Review the mainland to Hong Kong media said the new car higher level People’s Liberation Army rapid reaction capability
said the Chinese ZBD-09 Russian tanks advanced modular design performance.
newspaper freelance writer Zhang Union Hill
Hong Kong, “Asia-Pacific Defense” magazine recently reported that China is accelerating the Army’s latest facelift ZBD-09 “Snow Leopard” 8 Infantry chariot, the car will get the PLA military rapid reaction force as a full geographic mobility as. Moreover, the Chinese military industry also hope that “Snow Leopard” exit door to go abroad and become a star of another export weapons.
basic design standards with international trends
as a 20-ton wheeled armored vehicle, “Snow Leopard” is mainly used to carry infantry equipped with offensive and defensive combat maneuvering task. It adopts the international popular layout, that is the engine front, fighting compartment center, rear of the passenger compartment, the compartment between the soundproof, noise reduction, heat insulation of the partition. The entire vehicle can carry three crew and seven heavily armed infantry. Cabin crew opened fire hole to strengthen the infantry ride capability. There is a body to the right rear hydraulic automatic doors opened for passenger and goods access.
car fully modular design, through the power, transmission, operation, manipulation, body and weapons, six different combinations of basic modules, the development of a variety of modifications, easier to adapt to real needs. Power, “Snow Leopard” with power 450 hp turbo diesel engine, the theoretical maximum speed of 100 kilometers, the largest travel 800 km. To improve off-road performance, “Snow Leopard” is equipped with computer-controlled central charge and discharge gas system that allows all or a single tire pressure within a few minutes to reach a predetermined value. Tires with special security design, shot persist even after more than 100 km.
floating car also has a water crossing, eliminating the need to prepare to be passed by not more than three waves of the river, water the maximum speed of 8 km. Body set up tilting the front anti-surfers, according to the need to open and close.
outstanding balance of firepower to survive the performance
the Chinese military for “snow leopard” of weapons and equipment requirements clear – highlight the “fighter” feature. To this end, the car is equipped with a double turret with a “Russian blood” of the 30 mm cannon and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun turret with a red arrow on both sides of the -73 anti-tank missile launchers, fire Russian tracked infantry fighting vehicles close to the standard. Another reported that “Snow Leopard” is equipped with advanced night vision equipment, both white gunner sight, laser rangefinder and night vision, and enhance the all-weather capability. Driver with a helmet-mounted night vision, standard equipment can be observed in the dark or when visibility is low and the car driving to meet the observation needs to achieve the “action for action” shooting and night precision strike.
on defense capability, the “Snow Leopard” to absorb from the Western concept of modular armor protection, through the “base armor + composite armor” approach to improve force protection, according to the actual situation, but also flexible installation Additional ceramic armor. It is estimated that the car can withstand the front and 12.7 mm armor-piercing incendiary shells fragments of the attack, the side against 7.62 mm armor-piercing incendiary can, back to normal playing against 7.62 mm. There were also reports that “Snow Leopard” ceramic composite armor steel plate with double-layer protection technology, the outer body is a high-hardness armor plate, the inner layer is a high-toughness alumina ceramic armor, with a tough defense inside the hard outer effects. Turret mounted on each side of a group of three associated projectile-type smoke-grenade launchers, anti-vehicle devices and comes with a collective three automatic fire equipment, body external to spray anti-infrared detection of stealth coatings to further improve vehicle survivability.
high-profile entry into the global car market
heavy wheeled chariot is the world’s arms market attention in recent years, popular hot marine weapons, as opposed to silence The main battle tanks, tracked infantry fighting vehicles and other products, countries in the past few years introduced more than ten kinds, rather, “you Changba me play” of the situation. In this wave of boom, based on “information to win local wars under conditions of” the People’s Liberation Army is not far behind. In 2009, the National Day parade, the Jinan Military District from the “Snow Leopard” tanks public appearance, caused a sensation.
compared to similar foreign vehicles, China’s “Snow Leopard” come out even though some lag, but it is the so-called “striking”, thanks to constantly have to absorb the international advanced technology, the car’s subsequent development quite broad. Analysis pointed out that the PLA has been serving a large number of tanks to the replacement of old time, with the advent of various derivative models one after another, not how long, the PLA team in the “Snow Leopard” will be children and grandchildren.
worth mentioning is that the “snow leopard” in the Chinese army’s rapid reaction force based at the same time, it was quickly pushed overseas. February 2009 Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, China North Industries Corporation has put the car export models stand, Attacking the international market. Pakistan in the recently held “concept 2010″ Defense Exhibition (IDEAS-2010), the North Industries Corporation Youyi “VN-1″ of the grand launch of the car export numbers, not inferior to European big propaganda battle military enterprise.