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REGARDING PROTOTYPE 1226, YOU WANT TO...   

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  1. 1. 1. Should Prototype 1226 be added to the Chinese tech tree?

    • Yes, pls!
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    • No, thx!
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  2. 2. 2. BR should be...

    • 9.7 or higher
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    • 9.3
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    • 9.0
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    • 8.3 or lower
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This is the Part 1 of ''2nd Generation MBT Project of China'' series. This series will be based on the following roadmap. The 1226/1226F2 Prototype is the final result of the development campaign 784, and the development work was stopped in 1982.

 

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Prototype 1226/1226F2

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Introduction:

 

In April 1978, the Chinese tank research and development sector resumed the development of the second generation MBT. The new counter target was converted from the T-62 tank to the T-72 tank. After visiting Krauss Maffei in Germany, new benchmarks were established:

1. The new tank must have the ability to penetrate the T-72 tank armor at a medium distance;

2. Use hydraulic transmission and steering device;

3. Use medium diameter road wheels and hydraulic suspension.

4. Use composite armor

 

First, the Chinese tank research and development sector built two tank test beds, which are 1222 TTB, based on the experience of 68 Ge TTB, 12150 engine; and 1224 TTB based on the German MB8V331TC41 civilian engine (the civilian version of the Leopard 2 tank engine). Through the test of the 1224 TTB, the Chinese tank R&D sector basically determined the basic structure of the second-generation tank power system. Based on it, the prototype 1226 was developed in 1980.

 

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In January 1981, the prototype 1226 was assembled. In July, the prototype 1226F2 rolled off the assembly line. The prototype 1226 and the prototype 1226F2 have the same appearance. When the gun is forward, the vehicle is 9.9 meters long and the combat weight is 45 tons. The main difference between the two vehicles is the power section. The prototype 1226 is equipped with an 8V165 engine, and the prototype 1226F2 is equipped with a 12V150 engine. The output power of these two engines are all 736 kilowatts (1000 horsepower). The power transmission devices of the two prototypes are placed vertically and formed as a power pack. which brings great convenience to the use and maintenance. Both prototypes are equipped with a hydro-mechanical integrated gearbox. The gearbox has 4 forward gears and 1 reverse gear. It is easy to operate, has little shifting shock, and has good acceleration and steering performance. The suspension device adopts a torsion bar-hydraulic hybrid suspension. The running part of the vehicle uses six pairs of medium-diameter road wheels and rubber ground block

 

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Both prototype vehicles use 120mm smoothbore tank guns and are equipped with APFSDS, HEAT and high-explosive grenades. All ammunition uses semi-combustible cartridges. The tank is a four-crew configuration, but with a 3-round semi-automatic auxiliary loading device to reduce the physical consumption of the loader. The fire control system includes a ballistic computer and a day/night/laser ranging three-in-one periscope sight. The hull has composite armor and the turret is cast steel. The whole vehicle has NBC protection capability, fire extinguishing and explosion suppression function, hot smoke screen and smoke grenade launcher (the prototype is not installed, the appearance is the same as the type 80 ), and the diving function.

 

 

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(The rear configuration of the prototype 1226 is basically the same as the structure of the 1224 TTB.)

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After the development and test work from 1981 to 1982, most of the performances of the 1226 and 1226F2 vehicles are close to the design goals, but there are still many problems in reliability and maintainability. At this time, the development of the "type 69-3" (prototype 1225, later renamed as Type 80) main battle tank, which was carried out simultaneously with 1226,was progressing smoothly. In 1981, the Type 80 tank was designated as the second generation main battle tank WZ-122), the development of 1226 and 1226F2 fully ceased in 1982. Many of its design achievements, such as composite armor modules, were used in the development of Type 88 (WZ-122A).

 

See the source image

 

Specifications:

Mass: 45.3 t (1226)/ 45.8 t (1226F2)

Crew: 4

Main armament: 120 mm Smoothbore gun

Secondary armament: Type 59T 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, Type 54 12.7 mm machine gun

Engine Model:

1226: 8V165 liquid-cooled diesel engine (736 kW/ 1000hp)

1226F2:12V150 turbocharged diesel engine (736 kW/1000hp)

Power/weight: 22.22 hp/t

Max speed: 65 km/h 

Main dimensions:
- Length with gun forward 9,947mm
- Width 3,380mm
- Height over the roof  2,500mm

 

References:

