LMG counterpart. The fourth unlock is the Canister Shell, functioning similarly to its counterpart in Battlefield 3. Once fired, 16 pellets will be fired like a shotgun, each with a maximum damage of 35, and a minimum of 25 making it a potent anti-infantry and aircraft munition. Lastly is the STAFF Shell, which functions similarly to the MBT-LAW in that the missile will guide itself towards a target in close proximity to it, adjusting itself for a high-angle attack.

Countermeasures for MBTs are IR Smoke which thwarts weapon lock-on as well as any inbound guided weaponry; Smokescreen does not remove weapon lock, but instead prevents such weaponry from scoring a critical hit; the Extinguisher can be used to recover a vehicle from a critical state as well as impeded mobility; Active Protection destroys incoming projectiles mid-flight for a short time before having to recharge.

There are a number of optics available to the driver and gunner. Zoom optics assists with long range engagements; Thermal optics switches the display to a monotone colour output; all players, explosives and vehicles have a thermal signature and thus are highlighted white while everything else is black. It is useful in environments where high contrast or detail prevents easy visibility of hostiles; IRNV optics are a combination of thermal and night vision, highlighting the heat signatures of vehicles up to 70 meters away and infantry up to 50 meters, while increasing brightness in darker environments.

Upgrades are passive abilities - that is, they require no activation by the user and are active in all seats, save for the Autoloader and Reactive Armor upgrades: Maintenance increases armor regeneration; Thermal Camo increases lock-on time of guided munitions, buying time for the user to vacate the area or search and destroy the hostile whilst also appearing much darker and difficult to spot under Thermal and Night-vision based optics; the Autoloader decreases the time between shots; Proximity Scan detects explosives and personnel within thirty meters of the vehicle, useful when traversing tight urban environments and ambush territory; finally, Reactive Armor protects against mobility damage, preventing any shots that would normally stop a vehicle moving at all from doing so with the exception of 90 degree rocket strikes to the rear.

Comparison Edit

The Type 99 MBT has the best acceleration/deceleration in the class, as well as a higher maximum speed that similar to Russian T-90A. However the Coaxial HMG on Type 99 appears to have a slightly lower accuracy compare to M1 Abrams's.

Appearances
Singleplayer appearances Shanghai
Singapore
Multiplayer appearances Dawnbreaker
Golmud Railway
Lancang Dam
Siege of Shanghai
Rogue Transmission
Altai Range
Dragon Pass
Silk Road
Propaganda


GalleryEdit


Battlefield HardlineEdit

The Type 98 appears in the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield Hardline in the episode Sovereign Land. Enraged that his property was being destroyed and stolen, Tony Alpert enters a Type 98 that he had procured from selling "Hot Shot" cocaine across the country and proceeds to engage Nicholas Mendoza in combat, who had stolen one of Alpert's M1 Abrams. Ultimately, Alpert fails to stop Mendoza and is killed from his tank explosion.

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