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ZBD04A



Overview


ZBD04A

Forward view of the Chinese ZBD04A mechanized infantry combat vehicle during military field trails.
Source: Chinese internet - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
China
Type
Mechanized infantry combat vehicle
Entered service
2011
Status
In service
Development
Mid to late 2000's
Developer
China - Norinco
Production
2007 - present
Producer
China - Norinco
Designations
WZ502G (factory designation)
ZBD08 (incorrect but widely used designation)
Notable users
China

Description


Introduction

The ZBD04A is a modern mechanized infantry combat vehicle of Chinese origin. The ZBD04A is the successor of the ZBD04 and trades in its amphibious capability for an increased protection level. Some sources use the name ZBD08 for this vehicle, but apparently that designation is not used by the PLA.

Layout

Although the ZBD04A looks quite different from its predecessor, it basically is the same vehicle. The engine is located at the front right and the drive is seated on the left. The turret is located in the middle and crew compartment is located at the rear. Roof hatches and a rear door allows the 7 infantrymen to enter and exit the vehicle. Compared to the ZBD04 the hull is more squared, interior space is increased since the water jets have been removed and the turret is larger. The chassis is also used for a range of specialist vehicles.

Firepower

The ZBD04A is well armed with its 100mm cannon and coaxial 30mm autocannon and 7.62mm machine gun. The 100mm main gun can fire HE-Frag shells and may launch anti-tank guided missiles. Since it is stabilized it may fire on the move. For the 30mm autocannon a total of 500 rounds of AP-T and HEI-T are carried.

Protection

The ZBD04A is the first Chinese mechanized infantry combat vehicle with a more than basic protection level. Both hull and turret are made of welded steel. Applique armor can be fitted to the hull front, sides and turret front. The claimed protection level is against 30mm autocannon rounds over the frontal arc and 14.5mm rounds all around. Smoke grenade dischargers are fitted to the turret sides and a NBC protection system is present.

Mobility

The tracked chassis provides the ZBD04A with good cross country performance. This allows the ZBD04A to keep up with modern main battle tanks such as the ZTZ99. Due to the improved armor package the ZBD04A no longer has the same amphibious capabilities of the ZBD04. However, it remains amphibious and is capable of crossing calm water propelling itself with its tracks.

Users

The ZBD04A is used by the Peoples Liberation Army and it complements the ZBD04 for use by mechanized infantry. Thus far the ZBD04A was not featured in export brochures.

Details


ZBD04A

Top view of Chinese ZBD04A mechanized infantry combat vehicle.
Source: www.club.china.com - © copyright lies with original owner

ZBD04A and its variants

The ZBD04A is a mechanized infantry combat vehicle designed to accompany main battle tanks at the front line. The square hull and larger turret make it easy to distinguish this vehicle from its predecessor.

Numerous variants based on the ZBD04A chassis have been observed. Some of these may remain at the prototype stage.:
- AFT-10 tank destroyer with NLOS missiles.
- Command post with increased roofline.
- Observation vehicle with sensor mast.
- Communications vehicle with aerials and SATCOM equipment
- Ambulance without turret and armed with a 12.7mm QJC88 heavy machine gun.

Facts ZBD04A
General
Origin
China
Type
Mechanized infantry combat vehicle
Crew
3 + 7 (commander, driver, gunner, 7 infantry)
Dimensions
Weight
24 t
Length
7.2 m
Width
3.2 m
Height
2.5 m
Main armament
Type
100mm low pressure cannon
Mount
Turret
Ammunition
30 shells/missiles in total
Elevation
Powered
Traverse
360° powered
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
Coaxial autocannon
Type
30mm ZPT99 autocannon
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
500 rounds in total
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
Coaxial machine gun
Type
7.62mm Type 86 coaxial machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
2.000 rounds in total
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
Chassis
Chassis type
Tracked chassis, 6 roadwheels
Drive sprocket front, idler rear
Suspension
Torsion bar
Automotive
Engine
Water cooled diesel engine
Power output
590 hp
Mobility
Speed
75 km/h on road
6 km/h in water
Range
500 km
Power to weight ratio
24.6 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Wall
0.7 m
Trench
1.8 m
Gradient
60 %
Slope
40 %
Fording
Amphibious?
Protection
Armor type
Steel hull and turret
NBC system
Yes
Smoke system
2x5 smoke grenade dischargers

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The ZBD04A was developed from the earlier ZBD04. The armament is similar, but the chassis is very different. Amphibious capabilities have been traded for a better level of protection.