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Premium  Type 62

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[Client Values; Actual values in
Specifically, the mismatch in crew values caused by commander's 10% crew skill bonus. Outside of a crew of 1 commander only, 100% crew is a fiction. The client values, given for 100% crew, will normally be taken into battle with 110% crew skill members aside from specific functions, causing their actual performance to deviate from the expected client value. These differences are taken into account in tooltip boxes.
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4,800  Gold Cost
880880 HP Hit Points
21/2421/24 t Weight Limit
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Loader (Radio Operator)
Mobility
430430 hp Engine Power
60/23 km/h Speed Limit
5454 deg/s Traverse
20.4820.48 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio
NoNo Pivot
Armor
35/20/20 mm Hull Armor
45/30/2045/30/20 mm Turret Armor
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170/4800/130
Shell Cost
180/180/300180/180/300 HP Damage
145/220/43145/220/43 mm Penetration



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10.91 r/m 

Standard Gun

Reload Times
Nominal: 5.5 s
50% Crew: 6.81 s
75% Crew: 5.95 s
100% Crew: 5.27 s
Rammer: 4.74 s
Vents: 5.15 s
Both: 4.64 s
Both and BiA: 4.54 s
Both and Max Crew %: 4.35 s

See Crew, Consumables, or Equipment for more information.



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10.91 r/m 

Standard Gun

Reload Times
Nominal: 5.5 s
50% Crew: 6.81 s
75% Crew: 5.95 s
100% Crew: 5.27 s
Rammer: 4.74 s
Vents: 5.15 s
Both: 4.64 s
Both and BiA: 4.54 s
Both and Max Crew %: 4.35 s

See Crew, Consumables, or Equipment for more information.
Rate of Fire






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1890

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (180 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1890
50% Crew: 1526.4
75% Crew: 1747.8
100% Crew: 1971
100% Crew
Vents: 2016
Rammer: 2190.6
Both: 2239.2
Both and BiA: 2289.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2388.6

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2070
50% Crew: 1706.4
75% Crew: 1927.8
100% Crew: 2151
100% Crew
Rammer: 2370.6
Vents: 2196
Both: 2419.2
Both and BiA: 2469.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2568.6

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (180 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1890
50% Crew: 1526.4
75% Crew: 1747.8
100% Crew: 1971
100% Crew
Vents: 2016
Rammer: 2190.6
Both: 2239.2
Both and BiA: 2289.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2388.6

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2070
50% Crew: 1706.4
75% Crew: 1927.8
100% Crew: 2151
100% Crew
Rammer: 2370.6
Vents: 2196
Both: 2419.2
Both and BiA: 2469.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2568.6

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (300 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 3150
50% Crew: 2544
75% Crew: 2913
100% Crew: 3285
100% Crew
Vents: 3360
Rammer: 3651
Both: 3732
Both and BiA: 3816
Both and Max Crew %: 3981

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 3450
50% Crew: 2844
75% Crew: 3213
100% Crew: 3585
100% Crew
Rammer: 3951
Vents: 3660
Both: 4032
Both and BiA: 4116
Both and Max Crew %: 4281

See here, here, or here for more information.






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1890

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (180 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1890
50% Crew: 1526.4
75% Crew: 1747.8
100% Crew: 1971
100% Crew
Vents: 2016
Rammer: 2190.6
Both: 2239.2
Both and BiA: 2289.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2388.6

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2070
50% Crew: 1706.4
75% Crew: 1927.8
100% Crew: 2151
100% Crew
Rammer: 2370.6
Vents: 2196
Both: 2419.2
Both and BiA: 2469.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2568.6

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (180 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1890
50% Crew: 1526.4
75% Crew: 1747.8
100% Crew: 1971
100% Crew
Vents: 2016
Rammer: 2190.6
Both: 2239.2
Both and BiA: 2289.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2388.6

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2070
50% Crew: 1706.4
75% Crew: 1927.8
100% Crew: 2151
100% Crew
Rammer: 2370.6
Vents: 2196
Both: 2419.2
Both and BiA: 2469.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2568.6

