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ZFB 05

Armored personnel carrier

ZFB 05

The ZFB 05 armored personnel carrier has been sold to a number of African countries

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 7 ~ 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 4.5 / 4.7 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm / 12.7-mm
Engine SOFIM 8142.43 diesel
Engine power 118 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range 800 - 850 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.75 m


   The ZFB 05 armored personnel carrier has been developed primarily for export. It is also known as the Xinxing or New Star in its commercial name. It is a low-cost APC, which is simple in design and technology. The ZFB 05 has been sold to a number of African countries. It has also seen service with Chinese UN peacekeeping forces, armed police and public security forces. It is estimated that about 100 of these APCs were in service with China by 2008.

   The ZFB 05 has an all-steel armored hull, which provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Developers claim, that it withstands Soviet 7.62-mm ball rounds. An NBC protection system is proposed as an option. However experience of the Chinese peacekeeping police in Haiti showed, that its hull has been penetrated by small caliber automatic weapons. This armored personnel carrier it is not well suited for intensive operations.

   Vehicle is armed with a roof-mounted 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun. Alternatively the ZFB 05 can be fitted with a roof-mounted 35-mm automatic grenade launcher, or 23-mm turret-mounted cannon.

   This armored personnel carrier has a crew of two, including commander and driver. Troop compartment is located at the rear of the hull. This armored vehicle provides seating for seven to nine soldiers or policemen. There are some firing ports, so the occupants can fire their weapons from within the armored cover.

   The ZFB 05 armored personnel carrier is based on the chassis of Nanjing NJ2046 light utility vehicle, which is a locally-produced copy of Iveco 40.10WM. Vehicle is powered by SOFIM 8142.43 or SOFIM 8142.45 turbocharged diesel engines, developing 118 hp and 130 hp respectively.

   Variants of the ZFB 05 include armored ambulance, command vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle, anti-riot vehicle (fitted with water cannon), or broadcasting vehicle (fitted with roof-mounted speakers).




   ZFB 05A has slightly improved armor protection at the front. Windows were replaced with observation periscopes;

   ZFB 08, a 6x6 version of the ZFB 05 armored vehicle. A prototype was revealed in 2008. It is aimed at the export customers, mainly from Africa;

   TD-2000 short-range surface-to-air missile system, based on the ZFB 05 chassis. It carries eight QW-4 missiles. This air defense system was revealed in 2008.


Video of the ZFB 05 armored personnel carrier


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