A brand new Chinese Premium Tier VIII medium tank has arrived at Supertest: 122 TM. If you are wondering what tank is this, it’s no more than the Chinese Army WZ-122-1 main battle tank prototype, so don’t be surprised if the final version of this vehicle changes name once it’s released into the live server.
This vehicle wields a 120 mm gun with 400 damage per shot, with good aiming time and accuracy at 2s and 0.33, respectively. The penetration of a standard shell is 233 mm, while the HEAT shell can penetrate 299 mm, making it quite a powerful vehicle for its Tier in terms of penetration.
The combination of good armour for a medium tank, 280 mm of frontal turret armour, and -8 degrees of gun depression allow the vehicle to take advantage of the terrain. However, the tank pays a price for all these advantages: the gun reloads speed is 16 seconds, making the damage per minute quite low. The top speed is 55 km/h, and the power-weight ratio is 15.5 h.p./t, should give it decent mobility. It’s unclear if the vehicle will feature hydropneumatic suspension as the real vehicle.
The WZ-122-1 is the wrong name for this vehicle, the more correct name is Project 122. The genuine WZ-122 is the much later medium tank, Type 80, and was the 5th vehicle to receive the name Project 122. The vehicle we will see in World of Tanks had its development start in 1969, after the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict, where the Chinese captured a T-62 tank. The Project 122-1 was designed with a hydropneumatic suspension and had a 120mm smoothbore gun on a 122 barrel, this is why Wargaming used the 122 for the current name.
Very few pictures exist of this vehicle, but you can see by the above that it had two missile launchers installed on each side, and both of them plus the gun are covered by canvas. The World of Tanks final model will likely reassemble these pictures, with the Red Stars at the front. The timing of testing this vehicle at Supertest, suggest it might be the upcoming Christmas loot boxes special tank, but we will have to wait and see if this information is accurate or not.