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (300 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 3150
50% Crew: 2544
75% Crew: 2913
100% Crew: 3285
100% Crew
Vents: 3360
Rammer: 3651
Both: 3732
Both and BiA: 3816
Both and Max Crew %: 3981

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 3450
50% Crew: 2844
75% Crew: 3213
100% Crew: 3585
100% Crew
Rammer: 3951
Vents: 3660
Both: 4032
Both and BiA: 4116
Both and Max Crew %: 4281

See here, here, or here for more information.
Damage Per Minute


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0.37 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.458 m
With 75% Crew: 0.4 m
With 100% Crew: 0.355 m
With BiA: 0.347 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.339 m
Maximum possible: 0.325 m

For more details, see Crew


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0.37 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.458 m
With 75% Crew: 0.4 m
With 100% Crew: 0.355 m
With BiA: 0.347 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.339 m
Maximum possible: 0.325 m

For more details, see Crew
Accuracy


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2.3 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.849 s
With 75% Crew: 2.488 s
With 100% Crew: 2.205 s
With GLD: 2.005 s
With BiA: 2.157 s
With BiA and Vents: 2.11 s
With both and GLD: 1.918 s
Maximum possible: 1.839 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment


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2.3 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.849 s
With 75% Crew: 2.488 s
With 100% Crew: 2.205 s
With GLD: 2.005 s
With BiA: 2.157 s
With BiA and Vents: 2.11 s
With both and GLD: 1.918 s
Maximum possible: 1.839 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment
Aim time
4848 deg/s Turret Traverse
360° Gun Arc
-5°/+20°-5°/+20° Elevation Arc
4747 rounds Ammo Capacity
General
1212 % Chance of Fire






390 m 

With 50% Crew: 306.4 m
With 75% Crew: 348.2 m
With 100% Crew: 390 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 409.7 m
With Coated Optics: 429 m
With Binocular Telescope: 487.5 m
Maximum possible: 558.3 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment






390 m 

With 50% Crew: 306.4 m
With 75% Crew: 348.2 m
With 100% Crew: 390 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 409.7 m
With Coated Optics: 429 m
With Binocular Telescope: 487.5 m
Maximum possible: 558.3 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
View Range


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600 m 

With 50% Crew: 471.4 m
With 75% Crew: 535.8 m
With 100% Crew: 600 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 720 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 660 m
Maximum possible: 863.4 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment


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600 m 

With 50% Crew: 471.4 m
With 75% Crew: 535.8 m
With 100% Crew: 600 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 720 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 660 m
Maximum possible: 863.4 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
Signal Range
Type 62

Additional Statistics
(Top Configuration)

Camouflage

  • Stationary: 16.6%
  • When Moving: 16.6%
  • When Firing: 4.3%


Terrain Resistance

  • On Hard Ground: 0.58
  • On Medium Ground: 0.67
  • On Soft Ground: 1.34


Dispersion Change Values

  • Turret Contribution
  • Rotation: 0.12
  • Shot Recoil: 3.84
  • Suspension Contribution
  • Acceleration: 0.15
  • Turning: 0.15


With 100% Crew

VII

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4800

The Type 62 is a Chinese tier 7 premium light tank.

The development of a lightweight version of the Type 59 tank was started in 1957. The new tank was designed to fight in the mountainous and boggy terrain of South China. The first prototype was built in 1962. Later the vehicle underwent several modernizations.

The Type 62 was made available from the gift shop (Last available for purchase March 4-7, 2017). It has also been given away as an award tank (usually as second prize to the Type 59), and was given away as a mission tank for completing the month long medium mission 25 times from September 1st to October 8th of 2014. Designed as a light tank and by all means an appearance almost like the Type 59, but that's as far as the comparison goes. In terms of performance, this premium tank comes equipped with a 85mm gun with decent penetration, accuracy (better than its tech-tree counterpart, the WZ-131) and reload, which is well suited for flanking tactics, firing on the move or sniping the sides and rear of enemy tanks. It has better mobility and acceleration than the Type 59 with a top speed of 60 km/h. However, the armor is very weak despite having the same frontal slopes as the 59 and its not enough to protect the tank from incoming fire from most sources.

