The Type 99A is also called Type 99A2 or ZTZ-99A MBT (Main Battle Tank). It is an improved version of the Type 99 MBT designed and manufactured in China by the local defence industry. The development of Type 99 started in 1999, and the tank entered service with the Chinese army in 2001. The first prototype of the Type 99A was tested in 2007, and it was unveiled for the first time in September 2015 during a military parade in Beijing. It was used previously by the Chinese army during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) military exercises in 2014. It is a third-generation main battle tank and the most modern tank in service with the Chinese armed forces. The third generation indicates the capacity of hunter-killer capability using a commander independent sight.
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