Tank review of the T10 Chinese medium the 121.
Development began in 1962 on a new medium tank based on the Type 59. The new tank was expected to feature improvements in firepower and armor protection. However, the project was canceled shortly after. Some technical innovations were applied later, in the development of the Type 69 tank. All 121 tank prototypes were destroyed during Chinese nuclear weapon testing.
The 121 continues the Chinese tradition of installing the largest gun possible on a medium tank. The 121 is an all round improvement over the WZ-120 with improved armour and armament while still retaining the frustrating problems of sluggishness and lack of gun depression. With its 122mm gun, the 121 can remove huge chunks of hit points from enemy tanks, out trade similar tier medium and heavy tanks and suffer minimal damage due to the good armour values of the hull and turret. The 121 is a menacing opponent for any tank in a straight close-range brawl and is capable of carry games with its raw damage output but can be reduce to almost worthless if its weaknesses are not addressed appropriately.
Pros and Cons
- Relatively thick upper hull armour that can bounce shots from even TDs if angled well
- Thick turret armour offering great protection at range but can be easily penetrated through the poorly angled turret cheeks a
- Great traverse and turret traverse speed
- Excellent camouflage values
- Highest alpha damage for a medium tank
- Sluggish acceleration due to higher than average ground resistances
- Terrible gun depression of 3 degrees
- Lowest penetration and shell velocity of all tier 10 medium tanks.
- Does not have APCR as default ammunition
- Poor aim-time and on-the-move dispersion