The Type 62 also shares the same module weaknesses as the Type 59, with a large ammunition rack at the back of the turret. It is not uncommon to find frontal hits to the turret damage both the gun and the ammunition rack. Despite this heartfelt weakness, the Type 62 can be a solid support tank as a good flanker and artillery hunter when the opportunity presents. It also earns very good credit income and its repair cost is very low unlike any other light tanks.

It used to see tier 10 battles but after the 9.18 update, all light tanks received the same matchmaking as other tank classes, and the Type 62 now only sees up to tier 9.

Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables

Modules

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Guns

Tier Gun Penetration
(mm)
Damage
(HP)
Rate of fire
(rounds/minute)
Dispersion
(m/100m)
Aiming time
(s)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VII 85 mm Type 62 145/220/43 180/180/300 10.91 0.37 2.3 1650 61530

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Turrets

Tier Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear)
(mm)
Turret Traverse Speed
(deg/s)
View Range
(m)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VII Type 62 45/30/20 48 390 5000 18000

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Engines

Tier Engine Engine Power
(hp)
Chance of Fire on Impact
(%)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

V NORINCO 12150L3 430 12 700 17000

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Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit
(т)
Traverse Speed
(гр/сек)
Rmin Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VII Type 62 24 54 B/2 5500 25500

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Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range
(м)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

IX A-220 600 40 38000


Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 1 Light Spall Liner Camouflage Net Fill Tanks with CO2 Coated Optics Stabilizing Equipment System Experimental Optics Wear-Resistant Gun Laying Drive Venting System Innovative Loading System Extended Spare Parts Kit Enhanced Gun Laying Drive Enhanced Torsion Bars 3 t Class Improved Ventilation Class 1 Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer Binocular Telescope Toolbox "Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1 

Compatible Consumables

Stabilizer Greasing Automatic Fire Extinguisher Natural Cover Optical Calibration Aim Tuning Experienced Firefighters Manual Fire Extinguisher Vent Purge Large First Aid Kit Large Repair Kit Duty Comes First Shell Organizer Quality Oil Orderly Ammo Rack Focus on Target Improved Combat Rations Removed Speed Governor Increased Focus Small First Aid Kit Small Repair Kit Gearbox Intricacy Steady Hand Pre-Battle Maintenance Combat Course 


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Acceptable penetration and damage
  • Good rate of fire
  • Solid accuracy on the move and good aiming time (0.2 seconds faster than WZ-131)
  • Low profile; above average camouflage values
  • Always profitable due to its Premium Credit Income


Cons:


  • Very weak armor
  • Vulnerable ammo rack
  • Engine gets frequently knocked out from the rear
  • Struggles until crew develops appropriate skills
  • Somewhat sluggish compared to other tier 7 lights


Performance

  • Thanks to the low profile, the Type 62 greatly benefits from camouflage modules and camouflage crew training, and it will find excellent performance as passive scout.
  • Also, the good accuracy of the gun in consonance of the vertical stabilizer module can transform the Type 62 into an excellent flanker support tank.
  • The Type 62 should not perform scout rushes, as it lacks the top speed and maneuverability to survive solo unlike other light tanks
  • There are many solid module combinations for this tank
  • Since Patch 9.18, with the rebalancing of every light tank from tier V and up, the Type 62 has the best DPM, followed by the AMX 13 57 GF at 2nd and the LTG and T71 coming at 3rd.


-For the flanker: a vertical stabilizer, gun rammer and ventilation module.

-For passive scouting: Camouflage net, Binoculars and Coated optics

-For hybrids: Camouflage Net, Vertical Stabilizer, Coated Optics.

The tank frequently goes on sale during Christmas.

