Tuesday, August 16, 2011

China PLA Type 99B MBT

By Francis Lee

Model: (1/35 scale)
Hobbyboss China PLA Type 99B Main Battle Tank.

This model should be one of the best sell AFV models in 2009 in Hong Kong. China had the biggest ever, military parade on October 1 st, 2009. TV broadcasted the whole parade show, after I saw these tanks passed by the Chinese leaders at TV, I rushed to hobby shop to buy, I found few of them remain at the shelves! I bought it without thinking. The price was higher than normal, nevertheless, I still have a reason to buy coz my birthday was ahead on next day!

Type 99, also known as ZTZ-99 and WZ-123 is a third generation main battle tank (MBT) fielded by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. It is made to compete with other modern tanks. Although not expected to be acquired in large numbers due to its high cost compared to the more economical Type 96, it is currently the most advanced MBT fielded by China. The Type 99 was revealed in 2000 and entered service with the Chinese Army in 2001. Only a limited number of these MBTs are operational (approximately 200-300), because of the high unit price. This main battle tank shows a mixture of Russian and Western influence in it's design and technology.

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