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Wanshan WS51200

Special wheeled chassis

Wanshan WS51200

The WS51200 was specially designed to carry intercontinental ballistic missiles

Country of origin China
Entered service 2012 (?)
Configuration 16x12
Cab seating 1 + 4 men (?)
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 42 t
Payload capacity 80 t
Length 20.11 m
Width 3.35 m
Height 3.35 m
Engine Cummins KTTA19-C700 diesel
Engine power 700 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 60 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ?


   The Wanshan WS51200 is a Chinese 16x12 special wheeled chassis. It has been developed by Wanshan Special Vehicle company, using technology from Belarusian Minsk Automobile Plant. Older Wanshan trucks were based on Belarusian designs. This special wheeled chassis has a payload capacity of 80 000 kg. It was specially designed as a road mobile Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

   A four-door crew cab of this vehicle accommodates driver, co-driver and a launch crew of the missile.

   Vehicle is powered by Cummins KTTA19-C700 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 700 hp. It is a commercially available industrial engine. Engine is mounted behind and under the cab. It is mated with ZF automatic transmission. This special wheeled chassis has some degree of cross-country mobility. Though it is mainly intended to operate on hard surface roads.

   In 2011 a total of 8 Wanshan WS51200 vehicles have been exported to North Korea. Officially these have been delivered as a lumber transport in order to overcome arms control treaties. Some sources report that North Koreans locally converted these vehicles into missile launchers by installing hydraulic gear and controls to erect a missile.

   The North Korean road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, based on the Chinese WS51200 chassis is referred as the KN-08, No-dong-C or Hwaseong-13. It is similar in size to the Russian Topol-M road mobile ICBM. This missile, as well as the Wanshan special wheeled chassis were first publicly revealed in 2012. The KN-08 missile was first successfully launched by North Koreans in 2017.

   It seems that the North Korea is the only operator of the Wanshan WS51200 special wheeled chassis. As far as it is known Chinese armed forces do not use this vehicle.


   Special thanks for Daniel Yang for sending images and information of this Chinese military truck!



Video of the Wanshan WS51200 special wheeled chassis

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