yesterday, a supertester leaked that a new Chinese (Taiwanese) Type 64 light tank is being introduced to World of Tanks. Let’s have a look at it.
Type 64 is basically a M42 Duster hull with M18 Hellcat turret on top of it. You can probably see where this is going: extremely light armored vehicle with a 76mm gun to boot. In World of Tanks terms, it will be very agile and fast. Here is a short description of the vehicle, found on the internet:
The Type 64 light tank is similar to the US-designed and built M41 series in automotive and mechanical details and has the same dimensions, chassis, engine and transmission but an improved electrical system.
The hull is of all-welded steel construction as in the M41 but incorporates advanced welding techniques in its manufacture and uses a new high-hardness alloy steel. This provides protection from small arms fire and cannon attack.The all-cast three-person turret has the same layout as the original M41 although slight alterations have been made to suit the medium stature of the local tank crews. An additional layer of laminated high-hardness alloy steel armour plate is bolted/welded onto the hull and turret sides to provide greater protection against HEAT and APDS projectiles.The Type 64 is armed with a 76 mm rifled gun as in the M41 but it is made in Taiwan and claimed to have a performance superior to the original 76 mm M32 gun. A 7.62 mm machine gun is mounted coaxial with the main armament and a .50 (12.7 mm) M2 HB machine gun is mounted at the commander’s station for use in the anti-aircraft role. Both these weapons are made in Taiwan and the 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun probably resembles a modified version of the US-developed M60 series weapon.Taiwanese sources state the Type 64 has an improved fire-control system. Ammunition stowage is probably identical to the M41A2/M41A3. Later Type 64 tanks may incorporate laser range-finders, ballistic computers and passive night vision equipment. All of these have been developed by the Sun Yat-Sen Scientific Research Institute of Taiwan.
In World of Tanks terms:
As mentioned before, it’s going to be light and fast. Mediocre gun and nonexistent armor will be its drawbacks, but the vehicle might have decent depression. Personally, I am curious, whether WG will implement the special Taiwanese decals for it (like they did for Leopard and Indienpanzer). Looking forward to it.
Weight: cca 25 tons
Crew: probably 4
Armor: Hull front – 25mm, hull sides – 9mm
Turret front – cca 76mm, turret sides – 30mm
Weapon: 76mm (M32?)
Engine: probably 500hp Continental