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PGZ09



Overview


PGZ09

PGZ09 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun on parade.

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Origin
China
Type
Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
Entered service
2009
Status
In service
Development
Early to late 2000's
Developer
China - Northwest Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
Production
2007 - present
Producer
China
Designations
PGZ07
Widely used designation, but apparently incorrect.
Type 09

Description


Introduction

The PGZ09 is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun of Chinese origin. It was developed to supplement and eventually replace the PGZ95 in Chinese service. Compared to its predecessor the PGZ09 has more capable armament and sensors. For several years this vehicles was called PGZ07. It now appears the old designation is incorrect.

Layout

The PGZ09 is based on a tracked chassis similar to the one used with the PLZ05 self-propelled howitzer. The engine and drivetrain are located in the front. The layout of the turret is rather similar to the German Gepard. On either side a 35mm autocannon is fitted. The tracking radar is located at the front of the turret and the search radar is at the rear side. The three man crew consists of a commander, driver and gunner.

Firepower

The PGZ09 is armed with two 35mm autocannon. These are similar to the PG99 towed anti-aircraft gun, which in turn is a copy of the Swiss GDF-002 with Oerlikon KDA autocannon. The cyclic rate of fire is 550 rpm per barrel. The maximum effective range of the PGZ09 is quoted as 4 km horizontal and 3 km vertical. Various types of ammunition can be used, including programmable air burst ammunition. Reportedly two or four infrared guided MANPADS can be fitted as well. Such missiles increase the standoff range and aren't affected by electronic countermeasures.

Sensors and fire control systems

The PGZ09 features two types of radar. The search radar has a reported range of 20 km and IFF capability. The tracking radar is used to provide firing solutions for the 35mm guns. Combined with the laser range finder the tracking radar provides input for setting the programmable fuzes. A large daylight and thermal camera allows the main guns to be used against ground targets, or aerial targets in cases where electronic countermeasures are applied.

Mobility

The tracked chassis provides a good all terrain mobility. The PGZ09 can keep up with the mechanized forces it is to protect. The 800 hp diesel engine allows for a maximum road speed of 55 km/h. The PGZ09 is not amphibious.

Protection

The PGZ09 is operated from under armor protection. The armor protects the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters. Over the frontal arc the armor is rated to withstand 14.5mm heavy machine gun round fired from longer ranges. A bank of four smoke grenade dischargers can be found on either side of the turret. NBC and fire suppression systems are present.

Users

The PGZ09 is in use with China. It is said to become the standard issue self-propelled anti-aircraft gun for mechanized infantry divisions.

Details


Facts PGZ09
General
Origin
China
Type
Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
Crew
3 (commander, driver, gunner)
Dimensions
Weight
35 t
Length
6.7 m
Width
3.2 m
Height
3.4 m radar stowed
4.82 m radar raised
Main armament
Type
2x 35mm Type 90 autocannon
Mount
One autocannon on either side of turret
Rate of fire
550 rpm per gun, 1.100 rpm combined
Max range
4 km horizontal
3 km vertical
Sensors
Radar systems
Search radar, 20 km range
Tracking radar
Optics
Infrared TV sight
Daylight TV sight
Laser range finder
Automotive
Chassis
Tracked chassis, 6 roadwheels, drive sprocket front and idler rear
Suspension
Torsion bar
Engine
8V150 water-cooled turbo-charged diesel
Power output
800 hp
Mobility
Speed
55 km/h
Range
450 km
Power to weight ratio
22.9 hp/t
Protection
Armor type
Steel armor with spall liners
Smoke
2x4 smoke grenade dischargers
NBC system
Yes
Fire suppression
Automatic fire suppression system

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