The WZ-131 performs similarly to the Type 62, sharing the same battle tiers and exact appearance with the exception of colour and emblem position. However, a fully upgraded WZ-131 is more mobile than the Type 62, though loses in dpm and viewrange. The Type 62 is also much more profitable to run due to its status as a premium tank.

Crew Skills

  • The preferential crew training for scouting will be Sixth Sense for the commander with Camouflage for the loader, gunner and driver. Stealth is a light tank's best defense, and the Type 62 is no exception. Recommend waiting until the third set of skills to choose Brothers in Arms. Once the first set of training is complete, switch to crew specific training. For the gunner, Snap Shot first then Deadeye to make every shot count. The Type 62 has adequate mobility, so Smooth Ride to increase shooting skill on the move is more important than Off-Road Driving or Clutch Breaking. Given the chances of ammunition rack damage, Safe Stowage followed by Adrenaline Rush for the Loader is important, however as the Loader is also the radio operator the Situational Awareness skill should not be overlooked. As a scouting tank, increased view range is essential, so the Commander should train in Recon.
  • For a flanker, you will still want Sixth Sense so you don't run into traps. Instead of training all of you crew for Camouflage, you will want some with Repair so the you can fix you tracks faster when needed. Smooth Ride for the driver and Snap Shot for the Gunner improve the accuracy on the move.

Recommended crew training progression:

Crewman     First Set   Second Set            Third Set                 Fourth Set
Commander:  Camo        6th/Camo              BiA/6th/camo              BiA/6th/Camo/Recon
Gunner:     Camo        Snap Shot/Camo        BiA/Snap Shot/Camo        BiA/Deadeye/Snap Shot/camo
Driver:     Camo        Smooth Ride/Camo      BiA/Smooth Ride/Camo      BiA/Smooth Ride/Camo/Off Road Driving
Loader:     Camo        Safe Stowage/Camo     BiA/Safe Stowage/Camo     BiA/Safe Stowage/Camo/Situational Awareness


Early Research

No research required as it is a premium tank.


Suggested Equipment


Coated Optics Vertical Stabilizer Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer Improved VentilationBinocular Telescope Camouflage Net 


Gallery

Historical Info

The Norinco Type 62 is a Chinese light tank developed in the early 1960s and is based on the Chinese Type 59 with a reduced main gun caliber, lighter armour and a smaller suite of electronics and other equipment to help reduce weight. The Type 62 is still used by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Ground Forces and other nations. It has recently been upgraded to modern standards and provides the PLA with a dedicated light tank. It is also known under its industrial designation, WZ-131.

Development History

When the Type 59 main battle tank was being developed it became apparent that because of high weight of the tank it would have difficulties operating in areas of southern China. These areas mostly consist of mountain ranges, hills, rice paddy fields, lakes and multiple rivers which many times are without a bridge or with bridges which couldn't withstand the weight of the Type 59 tank. Therefore in the late 1950s the PLA Ground Force submitted requirements for a light tank which could be successfully deployed in the areas of southern China. The development of the Type 62 light tank began at Factory 674 (Harbin First Machinery Building Group Ltd) in 1958. Construction of the first Type 62 light tank prototype, Type 59-16, began in 1960 and ended in 1962. The tank officially entered production and service with the PLA in 1963.

Based on experience gathered during the Sino-Vietnamese War an update for Type 62 was designed, consisting 33 different improvements and was designated Type 62-I.

After an unsuccessful attempt at fitting the Type 62 light tank with the turret from the Type 63A amphibious light tank a new turret was designed and fitted on the Type 62. This new variant was designated Type 62G.

