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Dongfeng Mengshi

Lightweight Tactical Multirole Vehicle

China | 2010

"The Dongfeng Mengshi is an evolution of an earlier type serving the Chinese forces and based in the American HUMVEE line."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Dongfeng Mengshi Lightweight Tactical Multirole Vehicle.
1 x Diesel-fueled turbocharged engine drviing 4x4 OR 6x6 all-wheeled arrangement.
Installed Power
62 mph
100 kph
Road Speed
342 miles
550 km
The physical qualities of the Dongfeng Mengshi Lightweight Tactical Multirole Vehicle.
15.0 ft
4.57 meters
O/A Length
6.1 ft
1.87 meters
O/A Width
7.1 ft
2.17 meters
O/A Height
13,889 lb
6,300 kg | 6.9 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Dongfeng Mengshi Lightweight Tactical Multirole Vehicle.
Typical fit includes a Remote Weapon Station mounting 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 12.7mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) / Anti-Infantry (AI) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG), and 35mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL).

Also any personal weapons carried by the crew and passengers.

Dedicated versions carry Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), 129mm field mortars, and 122mm howitzers.
Dependent upon armament fit.
Notable series variants as part of the Dongfeng Mengshi family line.
Mengshi - Base Series Name.
CSK-131 - Base multirole design; manually-controlled turret over roof; modern comms; 6,300kg gross weight rating.
CSK-131 CP - Command Post variant with enhanced comms suite.
CSK-131 ARV - Armored Recovered Vehicle form with 12.7mm HMG and 35mm AGL in RWS as well as dedicated equipment for the role.
TL-4 - Missile carrier with 4 x TL-4 ATGMs mounting.
CSK-141 - Advanced tactical vehicle with lengthened wheelbase; 10-passenger capable; RWS over hull roof; night-vision equipment; clamshell type doors; broad weapons support; 6.300kg gross weight rating.
CSK-181 - Light Tactical Vehicle of 2020 based in EQ2111 model; broad weapons support; RWS support; 8,000kg gross weight rating.
CSK-181 C2 - Command & Control variant.
CSK-181 ATGM - Missile carrier supporting HJ-11 or AFT-11 ATGM series missiles by way of mounted, trainable launcher.
CSK-182 - Shortened hull version of CSK-181; seating for six; RWS support; based in the EQ2111 production model.
CS/VN11 - Export version of the CSK-141.
EQ2111 - MRAP prototype offering; 8,500kg gross weight rating.
CTL-181 - Enhanced protection vehicle; 10,500kg gross weight rating.
CTL-181A - Variant.
PCL-171 - 122mm howitzer gun carrier.
CTL-181A ATMC - HJ-10 ATGM missile carrier.
CTL-181A 120mm - 120mm mortar carrier.
CTL-181A VLB - Vehicle-Launched Bridge carrier.
CTL-181A UAV - Drone swarm launcher vehicle carrier.
CSZ-181 - Mine-protected vehicle; 10,000kg gross weight rating.
CSZ-181 MEDVAC - Medical Evacuation model.
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The Dongfeng "Mengshi" is a lightweight, tactically-minded 4x4 all-wheeled military vehicle utilized by the Chinese Armed Forces and manufactured by China-based Dongfeng Motor Group. The type is equivalent to the American "Hummer" / HUMVEE multi-purpose / multi-role vehicle and is designed for all-terrain utility work, capable of traversing on-road / off-road with equal success, and can handle a variety of miscellaneous and dedicated battlefield roles. The original model (detailed elsewhere on this site) was based closely on a reverse-engineered copy of the well-known American "Hummer H1" with later iterations now being made to more specific Chinese requirements and design style.

To showcase its versatility, this Chinese vehicle has been produced in several variants including the "CSK-131" which typically carries a light manned combat turret over the hull roof line. The "CSK-131 CP" is a Command Post (CP) model with an enhanced communications suite while the "CSK-131 ARV" is an Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) form featuring heavier self-defense-minded armament including a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) with 35mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) in a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to protect the operating crew. The "TL-4" is a dedicated missile carrier mounting 4 x TL-4 Anti-Tank, Guided-Missiles (ATGMs) for the high-speed tank-killing role.

The related "CSK-141" is a heavier, direct-contact vehicle though still lightly-armored for front-line use. The chassis is lengthened to accommodate additional passengers and mission equipment. Again an RWS is part of the self-defense armament fit which also supports ATGMs. The "EQ2101" production model adds a third axle to have 6x6 all-wheel drive support and improved off-road function while its export version is the "CS/VN11" introduced back in 2016.

The heaviest of the group, the "CSK-181", is a lightweight tactical offering based in the CSK-141 and has night-vision equipment, seating for eight, RWS support, and enhanced protection and crew survivability. The "CSK-181 C2" is its Command & Control (C2) variant while the "CSK-181 ATGM" is the dedicated missile carrier variant.

The related "CSK-182" has a shortened wheelbase with seating for six while carrying an RWS over the hull roof.

The "CSZ-181" is given enhanced armor protection, a 6x6 all-wheel drive, and tips the scales at 10,000 kilograms. The "CSZ-181 MEDVAC" is the MEDical eVACucation model.

Other forms of the series include the "PCL-171" fielding a 122mm in-direct fire howitzer for the fire support role, the "CTL-181A ATMC" missile carrier mounting 4 x HJ-10 ATGMs, the "CTL-181A 120mm" dedicated field mortar carrier for in-direct fire support at range, the "CTL-181A ABB" with its Vehicle-Launched Bridge (VLB) system, and the "CTL-181A UAV" which sports a modern drone-swarm-launching capability.

Mengshi vehicles are commonly featured in PLA parades as well as exercises across the Chinese landscape.

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May 2022 - Dongfeng Mengshi trucks were photographed in active exercises with PLA forces as the vehicle continues to be integrated into PLA ranks.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Dongfeng Mengshi. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 10,000 Units

Contractor(s): Dongfeng Motor Group - China
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