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Chinese 8x8 ATV

All-terrain vehicle

Chinese 8x8 ATV

The new Chinese 8x8 all-terrain vehicle is based on commercial Argo design

 
 
Entered service ?
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 1 200 kg
Payload capacity 600 ~ 900 kg
Length ~ 3.1 m
Width ~ 1.7 m
Height ~ 1.5 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 30 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 45 km/h
Amphibious speed on water ~ 6 km/h
Range ~ 250 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.3 m
Trench 0.6 m
Fording 0.6 m / Amphibious

 

   Recently a number of Chinese 8x8 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) appeared. First militarized designs were observed in 2008. It seems that all of these vehicles are based on Canadian commercial Argo designs. One of them is produced by Yiwu Xibeihu Special Vehicles.

   It seems that the new all-terrain vehicle was developed in close cooperation with the Chinese army. It is an 8 wheel-drive amphibious off-road vehicle. This ATV has a bathtube-like design. It is constructed of composite materials. It was significantly militarized comparing with commercial Argo design. Modifications include a strengthened body and different top structure with storage space and weapon mounts. Engine was relocated to the rear.

   It seems that the new vehicle is already in service with Chinese army and some other paramilitary units. Such ATVs are typically used by parachute brigades and special operation forces.  It is worth noting that South African National Defense Forces also use a successful Gecko 8x8 ATV, which is also based on Canadian Argo design.

   The new Chinese 8x8 all-terrain vehicle can be used for different roles, including troop, cargo, equipment and weapon transport, reconnaissance, resupply, or casualty evacuation. During airborne and special forces operations this vehicle can be landed by helicopters and briefly redeploy from landing zones to firing positions.

   The cargo space at the rear can be used to carry troops, personal equipment or ammunition. Payload capacity is about 600-900 kg. Seating is provided for the driver and 5 passengers. This all-terrain vehicle can tow light artillery pieces.

   There is a mount for general purpose or heavy machine gun, or alternatively a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. A version of this ATV has been observed, armed with multiple launch artillery rocket systems.

   The new Chinese ATV is powered by a small turbocharged diesel engine, developing around 30 hp. Maximum road speed is about 45 km/h. Maximum range on fuel is up to 250 km, obviously depending on terrain. These all-terrain vehicles can travel over all kinds of cross-country terrain, including forests, swamps and sand. Tracks can be fitted for travelling over ice and snow. Vehicle is fitted with a self-recovery winch.

   This all-terrain vehicle is amphibious with 200 or 300 kg of cargo. On water it is propelled by its wheels.

   This ATV can be lifted internally or underslung by helicopters. It fits inside the Chinese Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters. It will easily fit inside tactical military cargo aircraft.

 

 
Chinese 8x8 ATV

Chinese 8x8 ATV

Chinese 8x8 ATV

Chinese 8x8 ATV

Chinese 8x8 ATV

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