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ZSL92



Overview


ZSL92

ZSL92 armored personnel carrier based on the WZ551 chassis in the field.
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Origin
China
Type
Infantry fighting vehicle
Entered service
Early 1990's
Status
In service
Development
Early 1980's
Developer
China - Norinco
Production
1990's - present?
Producer
China - Norinco
Designations
Type 92
Notable users
China - Army
China - Police

Description


Introduction

The ZSL92 is an infantry fighting vehicle of Chinese origin. It was developed in the 1980's for infantry formations. Whereas older armored personnel carriers were armed with a heavy machine gun, the ZSL92 was support infantry with its autocannon.

Layout

The ZSL92 is based on the WZ551 6x6 chassis which looks rather similar to the French VAB. The driver and commander are seated in the front and the engine is mounted in the middle. The troop compartment is located at the rear. The original WZ551 was produced in limited quantities as the ZSL90 (aka Type 90) but was found lacking in performance. The version that was put in quantity production was the WZ551A (aka ZSL92 or Type 92) which has a slightly redesigned chassis, a more powerful engine and improved reliability. The ZSL92 features an overhead weapon system with 25mm autocannon. The chassis served as basis for many variants.

Firepower

The ZSL92 infantry fighting vehicle version is armed with an overhead weapons system 25mm ZPT90 autocannon and a 7.62mm Type 86 coaxial machine gun. The 25mm autocannon has a good range and is effective against most light armored vehicles. Since the armament is not stabilized it is of little use when moving.

Protection

The steel armor protects the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters. AP rounds fired from a heavy machine gun are able to penetrate the hull. An NBC system is fitted and most variants have two banks of smoke grenade launchers. The tires are of the run flat type and allow travel at reduced speeds for 100 km when punctured.

Mobility

The ZSL92 has a good mobility on roads and a reasonable performance off road. A Deutz 320 hp diesel engine provides propulsion. The maximum speed on roads is 90 km/h and the range is up to 800 km. The ZSL92 is fully amphibious and is powered in the water by two steerable propellers behind the rear wheels.

Users

The main user of the ZSL92 is China. The WZ551 chassis serves as the basis for many variants exported to various Asian and African nations. The ZBL08 is a larger wheeled infantry fighting vehicle designed to supplement and eventually replace the ZSL92 in Chinese service.

Details


Facts ZSL92
General
Origin
China
Type
Infantry fighting vehicle
Crew
2 + 11 (driver, gunner, 11 infantry)
Dimensions
Weight
15.3 t combat load
Length
6.73 m
Width
2.86 m
Height
2.10 m to hull top
2.89 m overall
Main armament
Type
25mm ZPT90 autocannon
Mount
Overhead weapon system
Ammunition
400 rounds
Elevation
-8° to +55°, powered
Traverse
360°, powered
Stabilizer
No
Secondary armament
Type
7.62mm Type 86 machine gun
Mount
Coaxial in overhead weapon system
Ammunition
1.000 rounds
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
No
Chassis
Chassis type
Wheeled chassis, 6x6
Tread
2.44 m
Wheelbase
1.9 + 1.9 m
Automotive
Engine model
Deutz BF8L413FC
Engine type
V8 diesel
Power output
320 hp at 2.500 rpm
Transmission
ZF 6HP500 automatic, 5 forward, 1 reverse
Fuel
400 L
Mobility
Speed
90 km/h on road
8.5 km/h afloat
Range
600 km on road
Turn radius
9 m
Power to weight ratio
20.9 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.41 m
Wall
0.5 m
Trench
1.2 m
Gradient
70 %
Slope
30 %
Fording
Amphibious
Protection
Armor type
Steel
NBC system
Yes
Smoke system
2x4 75mm smoke grenade dischargers
Equipment
Night vision
Yes

Media


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