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.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
✓Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.
26.2 ft 8 m
9.8 ft 3 m
6.9 ft 2.1 m
44,092 lb 20,000 kg
22.0 tons MEDIUM
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base NORINCO ZTL-11 (Type 11) production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
1 x Deutz BF6M1015C diesel-fueled engine developing 440 horsepower and driving a conventional 8x8 wheeled arrangement.
62.1 mph (100.0 kph)
497.1 mi (800.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base NORINCO ZTL-11 (Type 11) production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
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.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
30 x 105mm projectiles (estimated).
500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).
12 x Smoke grenades.
ZTL-11 - Base Series Designation.
Type 11 - Alternative designation.
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