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Dongfeng CSK131

Light protected vehicle

Dongfeng CSK131

The Dongfeng CSK131 can be seen as China's equivalent of uparmored HMMWV

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 3 700 kg
Payload capacity 2 000 kg
Length 5.8 m
Width 2.35 m
Height 1.86 m
Mobility
Engine ISDe 200-41 diesel
Engine power 200 hp
Maximum road speed 135 km/h
Range over 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 0.75 m
Fording (with preparation) 1.2 m

 

   The Dongfeng CSK131 is Chinese light protected vehicle. It was developed by Dongfeng company as a private venture. It is an armored version of Donfeng EQ2050 tactical vehicle, which is widely used by the Chinese armed forces. At the time of its introduction this vehicle was also called the Mengshi (Chinese for brave soldier). The CSK131 is used by China's armed forces. It is also being proposed for export customers.

   The Dongfeng CSK131 is has got an armored hull and provides protection for the passengers against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. This vehicle is sometimes seen with armored windscreen shutters. All-round protection is against 7.62x39 mm ball rounds from a 100 m range. Front arc withstands hits from 7.62x39 mm armor-piercing rounds. The Dongfeng CSK131 can be seen as China's equivalent of uparmored HMMWV.

   The CSK131 accommodates driver and 5 passengers. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 2 000 kg and can carry various cargo and supplies instead of troops. It can also tow light trailers and artillery pieces.

   The Dongfeng CSK131 can mount various weapons on top of the roof. This vehicle can be fitted with shielded machine gun position or remotely-controlled weapon station. It was seen armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, and 35 mm automatic grenade launcher.

   Vehicle is powered by an ISDe 200-41 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 200 hp. It is a license-produced Cummins engine. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. It improved mobility over difficult terrains, such as sand, mud and snow. Wide track of this vehicle allows to drive in tracks left by the main battle tanks. Vehicle is equipped with a self-recovery winch.

 

Variants

 

   Dongfeng CSK141 is a stretched version, which accommodates more passengers. This protected vehicle has unusual rear clamshell doors on either side. The upper part opens upwards, while the lower part opens downwards. The CSK141 is used by the Chinese army. Operational version was seen on 2015 military parade.

   CS/VN11 is a stretched export version. It was first publicly revealed in 2016. This armored vehicle is similar to the CSK141, but has standard rear doors, rather than clamshell doors. It is fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station.

   Dongfeng EQ2101 is a larger vehicle with 6x6 configuration and a more powerful engine. It is available in both protected and unprotected forms. It shares automotive components with the CSK131 and CSK141 protected vehicles.

 

 
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