The Type 62 light tank was designed to be a downscaled Type 59 main battle tank, armed with a smaller 85 mm Type 62-85TC rifled main gun and with a much simpler gunner sight and thinner armour in order to reduce overall weight. As such it has a typical tank layout: steering compartment at the front, fighting compartment in the center and the engine compartment in the back. Although the Type 62 light tank is similar to the Type 59 main battle tank in appearance, it has a smaller hull and turret. The Type 62 light tank was given a four man crew configuration, with the driver seated on the left hand side of the front of the hull, the tank commander and gunner seated on the left side of the turret in a tandem formation and the loader on the right hand side of the rear of the turret. The driver's hatch is located on the left hand side of the front of the hull, directly in front of the turret. It has three periscope vision blocks which provide the driver with forward vision. The center vision block may be removed and replaced with a low-light periscope with a 50 m vision range. The left hand side turret hatch also has a periscope vision block on top of it and is most probably used by the commander. There's another periscope vision block in the front of each turret hatch. Apart from his usual duty of reloading the gun after it has been fired by the gunner, the loader is also responsible for operating the 12.7 mm Type 54 anti-aircraft heavy machine gun mounted on the turret's roof.

Primary armament consists of 85 mm Type 62-85TC rifled main gun with fume extractor almost at the end of the barrel. It is the same gun as the one used in Type 63 amphibious light tank and can fire AP, APHE, HE, Frag-HE, HEAT, APFSDF-T and smoke rounds. The gun has maximum range of 12,200 m and maximum aimed range of 1,870 m and has a rate of fire of 3 to 5 round per minute. The HEAT projectile can penetrate 495 mm of armour at 1,000 m while the APFSDF-T projectile can penetrate 360 mm of armour at 1,000 m. The Type 62 light tank is characterized by having poor accuracy, given the primitive optical gun sights that the gunner has to use and lack of a gun stabilizer (which differs it from Chinese main battle tanks), a fire control system and night vision equipment. As a secondary armament the Type 62 light tank was given the 12.7 mm Type 54 anti-aircraft heavy machine gun (Chinese copy of Soviet 12.7 mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun) mounted on a rotatable mount on top of the loader's hatch on the right hand side of the roof of the turret and two 7.62 mm Type 59T medium machine guns, one mounted coaxially with the main gun and the other one mounted at the bow of the tank. Also a 7.62 mm Type 59T anti-aircraft medium machine gun can be additionally fitted to left hand side turret hatch. The cast turret features the Soviet-style half-egg shape. The tank carriers 47 rounds for the 85 mm Type 62-85TC rifled main gun, 2,000 rounds for the two Type 59T medium machine guns and 1,250 rounds for 12.7 mm Type 54 anti-aircraft heavy machine gun.

The Type 62 light tank uses the torsion bar suspension which consists of five road wheels on each side with a prominent gap between the first and second road wheel and an even space between second, third, forth and fifth road wheel. The road wheels are smaller and lighter than those from the Type 59 main battle tank. The track is driven by a drive sprocket at the rear, with an idler at the front. There are no return rollers. In effort to reduce the overall weight of the tank the original 12150L 12-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine from Type 59 main battle tank was powered down from 523 hp (390 kW) to 430 hp (321 kW). This modified version of the 12150L engine weights considerably less and was designated 12150L-3. This new engine gave the Type 62 a maximum road speed of 60 km/h, maximum cross country speed of 35 km/h, maximum road operational range of 500 km and power-to-weight ratio of 20.5 hp/tonne (15.3 kW/tonne). The tank can cross 0.8 m high vertical obstacles, 2.85 m trenches, 30° side slopes and ford 1.4 m deep water obstacles (5 m when equipped with a snorkel).

The Type 62 light tank is protected by steel armour. The front armour on the turret is 50 mm thick while armour thickness on the hull armour varies from 15 mm to 35 mm. The armour of the Type 62 is so thin that any light anti-tank weapon (like hand-held rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers) can perforate the frontal plate.

the Type 62 light tank is equipped with a radio for which it has an antenna on the left hand side of the turret, in front of the left hand side turret hatch. It is also equipped with a dome shaped ventilator on the right hand side of the turret in the front of the loader's hatch. The tank can be fitted with Type 762 light mine clearance system and Type 762A light multi-purpose mine-clearance system in the front of the hull. There are spots for stowage boxes and additional duel tanks on both fenders. Four on the right hand side fender and three on the left hand side fender. Like the Type 59 main battle tank the Type 62 light tank has a capability to make its own smoke screen by injecting raw diesel fuel into the exhaust manifold.

