| Type 59-II|
|Class||Main battle tank|
|Armor||Front 7 / Side 3 / Rear 2 / Top 2|
|Road Speed||110 km/h|
|Fuel Capacity||1360 L|
|Type||Marine, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Main Gun||PLA 105 (105mm, KE, AoE)|
The Type 59-II is a Main Battle Tank used by the People's Republic of China. It is a further development of the Type 59-I.
The ZTZ-59-II was developed during the early '80s as a result of China's new military modernization program under Deng Xiaoping. To counter the threat of new American and Soviet MBTs (such as the M1 Abrams and T-72), Norinco added to its Type 59 models a new variant through installing a Austrian licensed Royal Ordinance L7 variant on the ZTZ-59-I (thus replacing the original T69 gun). In addition to the new gun, Norinco also added to the tank new locally designed features, such as a new comparably-modern fire control system. This model would eventually be referred to as the Type 59-II, and it entered mass production in 1982.
- Very similar perimeters to the Type 59-I, except for a improved gun and fuel capacities.
- Decent main gun capable of penetrating most enemy armor at short-medium range.
- Useful as a "sniper tank" knocking out even heavily armored enemy tanks at closer ranges while remaining in camouflage (presumably in support of a larger operation with other tanks and vehicles).
- Very good autonomy and fuel cap, capable of sustaining long battles should it escape being destroyed with a single hit (even on the frontal armor) by an top-tier enemy tank.
- As mentioned above, its weak armor is useless in head-on operations against enemy armor formations by itself (even against cheaper tanks, unless of course the sacrifice justify the gains).
- Could be a more valuable target to enemy bombers and will be blown up in rows should it be left in the open without air defense.