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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

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 1 750 kg
Payload capacity 1 100 kg
Length 3.94 m
Width 1.55 m
Height ~ 1.5 m
Height (top of roll-over bars) 1.8 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 87 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 4 km/h
Range ~ 250 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench 1.2 m
Fording 0.6 m / Amphibious

 

   Recently a number of Chinese 8x8 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) appeared. First militarized designs were observed in 2008. Most likely that all of these vehicles are based on Canadian commercial Argo designs. One of them is produced by Yiwu Xibeihu Special Vehicles. Sometimes it is referred as the Lynx. 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 designs. Modifications include a strengthened body and different top structure with storage space and weapon mounts. Engine was relocated to the rear. The vehicle is in service with Chinese army, marines and some other paramilitary units. Such ATVs are typically used by parachute brigades and special operation forces. This all-terrain vehicle is proposed for export customers as the CS/VP4. It has been exported to Venezuela, and possibly some other countries. 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 1 100 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, or even a 120 or 122 mm gun.

   The new Chinese ATV is powered by a small turbocharged diesel engine, developing 87 hp. Maximum road speed is 65 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. Amphibious speed on water is 4 km/h.

   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. Furthermore it can be airdropped using a special parachute platform.

 

Variants

 

   CS/VP4 is an export version. This vehicle has been exported to Venezuela. A first batch of over 20 vehicles was delivered in 2017. Also it is possible that the CS/VP4 was exported to some other countries.

 

 

 

 
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