MANUFACTURER(S): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
LENGTH: 26.25 feet (8 meters)
WIDTH: 9.84 feet (3 meters)
HEIGHT: 6.89 feet (2.1 meters)
WEIGHT: 22 Tons (20,000 kilograms; 44,092 pounds)
ENGINE: 1 x Deutz BF6M1015C diesel-fueled engine developing 440 horsepower and driving a conventional 8x8 wheeled arrangement.
SPEED: 62 miles-per-hour (100 kilometers-per-hour)
RANGE: 497 miles (800 kilometers)
NBC PROTECTION: Yes - Optional.
Detailing the development and operational history of the NORINCO ZTL-11 (Type 11) 8x8 Wheeled Assault Gun.
Entry last updated on 3/7/2019.
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The NORINCO "ZTL-11" is an 8x8 wheeled / self-propelled "assault gun" with an in-built amphibious capability. It is used by Chinese Army and Marine forces and is a direct variant of the ZBL-08 / Type 08 8x8 wheeled modular Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) family. As an assault gun, the vehicle is charged with direct contact action of enemy positions and lightly armored vehicles, fitting a capable 105mm main gun in its turret. The wheeled nature of the design provides the needed cross-country support in keeping up with the main mechanized fighting force.
The main gun is a 105mm British-originated Royal Ordnance L7 rifled main gun with full armor-defeating capability at-range and can also fire various High-Explosive (HE) rounds at embedded "soft" targets. Beyond this is an optional 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG). Smoke grenade dischargers, fitted six to a turret side, provide the truck with a self-screening capability as it moves through contested territory.
The vehicle retains all of the excellent qualities inherent in the ZBL-08 family including its fully-suspended 8x8 wheeled arrangement, shallow glacis plate, and Deutz diesel-fueled engine (mated to a semi-automatic transmission system). The amphibious quality allows the truck to be launched offshore and make its way to land, continuing the fight inland. China puts a heavy priority on amphibious assault operations and vehicles such as the ZTL-11 fit the scheme.
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