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Timothy Yan

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  1. No ERA on the Type 99.....it's 30mm RHA + 20mm of sapphire ceramic on heavy duty bracket (probably 5-10mm thick steel) on the turret side (+ 450mm air gap + 80mm RHA + 45mm spall liner). The front tiles are probably twice as thick with more ceramic layers. They will probably start using graphene ceramic when they have enough production.
  2. from interviews of all four designers from various media sources, the Type 98 MBT book published in 2002, and other open source info.
  3. My contribution to this thread: Glacis armor of the ZTZ-99 generations Prototype/Project 9910/ZTZ-98: - 220mm thickness + 45mm spall liner - 30mm RHA + 35mm glass textolite + 40mm HHS + 35mm glass textolite + 80mm RHA - it offers 500mm RHA protection - lower glacis: 50mm ballistic polymer panel or steel entrench blade + 80mm RHA Phase 1 production: - increase to 260mm thickness + 45mm spall liner - a 2nd 40mm HHS plate was added - plus the 22 add-on armor tiles in 3 different sizes on the glacis - it offers 600mm RHA protection + the add-on armor tiles Phase 2 production: - probably replaced the glass textolite layers with ceramic Phase 3 production (ZTZ-99A): - completely new armor - it looks like the base armor had increased to 300mm + 45mm spall liner - 17 add-on armor tiles in 2 different size
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