Service History

Type 62 light tank officially entered production and service with the PLA in 1963. More than 1,393 vehicles were produced between 1963 and 1989 when it ended. The Type 62 was primarily deployed in Southern China, where it remains in active service to this day. The most famous unit to operate the Type 62 light tanks is the recon battalion directly attached to the 43rd Army Group HQ, Guangzhou MR.

It first saw combat during Vietnam War. The PRC supplied the Type 62 light tanks to the NVA before the invasion of Kampuchea. They were widely used by the Vietnam People's Army in 1960s and 1970s and took part in the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in 1975. In 1979 it again saw combat in Vietnam but during the Sino–Vietnamese War. PLA used about two hundred tanks in Vietnam during this conflict and most of these were Type 62 light tanks. They suffered severe losses in combat due to tank's poor protection as the tank’s thin armour could be easily penetrated by hand-held rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers. An upgrade package was developed for the Type 62 soon after the war and was designated Type 62-I. Based on the improvement programs after the Sino–Vietnamese War the Type 62 was found to be too lightly armoured and too poorly armed to be used as a normal tank. Of the two hundred tanks which invaded Vietnam about half were knocked out, underscoring the Type 62's lack of armour and armament. Since then the Type 62 has been shifted to secondary duties in Southern China, such as reconnaissance, fire support and combat with enemy lightly armoured vehicles.

Most of 400 Type 62 light tanks which are now in service with PLA Ground Forces have been upgraded to Type 62-I and Type 62G standard. The upgrading to Type 62-I standard started in 1979 and upgrading to Type 62G standard started in 2000. It is unknown exactly how many Type 62 light tanks were upgraded or what units operate the upgraded variants but in January 2005 CCTV showed two Type 62G light tanks belonging to an artillery regiment, Guangzhou MR and the tanks are serving as the recon coy of this regiment. There aren't any indications that suggest retirement of the Type 62 light tank from the Chinese military in the near future.

The Type 62 has also been exported widely. Foreign nations which field, or have fielded, the Type 62 include North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Mali, Albania and Sudan. There is a lot of confusion concerning the North Korean Ch'ŏnma-ho main battle tank which is sometimes considered to be an upgrade of Type 62 light tank. This is incorrect as the Ch'ŏnma-ho main battle tank is based on the Soviet T-62 main battle tank. This originated from the fact that many times tanks like Type 59 and Type 62 are listed as T-59 and T-62. This leads to many confusions which in turn lead to, for example, listing the Albania as T-62 main battle tank operator and calling the Ch'ŏnma-ho main battle tank an upgrade of Type 62 light tank. Its not clear which nations still have them in service, although based on available knowledge it seems that all original users still have it either on active or reserve status except for North Korea which didn't have them in service as of 1995.

The Upgraded New version of the tank was seen in the Chinese television series Soldiers Sortie.

Variants

Bangladesh

  • Type 62 light tank converted into a tracked armoured personnel carrier.
  • Type 62 light tank converted into a tracked self-propelled gun

