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NORINCO ZTL-11 (Type 11)

8x8 Wheeled Assault Gun

The NORINCO ZTL-11 is a variant of the highly-modular ZBL-08 8x8 wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicle serving the modern Chinese military.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 3/7/2019
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Year: 2009
Manufacturer(s): China NORth INdustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
Production: 100
Capabilities: Amphibious; Fire Support/Assault/Breaching;
Crew: 3
Length: 26.25 ft (8 m)
Width: 9.84 ft (3 m)
Height: 6.89 ft (2.1 m)
Weight: 22 tons (20,000 kg); 44,092 lb
Power: 1 x Deutz BF6M1015C diesel-fueled engine developing 440 horsepower and driving a conventional 8x8 wheeled arrangement.
Speed: 62 mph (100 kph)
Range: 497 miles (800 km)
Operators: China
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.


1 x 105mm Royal Ordnance L7 main gun in turret.
1 x 12.6mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) at commander's cupola.
12 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers.

30 x 105mm projectiles (estimated).
500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).
12 x Smoke grenades.

Variants / Models

• ZTL-11 - Base Series Designation.
• Type 11 - Alternative designation.
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