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Chinese Ground Combat Systems

By the late 1970s technical stagnation had reduced the PRC military capability to insignificance except for masses of infantry troops. Production technology had stagnated at the level provided by the USSR in the 1950s. Chinese tanks were so poor that China had dropped to 1520 percent of output capacity to avoid arming the PLA with equipment that will only cause casualties to itself and not to Soviet or Vietnamese forces.

Keeping track of Chinese ground combat systems has become increasingly tedious with the end of the Cold War. On the one hand, US Government open source publications have failed to keep up with recent developements. On the other hand, Chinese enterprises have developed a plethora of prototypes and concept vehicles for international sales. And on the third hand [Shiva being the patron deity of analysts], there is no shortage of multiple designation nomenclature for individual systems.

Equipment Holdings - Ground Forces
Equipment Holdings - Marine Corps

Pre-19801980~2000Post-2000
Tanks
  • Type 59
  • Type 62
  • Type 63
  • Type 69
  • Type 79
  • Type 80
  • Type 85
  • Type 88
  • Type 90
  • Type 96
  • Type 98
  • Type 99
  • ZTZ-99
  • Type 03
  • Type 15

  • MBT-2000
  • MBT-3000
  • MBT 152mm

  • VT-1
  • VT-2
  • VT-3
  • VT-4
  • VT-5

  • ZTQ


  • Armored Vehicles
    SERVICE DESIGNATION
  • Type 63
  • Type 73
  • Type 77
  • Type 84
  • Type 85
  • Type 86
  • Type 89
  • Type 90
  • Type 92


  • Type 97
  • Type 03
  • Type 04
  • Type 05
  • Type 07
  • Type 09


  • INDUSTRY DESIGNATION
  • YW-304
  • YW-531
  • YW-701
  • YZ-750
  • WZ-511
  • NVH-1
  • NFV-1
  • YW-307
  • YW-309
  • YW-531H
  • YW-534
  • WZ-501
  • WZ-502
  • WZ-503
  • WZ-504
  • WZ-505
  • WZ-506
  • WZ-523
  • WZ-551
  • WZ-751


  • PTL-02

  • WMA-301

  • ZBD-97
  • ZBD-2000
  • ZBD-03
  • ZBD-04
  • ZBD-05
  • ZBD-09
  • ZBL-09
  • ZLC-2000
  • ZLT-05
  • ZSL-09
  • ZTD-05

  • AAAV 2017


  • export designs
  • VN-1 8x8
  • VN-2 6x6
  • VN-11
  • VN-12
  • VN-16
  • VN-17
  • VN-18

  • VP11 4x4 MRAP
  • Self-Propelled Artillery
  • Type 54 SPH
  • Type 70
  • 105mm SPH [WZ-551]
  • 120mm SPM [YW-381]
  • 120mm SPM [WZ-551]
  • 122mm SPH [WZ-551]
  • 130mm SPG
  • 203mm SPH [W90]
  • PLZ 89 122mm
  • PLZ 45
  • PLZ 04
  • PLZ 05 155mm
  • Type 83 SPH
  • Type 85
  • Type 89


  • PLL 05 SPM
  • PLZ 07
  • PLZ 52 155 mm
  • PLZ-91 / WS-250
  • SH1 155 mm
  • SH2 122 mm
  • SH5 105 mm


  • ST-1 Tank Destroyer
  • Towed Artillery
  • Type 54 122mm
  • Type 54 152mm
  • Type 56 ATG
  • Type 59 M-46
  • Type 60 D-74
  • Type 66 M-55
  • AH1 155 mm/45-cal / GC45
  • AH2 155 mm/52-cal / WA021
  • PLL01 155mm
  • Type 83 122mm
  • Type 83 152mm
  • Type 86 122mm
  • Type 86 ATG
  • Type 89 122mm
  • W1988 155mm
  • WAC-021 155mm


  • AH4 155 mm/39-cal


  • Artillery Rockets
  • Type 63 107mm
  • Type 63 130mm
  • Type 70 130mm
  • Type 81 122mm
  • Type 81 107mm
  • Type 82 130mm
  • Type 83 273mm
  • Type 85 130mm
  • Type 89 122mm
  • Type 90 122mm
  • Type ?? 122mm
  • WM-80 273mm
  • WM120 273mm
  • WS-1 302mm
  • WS-1B 302mm
  • WS-1E 122mm
  • WS-2 400mm
  • WS-3 400mm


  • A100 300mm
  • A200 300mm
  • A300 300mm
  • AR1 300mm 10-tube
  • AR1A 300mm 10-tube
  • AR2 300mm 12-tube
  • AR3 370mm 8-tube
  • B-611 600mm
  • BP-12A 600mm
  • M-1B 350mm
  • PHL-03 300mm
  • SR-4 122mm
  • SR-5 122mm
  • SR-5 300mm
  • SY300
  • SY400
  • Anti-tank Weapons
  • HJ-8
  • HJ-13
  • HJ-73 AT-3


  • HJ-9
  • GT-6
  • ST-1 Tank Destroyer
  • Anti-Aircraft
  • Type 55 M1939
  • Type 56 KS-18
  • Type 56 ZPU-4
  • Type 58 ZPU-2
  • Type 59 KS-19
  • Type 59 S-60
  • Type 63
  • Type 65
  • Type 72 KS-12
  • Type 74
  • Type 80 23mm
  • Type 80 57mm


  • Type 87 25mm
  • Type 88 37mm
  • Type 90 35mm
  • Type 90II
  • PGZ-95
  • LD2000
  • Other
  • WB-1
  • GL5 Active Defense System



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