People's Republic of China

  • Type 59-16 - Prototype of Type 62.
  • Type 62 - Scaled down, lightly armed and thinly armoured variant of the Type 59. It is also known under its industrial designation, WZ132.
  • Type 62-I - Type 62 upgrade designed basing on the experience gathered during the Sino-Vietnamese War. It features 33 different improvements including an external double lens laser range finder mounted above the mantlet of the 85 mm Type 62-85TC rifled main gun for better firing accuracy and a shield for the 12.7 mm Type 54 anti-aircraft heavy machine gun. It is also known under its industrial designation, WZ132-1.
  • Type 62-I fitted with external turret storage racks and hull sideskirts for additional protection against HEAT projectiles and anti-tank missiles. It is a late model.
  • Type 62G (G stands for Gai - "Improved") - Most recent Type 62 light tank upgrade with improved armour layout and original cast turret replaced by a new welded flat-plate turret which also incorporates an improved armour layout as well as four smoke grenade dischargers on each side of the turret. It is armed with a more powerful 105 mm rifled main gun with fume extractor in center of barrel, vertical stabilization system, primitive fire-control system, and night vision equipment. Adopted by Pakistan in Al-Zarrar and Al-Khalid tank.
  • Type 70 - Rebuild Type 62 and like the Type 62-I it is fitted with an external double lens laser range finder mounted above the mantlet of the 85 mm Type 62-85TC rifled main gun but without the shield around the AA HMG. It also has improved sights and a gun stabilization system.
  • Type 79 - Experimental armoured recovery vehicle based on Type 62 light tank.
  • GJT 211 - Armoured bulldozer based on Type 62 light tank chassis.
  • GSL 131 - Mine clearing variant of the GSL 211. It is also known as Type 82.


