ZTD-05 is a light tank used by the People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps. It replaced the older Type 63A and is based on the chassis of the ZBD-2000 / ZBD-05. It improves on the Type 63A by being able to go up to an estimated 28 to even 43 km/h in water, and 65 km/h on road. The gun is fully stabilized, and the front turret armor is rumored to be protected against 25mm armor piercing rounds. However, all of this mobility comes at an inevitable price, armor, it has very little to no armor, and anything larger than a 7.62 machine can pose a threat to it. Despite this though, it also has thermal imaging and the aforementioned speed, as well as a 105mm gun. If added, it would also be one of the fastest vehicles in water in the game. According to some sources, it can also mount ATGMs, as well as a 12.7mm machine gun. As you might have guessed, information is somewhat conflicting on this vehicle, and any statistics you see here are potentially false, but I have tried to put down the ones most sources seem to agree on.
Since the Type 63A, based on the older Type 63 as seen in game, was brought into service, its flaws were immediately noticeable. It could not go over 15 km/h in water, as well as poor resistance to wind and waves. This was an issue, as the PLA relied on its amphibious vehicles, as it was thought that the next conflict the PLA would be in would be an invasion of Taiwan, or the Republic of China. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the US Marine Corps came out with the AAAV (Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle), capable of incredible speeds in water. Inspired by this, in 2006, the ZBD-05 came into being, with a much better engine, and much better amphibious speed. The ZTD-05 is an attempt to replace the old Type 63A, giving the new vehicle much better speed on the water, while still maintaining a 105mm gun, creating an assault version of the ZBD-05. The base model of the ZBD-05 comes with a 30mm cannon and ATGMs, which would be a good addition as well.
Why should this be added, and where?
I say this in nearly all my Chinese vehicle posts, but I want China to be a more unique nation, with vehicles no other nations have. There is a somewhat extensive history of Chinese armored fighting vehicles, particularly in the last 50 years, and there were a lot of unique vehicles developed during this period, this vehicle is one of many. This would be in the Chinese ground forces tree at battle rating 8.7 or 9.0, but higher depending on what ammunition it gets, as some sources state the APFSDS round can penetrate up to 500mm.
Number produced: 86
Weight: 27.8 tons
Length (with gun): 9.5m (31 ft 2 in)
Width: 3.36m (11 ft 1 in)
Height: 3.04m (10 ft)
Engine: Deutz diesel engine, producing 550 hp on land, and around 1475 – 1500 hp on water, likely the same one used on the Type 99 main battle tank
Maximum road speed: 65 km/h
Main armament: 105mm L/52 rifled gun
Secondary armament: 7.62 Type 86 machine gun
Main gun ammunition: 46 rounds
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