122型戦車の派生型” (Derived type of 122 type tank, in Japanese).  日本周辺国の軍事兵器

“Основной боевой танк WZ-1226”.  http://otvaga.narod.ru/Otvaga/china-tanks/0tank_t1226.htm

“The Mythical Pages: Chinese Projekt 122 Tank Series” https://warspot.net/39-the-mythical-pages-chinese-projekt-122-tank-series

"«Type 80» –последняя выжимка из советского Т-54А" https://zen.yandex.ru/media/techandlife/type-80-posledniaia-vyjimka-iz-sovetskogo-t54a-5deb6c9ac7e50c00b8dbdb16

“Technology tree for the development of Chinese tanks (part)”.https://www.bilibili.com/read/cv3612809/

"内蒙老杜" (Social media of participant of Prototype 1226)

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Hi thanks for your suggestion however it is missing sources. I must ask that you include at least two sources for the suggestion to be approved. The post will remain open for 48 hours to allow for this.

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I didn't know this existed! Definitely seems like a cool tank. The cast turret is unusual because of the pointed nose, reminds me of the T54E1 somehow. Maybe they wanted more space to accommodate the assisted loader and the breech of the 120 mm gun.

 

The gun looks similar to the PTZ-89's. Probably an earlier version, not sure if it's closer to the first variant intended for the WZ-122 (on par with the original T-62 cannon?) or if it's closer to the modern one. Either way it looks like a fairly solid tank. A 1000 hp engine would give it 22 hp/ton, which is slightly better than the Leopard 1. The cast steel turret wouldn't offer much protection but the hull composite (realistically no better than the Type 96) might be enough to shrug off weak HEAT rounds. Night vision and laser rangefinder would put in on the same level of the Type 69 in terms of bonus features. I think a two-plane stabilizer can be assumed given the level of technology and advanced fire control system, this had already been accomplished previously on the WZ132 and Type 69.

 

Depending on how the gun is implemented, I think this could work at 8.7 or 9.0. I wouldn't put it any higher than that since it doesn't have thermal sights.

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On 20/09/2020 at 13:19, CLOSE_RANGE said:

I didn't know this existed! Definitely seems like a cool tank. The cast turret is unusual because of the pointed nose, reminds me of the T54E1 somehow. Maybe they wanted more space to accommodate the assisted loader and the breech of the 120 mm gun.

 

The gun looks similar to the PTZ-89's. Probably an earlier version, not sure if it's closer to the first variant intended for the WZ-122 (on par with the original T-62 cannon?) or if it's closer to the modern one. Either way it looks like a fairly solid tank. A 1000 hp engine would give it 22 hp/ton, which is slightly better than the Leopard 1. The cast steel turret wouldn't offer much protection but the hull composite (realistically no better than the Type 96) might be enough to shrug off weak HEAT rounds. Night vision and laser rangefinder would put in on the same level of the Type 69 in terms of bonus features. I think a two-plane stabilizer can be assumed given the level of technology and advanced fire control system, this had already been accomplished previously on the WZ132 and Type 69.

 

Depending on how the gun is implemented, I think this could work at 8.7 or 9.0. I wouldn't put it any higher than that since it doesn't have thermal sights.

 

The 120mm smoothbore gun used by the 1226 was a completely new design. After losing the competition, PLA's artillery sector asked the industrial sector to complete its semi-automatic loader and configure it on the SPA chassis, which is the Type-89 self-propelled anti-tank gun.

 

The 1226 did have a dual-plane stabilizer, which I forgot to mention.

 

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On 21/10/2020 at 06:53, DerpGerp said:

This definitely should be the equivalent to the conqueror at 7.7 in the chinese tech tree, as they are pretty similar.

The 1226 has a slight visual resemblance to the Conqueror but is a very different vehicle. The Conqueror's about 20 tons heavier, has horrid mobility, and uses only APDS and HESH. This thing has Leopard-esque mobility with APFSDS, hull composite armor, and a laser rangefinder.

 

The upcoming PTZ-89 will be at 8.7 with what is apparently the same gun as this tank, so the 1226 could go at 9.0 since it's much faster and better protected.

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Very detailed and well written! A great suggestion and a vehicle I personally would love to drive in game as well! :good:

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1 hour ago, Akiyama_Seiran said:

Very detailed and well written! A great suggestion and a vehicle I personally would love to drive in game as well! :good:

Yes, it is! I think this series is the most important prototypes for Chinese tanks' industry. It is difficult to find sources and photots.

Although it is not easy to make it happen in WT I still want to see them in game!:good:

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