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ZLC 2000

Airborne combat vehicle

ZLC 2000 ACV

The ZLC 2000 airborne combat vehicle might contain some Russian technologies

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service 2003
Crew 3 men
Personnel 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 8 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Main gun 25 mm cannon
ATGW HJ-73C launcher (3 missiles)
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm or 5.8 mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed 68 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 6 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1.5 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The ZLC 2000 airborne combat vehicle reportedly entered service with Chinese airborne units in 2003. Its industrial designation is WZ506. This vehicle was was first observed in 2005. It is the first Chinese ACV, which greatly enhanced China's offensive capability. The ZLC 2000 was indigenously developed in China, however it might contain some Russian technologies, used on the BMD-3.

   The ZLC 2000 has a box-shaped hull and a front engine compartment. This vehicle has limited armor protection due to its low weight required for airborne operations.

   Vehicle is fitted with a one-man turret, armed with 25 mm cannon. It fires in 3- or 5-round burst modes, while the maximum rate of fire is 200 rpm. The ZLC 2000 turret is fitted with HJ-73C anti-tank guided missile launcher. Three of these missiles are carried inside the hull. There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm or 5.8 mm machine gun.

   The ZLC 2000 has a crew of three and can carry four troops. There are a some firing ports and associated periscopes provides for the troops. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via the rear doors or roof hatches.

   The ZLC 2000 is powered by an unspecified diesel engine. This ACV has a hydropneumatic suspension system with adjustable ground clearance. Tracks are retracted before airdropping to reduce the impact during landing. This vehicle can be airdropped from any medium transport aircraft using parachute platform. The IL-76MD can carry three of these vehicles. The new China's Y-20 military transport aircraft can also carry this vehicles. Unlike the latest Russian ACV designs the ZLC 2000 is dropped separately from the crew. The ZLC 2000 is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by its tracks.

 

Variants

 

   Armored command vehicle, has a raised rear hull to accommodate staff.

   Anti-tank guided missile carrier, armed with HJ-8 anti-tank missiles.

   Armored cargo vehicle, intended to carry ammunition and other battlefield supplies.

 

 

 

 
ZLC 2000 ACV

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ZLC 2000 ACV

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ZLC 2000 ACV

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