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PTL02 tank destroyer

The PTL02 tank destroyer was based on existing technologies to reduce development costs

Country of origin China
Entered service 2004 - 2005
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 19 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ~ 6.7 m
Width ~ 2.9 m
Height ?
Main gun 100 mm smoothbore gun
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm, 1 x 12.7 mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 30 rounds
Machine guns 7.62 x 800, 12.7 x 480
Engine Deutz BF8L413F diesel
Engine power 320 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 80 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 1.2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The PTL02 tank destroyer is based on the Type 92 wheeled armored vehicle and is fielded along with the Type 92 infantry fighting vehicles and Type 92 armored personnel carriers. The main goal was to create a low cost but highly mobile tank destroyer. The PTL02 (sometimes referred as Type 02) was first introduced in 2002-2003. Its production for the Chinese army began in 2004-2005. Currently it is widely used by the Chinese army.

   This tank destroyer is designed to engage armored vehicles, fortification, bunkers and other targets. The PTL02 is based on existing technologies, thus maximally reducing development costs.

   Vehicle has a welded steel armor hull. It provides all-round protection from 12.7 mm machine gun fire. It is also fitted with an NBC protection system and automatic fire suppression equipment.

   The PTL02 is armed with a 100 mm high-pressure smoothbore gun, developed from the Type 86 towed anti-tank gun. It fires APFSDS, HEAT and HE rounds. Vehicle carries 30 rounds for the main gun. This gun can engage lightly armored vehicles, however is not that effective against modern main battle tanks.

   Fire control and observation systems of the PTL02 were developed from the Type 88 main battle tank and are rather simple.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun, mounted on top of commander's cupola.

   Vehicle has a crew of five.

   Chassis of the PTL02 is almost identical to the Type 92 armored vehicles and most of the parts are interchangeable. Vehicle is powered by the Deutz BF8L413F turbocharged diesel engine, developing 320 horsepower. Engine is located in the middle. It is mated to a manual gearbox with 9-forward and 1-reverse gears. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre pressure regulation system. This tank destroyer lacks waterjets and is presumably not amphibious, unless fitted with special floatation kit.

   The PTL02 is typically used alongside similar vehicles with 6x6 configuration. It can be rapidly deployed using road network. The PTL02 can be also airlifted. A Chinese Y-8 tactical transport aircraft can carry two such vehicles, while the Y-20 can carry three.




   WMA301 is an export version. It can be identified by a wedge-shaped turret. This vehicle is armed with a 105 mm gun, which is compatible with all standard NATO ammunition. These fire support vehicles are in service with Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Myanmar, Senegal, and possibly some other countries. It has seen action during various military conflicts.


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