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NORINCO Type 653

Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV)

The Type 653 Armored Recovery Vehicle was based on the Chinese Type 69 Main Battle Tank.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 4/17/2019
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Year: 1969
Manufacturer(s): China NORth INdustries COmpany (NORINCO) - China
Production: 1,000
Capabilities: Engineering; Utility; Support/Special Purpose;
Crew: 3
Power: 1 x Diesel engine developing 580 horsepower.
Operators: China; Iraq; Pakistan; Thailand
The Type 653 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) was developed by NORINCO of China for the Chinese Army. A conventional ARV system through-and-through, the design was based upon the existing chassis of the Chinese Type 69 Main Battle Tank sans its turret structure. The vehicle was instead given a dozer blade for moving obstacles and earth, a hydraulically-powered lifting crane capable of 70 ton weights, and other qualities to make it a useful ARV on a battletifled. The turret area was replaced by a fixed hull superstructure to represent the crew operating space.

The Type 69 origins were clearly visible in the hull lines and running gear - which included five road wheels to a hull side. The operating crew was three personnel.

Operators included the Chinese military as well as Iraq, Pakistan and Thailand.




Variants / Models

• Type 69 MBT - Base Main Battle Tank production model.
• type 653 ARV - Variant based on Type 69 chassis.
• Type 84 - Redesignation of later variants by NORINCO
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