China Unveils New Armored Vehicle Family

Speaking of China’s military modernization, it looks like the PLA is unveiling a whole new family of armored  fighting vehicle in its efforts to rapidly modernize its military.

According to the folks at China Defense Blog, the new armored vehicles may be intended to replace the old Type 89 and 86 AFVs. It sounds like no one is quite sure if this is a brand new vehicle or a heavily upgraded Type 89.

The pictures posted on CDB show a traditional armored personnel carrier variant along with an engineering, command post, recon and 120 mm mortar (pictured above) variants.

  • AT4

    What’s with the wavy snake pattern above the road wheels? Looks purely aesthetic. Looks like they figured out not to paint the road wheels white.

  • Stephen Russell

    Looks Russian design I assume, Not copying our Stryker vehicles any.

  • David Wolf

    I like the low profile. I wonder how long it will take the troops to unfold themselves after egress?

  • lik

    note the waterline markings, though they might just be there for testing

  • Stratege

    It does not looks like copied Soviet/Russian design

  • Walter

    Mock them all you like but at least the Chinese are capable of producing a new armoured vehicel, cough cough Marine EFV…

  • Larry

    Next chinese stealth fighter?
    http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2011/06/first-p

  • joe

    The gun variant, as noted, is probably a high–calibre mortar. 120mm mortars are nice fire support at company level – the Warsaw Pact used to love explosives delivery gear – big calibre mortars issued in large numbers, and grenade machine guns issued as squad fire support rather than NATO-style SAWS.

  • CSZ

    Is there any other way? If there is a mature, proven design existing, what kind of crazy/stupid people will NOT copy that and instead waste time and resource just come up with something “original”?

    • joe

      Especially for armoured vehicles. Given the brief of an amphibious armoured personnel carrier, I can’t really see what you can do other than shovel prow, tracks and box; if you’re got those elements, why not copy ones that work?

  • Lance

    They look more like a upgrade to a Type 86 than a replacement.

  • TribulationTime

    I read years back German Nazis build Panther try to make a better T-34. I suppouse it´s more cheap try to make better a vehicle mature design. Other side, Anyone have good to say about it?. And other hand, strategies and tactics make usefull a crap of steel. In the end indeed a M1A1 can be hard hit by “blue fire” incident where a Bradley dissable it, firing in the engine compartiment ( I can be wrong, just I remenber a news about that) with the 25 mm. Luckly crew not was injured, but in logic of others countrys Why I need a survival crew if I don´t have their tank?. Can be other way of thinking.

    • anon

      The DB prototype was closer to the T-34 than the MAN one, but either way Pzkw V was initiated because the KV series and T 34 were shrugging off hits from short-barrel Pzkw IV and 37mm Pzkw III

  • Mike

    Not much armor plating on it, I came to this conclusion by the way they have two of these APC on a semi flat bed…. I could be wrong, but ever seen two Bradley’s on a single trailer? These things must be kind of light…?

  • luis medina

    the v.c won the war in viet -nam because the chinnise help them .i never thrust them anyway.

  • anon

    For the second image, it looks like a ACAV turret mounted on top of that vehicle.

  • jhm

    looks ancient and out of date. just imagine one of those pitted against a puma or bradley, bye bye

  • max

    never underestimated your enemies. always be alert. they’re always improving and upgrading. the armored vehicles are part of the modernization of the china’s military.

  • The chinese armour vehicle better than stryker.

  • The chinese armored vehicle better than stryker.