The Type 98 (also known as the ZTZ-98) is a main battle tank used in limited service in the People's Liberation Army of China and is manufactured by Norinco. It is part of a line of third generation tanks to replace the aging Type 90 MBT's that are based on the Soviet T-72 design. The newest version is the Type 99, having been updated to today's standards.
The Type 98 is the People's Liberation Army's main battle tank in Battlefield 2. Its counterparts are the American M1A2 Abrams, European Challenger 2 and Leopard 2, and the MEC T-90. The differences between it and the other main battle tanks in the game are almost purely cosmetic.
The MBTs are the heaviest land vehicles available to any of the factions. Armed with a cannon as its primary weapon, the Type 98 is capable of doing significant damage to all manner of vehicle and infantry, although its slow rate of fire and inability to aim at a particularly steep angle make it unsuited to combat against aerial vehicles. As a secondary weapon, the Type 98 is armed with an unnamed coaxial-mounted machinegun which is capable of killing an infantryman in just two rounds, but lacks the punch of the main cannon and has no explosive radius. The Type 98's main cannon is equipped with only forty rounds to start, while the secondary weapon has infinite ammunition. However, the main cannon is limited only by the speed of the reload, while the coaxial machinegun has an overheat threshold where it will temporarily cease to be usable once overheated.
The passenger is armed with a cupola-mounted Type 85 HMG, identical to the stationary heavy machineguns which are found as a static emplacements on certain maps, whose damage is higher than the coaxial MG's -- at 100 damage, making it a one-hit kill under the right conditions -- but whose rate of fire is noticeably lower than the coaxial's.
As with the other MBTs, the Type 98 possesses a smoke-screen grenade which can lay down a field of smoke to break line of sight.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
The Type 98 is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 2: Modern Combat.
The Type 98 serves as the PLA counterpart to the USMC M1A2 Abrams and the EU Leopard 2A6. It has two positions: the driver and the turret gunner. The driver operates the vehicle and its main gun with 100 rounds while the turret gunner has a Type 85 HMG with 1000 rounds. The Type 98 can easily take out light armored vehicles such as the HMMWV, Eagle IV or even the M6 Linebacker, but it can be countered by Engineers with rocket launchers or the Attack Helicopters.
The Type 99 MBT is a vehicle featured in the multiplayer of Battlefield 4, serving as the PLA's Main Battle Tank. It was first seen on the map Siege of Shanghai in the Battlefield 4: "Best Moments" Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer.
Numerous tanks can be seen during the Shanghai mission; Recker must destroy two of these tanks before boarding the boat to escape to the Valkyrie. More can be seen during the Singapore mission, as Recker drives an M1 Abrams and engages these tanks in the city streets.