Compared to several copy-pasted M109s in this update, PLZ83 is undoubtedly the more unique one. However, when I watched the live broadcast and got this vehicle in the development server, I think it’s a bit weak at 6.3
Let’s start with the current PLZ-83 data
Motor: vehicle weight 30 tons, 520 horsepower, 17.3 power to weight ratio, forward 56km/h, backward 8.5km/h
Protection: Turret Vertical 30mm + Tilted 15mm armor
frontal protection against 12.7 AP shells, unable to protect against diagonal fire 12.7 AP
Hull tilted 10mm/15mm, defends against 12.7 AP, can be broken down by 20mm hvap
Firepower: 152mm gun with reload time 17.3/13.3
the TNT mass of the HE shell is only 5.62kg, the other shell is the HE-VT with the same data
and the secondary weapon has a 12.7mm QJC88A machine gun.
First of all, what’s the problem? The TNT mass of the HE shell is too small, only 5.62kg, while compared to other SPH, the 2s3m is 10.12kg, the type 75 is 9.14kg, the m109 is 6.86kg, and even the 122mm 2s1 is 6.11kg. The plz83’s HE shell is the worst in the SPH.
Secondly, looking at the loading time, PLZ83 has the same 17.3/13.3s loading time as 2S3M, while M109A1 is 13.3s autoload, Type 75 is 10s autoload, and 2S1 is 13/10s. So the loading of PLZ83 is undoubtedly the worst, with M109G (6.0) at a level.
And the PLZ83 does not have more HEATFS and AP shells like the 2S1 and 2S3M, and lacks the same smoke shells as the M109 Type 75.
In terms of armor, the plz83 is okay, it is better than SPH such as 2s1 m109, second only to 2s3m.
And maneuvering is not the advantage of the PLZ83, it is clear that its 17-power ratio and 8.5 retreat speed are worse than the 2S3M 2S1 Type 75.