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ZBD 2000

Amphibious infantry fighting vehicle

ZBD 2000 IFV

The ZBD 2000 amphibious IFV was specially developed for the PLA Marine Corps

Entered service 2006
Crew 3 men
Personnel 6 ~ 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Main gun 30-mm cannon
ATGW HJ-73C launcher
Machine gun 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 300 rounds (?)
Machine gun ?
Engine diesel
Engine power 590 hp on land / 1 580 hp on water
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 25 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording Amphibious


   The ZBD 2000 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle was revealed in 2006. It was specially developed for the PLA Marine Corps and shows the high level of resources China is devoting towards the amphibious assault capabilities. This amphibious IFV is similar in concept to the US Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. It is in service with China. Sometimes it is referred as ZBD-05. It is also being offered for export as VN18. It seems that this IFV has been exported to Venezuela.

   The ZBD 2000 is launched at sea from amphibious assault ships and swims at high speed over a long distance to shore. These IFVs are launched 10 km from shore, thus reducing the threats faced by amphibious assault ships. Maximum speed on water is 25 km/h. However this amphibious IFV may not reach the swimming performance of the US EFV, however it is considerable improvement over US AAV7. Eventually the US Marine Corps cancelled the EFV programme and China is the only country to operate such unique high-speed amphibious IFV.

   The ZBD 2000 is armed with a 30-mm cannon. This cannon is a brand new design. Probably it is a copy or license-produced version of the Ukrainian cannon. This IFV is also fitted with a rail launchers for HJ-73C anti-tank guided missiles, mounted on either side of the turret. Some reload missiles are carried inside the hull There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Vehicle can fire all its weapons afloat.

   This IFV has a crew of three and provides accommodation for 6~10 fully equipped marines. Troops dismount through the rear door or roof hatches.

   Hull of the ZBD 2000 infantry fighting vehicle provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. It is believed that its frontal armor withstands 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds.

   Vehicle uses a planning hull and is propelled on water by two waterjets. It was specially designed for high-speed swimming. This amphibious IFV is fitted with hydraulically actuated bow and transom flaps. When actuated these form a planning surface together with the bottom of the hull. It reduces hydrodynamic drag allowing vehicle to swim faster. Engine is located at the hull front. It develops 590 hp on land and 1 580 hp on water.




   ZBD 2000 light tank, armed with a 105-mm rifled gun. Sometimes it is referred as ZTL-05. Its export designation is VN16;

   Command vehicle, has a raised rear roofline and is armed with 12.7-mm machine gun;


   Combat engineer vehicle.


Video of the ZBD 2000 amphibious IFV


ZBD 2000 IFV

ZBD 2000 IFV

ZBD 2000 IFV

ZBD 2000 IFV

ZBD 2000 IFV

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