PLZ-89

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PLZ-89
PLZ-89
Details
Tier / Class:
7 SPG
Nation:
China
Dealer:
Zhang Feng
Reputation:
540,300
Cost:
6,080,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
770
DPM:
5,940
Penetration:
40 mm
Hit Points:
2,255
Hull F/S/R:
40 / 22 / 15
Turret F/S/R:
40 / 22 / 15
Max Speed:
66.24 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
5.76 s
Hull Traverse:
42.89 deg/s
Camouflage:
23%
Vision:
398.8 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.20°
Max Cannon Depression:
-2 / -6°
Turret Traverse Speed:
22.37 deg/s

The PLZ-89 is a tier 7 SPG originating from China, and is sold by Zhang Feng. It can be unlocked from the Akatsiya as a side branch of the main Centauro 155 tree.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Self propelled guns: fire support vehicles for PvE missions.
  • High caliber: the high caliber weaponry deals an increased damage.
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • 3-clip magazine
  • HESH on an SPG
  • Good damage output

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Slow to move anywhere
  • Bad aim-time for a 3-clip

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

Firepower upgrades, most notably the HESH, should be focused on.  Unlocking the Smoke Grenades allows for better evasion when the vehicle is spotted by enemy AI.

Retrofit Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Advanced MRS
  • Ballistic Computer

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[edit | edit source]

Commander:

Crew: Driver:

  • Off-Road Driving
  • Smooth Ride

Gunner:

  • Sharpshooter
  • Quick Draw

Armor[edit | edit source]

PLZ-89 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 40 / 22 / 15 Steel 40 / 22 / 15 Steel
The PLZ-89 armor was inherited from the Soviet Gvosdika SPG. The hull and turret are made of rolled steel and offer protection against smaller arms and shell fragments.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

Type 89 Howitzer
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
D30 HE HE Stock 174-1,271 40mm 300m/s 0.20° 18s 3 {{{reloadm}}}s 20.00rd/min


Type 89 Howitzer
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
BEE2 BB/RA HE HESH 66,263 119-644 156mm 570m/s 0.15° 18s 3 {{{reloadm}}}s 20.00rd/min



Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
NORINCO 12V150L-12 Stock Stock 66.24km/h {{{reverse}}} 5.76s {{{0-max}}} 40.27deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Upgrades[edit | edit source]

PLZ-89 Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 25,486 320,000 Increases vehicle HP by 150.


Type 84G Smoke Grenades 25,486 320,000 Provides 8 total smoke grenades with a 2-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 6 seconds. The magazine takes 80 seconds to reload.


Improved Gunner Sight 38,229 480,000 Improves overall accuracy by 10%.


Improved Autoloader 50,972 Reload speed increased by 10%.


Improved Fire Control System 44,600 Reduces aim time by 20%.


Improved Transmission 19,114 240,000 Increases vehicle acceleration by 2.5% and hull traverse speed by 10%.


History[edit | edit source]

Class: Self-Propelled Howitzer
Developed: 1985-1989
Service: 1989+
Vehicles Built: cca 100-300 (sources vary)
Operators: China

Much like all the major military powers of the world, China was relatively quick to recognize the importance of self-propelled artillery. Its early designs were either direct copies of or at least heavily influenced by the Soviets. Soviet self-propelled guns like the 2S1 Gvozdika and the 2S3 Akatsiya have proven to be rugged and successful and it's therefore no wonder that China wanted such a vehicle of its own.

The simplest approach was, of course, to use an existing gun along with an existing chassis and mate the two together. The PLZ-89 SPH was developed in the 1980s as an attempt to provide the same capabilities of the Soviet 2S1 Gvozdika by using existing components, specifically the modified Type 77 APC chassis (which was developed from the Type 62 Light Tank) and the 122mm Type 86 howitzer. The howitzer was almost an exact copy of the old Soviet D-30 from the 1960s – it could even fire Soviet ammunition.

As its name suggest, the vehicle had likely entered official service in 1989, although it was not shown to the public until a decade later. PLZ-89 wasn’t exported and is only currently in use by the Chinese military, both by the land forces and marines. It is not known how many of these vehicles were built since 1989, estimates range from several hundred to just over a hundred vehicles. By now, it is somewhat obsolete and will certainly be replaced by more modern vehicles in the future.

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