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NORINCO Type 77 (WZ511)

Tracked Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

The Type 77 Armored Personnel Carrier joined the inventory of the Chinese military in the late-1970s and continues in service today.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 7/7/2017
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Year: 1978
Manufacturer(s): NORINCO (China NORth INdustries COrporation) - China
Production: 2,000
Crew: 2
Length: 23.46 ft (7.15 m)
Width: 10.50 ft (3.2 m)
Height: 7.05 ft (2.15 m)
Weight: 17 tons (15,500 kg; 34,172 lb)
Power: 1 x12150L-2 12-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine developing 402 horsepower at 2,000rpm.
Speed: 37 mph (60 kph)
Ceiling: 230 miles (370 km)
Operators: China


1 x 12.7mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)

550 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated)

Variants / Models

• Type 77 - Base Series Designation
• WZ511 - Alternative Designation (industrial name)
• Type 77-1 (WZ511-1) - APC/Artillery carrier form; 85mm or 120mm gun transport; onboard powered winch and ramps for loading/unloading cargo.
• Type 77-2 (WZ511-2) - Amphibious APC model; sans winch and access ramps.
• Type 76 ARV - Armored Recovery Vehicle
• Type 89 - Self-Propelled Gun conversion of Type 77; fitted with 122mm armament.
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