Type 96 MBT, also known as ZTZ96, is a Chinese main battle tank (MBT) in service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Type 96 is a second (2nd) generation main battle tank (MBT), being the final evolution of the Type 88 design.
Manufactured by First Inner Mongolia Machinery Factory, the Type 96 main battle tank entered service with the PLA in 1997.
Type 96 MBT has a crew of three (3) persons, weights 42.8 tonnes, and measures 6.33 m in length, 3.45 m in width, and 2.30 m in height.
The standard Type 96 variant uses classified composite armor while the more advanced Type 96A had modular applique armor and FY-4 ERA plates on the hull front.
As the main armament, Type 96 tanks have a 125 mm smoothbore gun capable of firing ATGMs and depleted uranium rounds.
They are also equipped with a 12.7 mm air-defense machine gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, as secondary armament.
Powered by a 780 hp (582 kW) diesel engine, Type 96 has a power-to-weight ratio of 18 hp/tonne.
Type 96 has a torsion bar suspension, reaches a maximum speed of 65 km/h, and has an operational range of 400 km.