"Military Parity." The Chinese main battle tank Type 59 (factory index WZ-120) is a licensed version of the Soviet tank T-54A. The first tank was launched in 1958, put into service in 1959, mass production began in 1963. By 1980, about 9500 vehicles of this type were produced.
Prior to the start of the 2000, the Type 59 tanks were the backbone of the PLA armored formations (according to experts, 5000 tanks of the Mod. Type 59-I and Type 59-II, which entered service with the 2002 of the year) are currently in service. During the time they were in service, the tanks underwent a number of upgrades, in particular, with the replacement of 100 mm guns with 105 mm, they became the basis for later machines of the Type 69 and Type 79 type, light tank Type 62 (inf. English Wikipedia).
The most modern modification considered tanks modification "Super 59", set for the ground forces of Tanzania