Historical Gallery


China
Light Tanks IRenault NC-31 IIVickers Mk. E Type B IIIType 2597 Chi-Ha IVM5A1 Stuart VI59-16 VIType 64 VIIType 62 VIIWZ-131 VIIIWZ-132 IXWZ-132A XWZ-132-1
Medium Tanks VType T-34 VIType 58 VIIT-34-1 VIIIType 59 VIIIT-34-2 VIIIT-34-3 VIII59-Patton IXWZ-120 X121 X121B
Heavy Tanks VIIIS-2 VIIIWZ-111 VIII110 VIII112 IXWZ-111 model 1-4 X113 XWZ-111 model 5A
Tank Destroyers IIT-26G FT IIIM3G FT IVSU-76G FT V60G FT VIWZ-131G FT VIIT-34-2G FT VIIIWZ-111-1G FT VIIIWZ-120-1G FT IXWZ-111G FT XWZ-113G FT
Self-Propelled Artillery
Light Tanks
USA IT1 Cunningham IIM2 Light Tank IIT1E6 IIT2 Light Tank IIT7 Combat Car IIIM22 Locust IIIM3 Stuart IVM5 Stuart VM24 Chaffee VM7 VIT21 VIT37 VIIT71 CMCD VIIT71 DA VIIIM41 Walker Bulldog IXT49 XXM551 Sheridan
UK IICruiser Mk. I IIM2 IICruiser Mk. III IILight Mk. VIC IIIStuart I-IV IIICruiser Mk. IV IIICruiser Mk. II IVValentine IVCovenanter
Germany ILeichttraktor IIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIPz.Kpfw. 35 (t) IIPz.Kpfw. I IIPz.Kpfw. II III43 M. Toldi III IIIPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) IIIPz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G IIIPz.Kpfw. T 15 IVPz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A. IVPz.Kpfw. II Luchs VVK 16.02 Leopard VIVK 28.01 VIIAufklärungspanzer Panther VIISpähpanzer SP I C VIIIleKpz M 41 90 mm GF VIIIHWK 12 IXSpähpanzer Ru 251 XRheinmetall Panzerwagen
France IRenault FT IID1 IIFCM 36 IIRenault R35 IIHotchkiss H35 IIIAMX 38 IVAMX 40 VAMX ELC bis VIAMX 12 t VIIAMX 13 75 VIIAMX 13 57 GF VIIIBat.-Châtillon 12 t IXAMX 13 90 XAMX 13 105
USSR IMS-1 IIBT-2 IIT-45 IIT-26 IIT-60 IITetrarch IIIBT-7 IIIBT-SV IIILTP IIIM3 Light IIIBT-7 artillery IIIT-127 IIIT-46 IIIT-70 IVA-20 IVT-80 IVValentine II VT-50 VIMT-25 VIILTG VIIILTTB IXT-54 ltwt. XT-100 LT
China IRenault NC-31 IIVickers Mk. E Type B IIIType 2597 Chi-Ha IVM5A1 Stuart VI59-16 VIType 64 VIIType 62 VIIWZ-131 VIIIWZ-132 IXWZ-132A XWZ-132-1
Japan IRenault Otsu IIType 95 Ha-Go IIType 97 Te-Ke IIIType 98 Ke-Ni IVType 5 Ke-Ho
Czechoslovakia IKolohousenka IILT vz. 35 IIILT vz. 38
Sweden IStrv fm/21 IIStrv m/38 IIL-60 IIIStrv m/40L
Poland
Premium tanks
USA IIT1E6 IIT2 Light Tank IIT7 Combat Car IIIM22 Locust VM4 Improved VM4A2E4 Sherman VRam II VT14 VIM4A3E8 Fury VIM4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII VIIM56 Scorpion VIIT28 Concept VIIT23E3 VIIIT25 Pilot Number 1 VIIIT26E5 VIIIM46 Patton KR VIIIM6A2E1 VIIIT26E4 SuperPershing VIIIT34 VIIIT34 B VIIIT95E2 XM60 XT95E6
UK IILight Mk. VIC IIISexton I IVAC 1 Sentinel VExcelsior VMatilda Black Prince VIAC 4 Experimental VITOG II* VICromwell B VIIFV201 (A45) VIIAT 15A VIIIFV4202 VIIIChieftain/T95 XFV215b
Germany IIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D IIPz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) IIIGroßtraktor - Krupp III43 M. Toldi III IIIPz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J IIIPz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f) IIIPz.Kpfw. T 15 IVPz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f) VStuG IV VPz.Kpfw. III Ausf. K VTurán III prototípus VPz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat. VPz.Kpfw. V/IV VPz.Kpfw. V/IV Alpha VPz.Kpfw. T 25 VIDicker Max VITiger 131 VIPz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm VIIE 25 VIIVK 45.03 VIIPanther/M10 VIIIPanther mit 8,8 cm L/71 VIIIKanonenjagdpanzer VIIIRheinmetall Skorpion G VIIIPanzer 58 Mutz VIIIleKpz M 41 90 mm GF VIII8,8 cm Pak 43 Jagdtiger VIIILöwe IXT 55A XVK 72.01 (K)
France IIIFCM 36 Pak 40 V105 leFH18B2 VIIAMX 13 57 GF VIIILorraine 40 t VIIIAMX Chasseur de chars VIIIM4A1 Revalorisé VIIIAMX M4 mle. 49 VIIIAMX Canon d'assaut 105 VIIIFCM 50 t XAMX 50 Foch (155)
USSR IIT-45 IITetrarch IIIBT-SV IIILTP IIIM3 Light IIIBT-7 artillery IIISU-76I IIIT-127 IVA-32 IVT-28E with F-30 IVValentine II VChurchill III VKV-220-2 VKV-220-2 Beta Test VMatilda IV VSU-85I VIT-34-85M VIT-34-85 Rudy VISU-100Y VIIISU-122S VIIKV-122 VIIIS-2 VIISU-122-44 VIIT-44-122 VIIIIS-6 VIIIKV-5 VIIIISU-130 VIIIT-54 first prototype VIIIIS-5 (Object 730) VIIIIS-3A VIIIT-44-100 (R) VIIIKV-4 Kreslavskiy VIIIObject 252U Defender VIIIObject 252U VIIISTG VIIISTG Guard XObject 907 XObject 260 XT-22 medium
China VIType 64 VIIType 62 VIIIType 59 VIIIWZ-111 VIIIT-34-3 VIII112 VIII59-Patton VIIIWZ-120-1G FT X121B
Japan IIType 97 Te-Ke VType 3 Chi-Nu Kai VIHeavy Tank No. VI VIIISTA-2
Czechoslovakia VIŠkoda T 40
Sweden IIL-60 VIStrv m/42-57 Alt A.2 VIIIStrv S1 VIIIPrimo Victoria
Poland VIPudel
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