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VN3

Armored scout car

VN3

The VN3 armored scout car is produced in small quantity for the Chinese Army

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 5.3 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The VN3 armored scout car had been developed in China. It resembles the French Panhard VBL or Swiss MOWAG Eagle III armored scout cars, but is slightly larger. This vehicle was revealed in 2007. It is understood that development of this light reconnaissance vehicle is now complete. Currently it is produced in small quantity for the Chinese Army. It is also being proposed for export customers as a light multi-purpose armored personnel carrier. It is worth mentioning that this armored vehicle costs far less, than comparable Western or Russian systems.

   The VN3 armored scout car has an all-welded steel hull. It provides protection from small arms fire, artillery shell splinters, as well as some types of mines.

   This armored scout car is fitted with a one-person turret, armed with a 12.7-mm or 14.5-mm heavy machine gun.

   The VN3 has a crew of five, including commander, gunner, driver and two scouts. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle through side or rear doors, or roof hatches. There are some firing ports and associated vision blocks provided for the occupants. Vehicle is powered by a front-mounted diesel engine.

   Alternatively the VN3 armored scout car could be configured as an armored personnel carrier, with the turret removed. In this case it has a crew of two and accommodates eight troops. Other variants of this scout car include a larger unidentified 4x4 armored vehicle, fitted with a 30-mm turret-mounted cannon. This vehicle uses turret similar to that of the ZLC 2000 airborne combat vehicle. Another variant is amphibious and can carry HJ-8 anti-tank missiles.

 

 
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