The Tiě guī 1963 is the main battle tank of the Chinese Army. It can additionally serve as a variety of utility purposes depending on the situation and equipment is avaible to do anything from clearing snow, clearing trees, or destroying suspected mines. Development of the Tei Gui didn't beging until 1960 and production didn't being until 1963.
Designing of the Tei Gui began in 1960 as a means to replace the improvised vehicles the Revolutionary forces have used throughout the Chinese Civil War. Ordered by Gou Wihnouk several designers throughout China set to work on designing a MBT worth the Chinese military. By the later half of the year it was ultimately decided that the Tei Gui design was the best choice and it entered into astate of perfection. True production and proto-types were delayed until 1961 while the factories outfitted to build a heavy vehicle like the Tei Gui were being repaired.
By that year, the ZhFaad heavy engines plant in northern Quizhou had completed the repair progress and was capable to operate. The government supervisors of the site were quickly ordered to begin production of the Tei Gui's prototype model.
With a handfull of prototype tanks completed they were deployed to western China to engage lingering Republican resistance in the Chinese heartland. The campaigns against the Republican threat proved succesfull in part to the new tanks and full-on manufacture was ordered for the year 1963. Between then and 1962 the ZhFaad factory underwent rapid and heavy modification to prepare it for military manufacture.
In the coming years since, three more factories would be converted to the production of Tei Gui tanks. This move making their production one of the most rapid in the world and giving them a high-replacement rate.
Tei Gui tanks are in use throughout Vietnam, Laos, Northern Korea, and the Philippine island of Laos. Additionally, Chinese commanded regiments are stationed in Eastern Russia as support for the East Russian advance west-ward.
Tei Gui are armed with 78mm main cannon with anti-vehicle and personell rounds. In addition the tanks are protected by a 70mm thick steel haul.
A forward-mounted 7.62 machine gun allows for forward-fire supression on infantry units.
A four-hundred twenty horse-power engine can propell the tank at max speeds ranging from 20-35 MPH.
When one inputs Tai Gui into Google translate then the output is "Too Expensive". A bit of irony.