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NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89)


Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)


China | 1989



"The QJZ-89 is a late-Cold War Heavy Machine Gun development of China inspired by the Soviet NSV series."



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The NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89) is a gas-and-recoil-operated Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) operated in considerable numbers by the fighting forces of China. The design is used aboard rotorcraft, on unarmored and armored vehicles, and across the various warships available to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) service. The gun originates in work completed during the 1980s. influenced to some extend by the Soviet-Russian NSV series of 1971. As a heavy weapon system, the QJZ-89 is typically managed by specially-trained operators and its cartridge is suitable as an armor-defeating measure at-range - hence its versatility.

At its core, the gun is comparable to the American Browning M2.

This massive and ferocious weapon tips the scales at nearly 40lbs without its tripod support assembly (which adds an additional 20lbs or so) and measures a lengthy 65 inches. Chambering is through the proven 12.7x108mm Soviet heavy cartridge feeding from a belted 50-round box. The operator can sight the gun through basic iron sights or over-receiver mounted optics (day and night types supported). Effective range is out to 1,500 meters with a muzzle velocity of 2,790 feet-per-second reaching a rate-of-fire of 450 to 600 rounds-per-minute.

The QJZ-89 has seen only modest export success, being utilized by the militaries of Cambodia and Mongolia.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,640 mm
64.57 in
O/A Length
1,005 mm
39.57 in
Barrel Length
38.58 lb
17.50 kg
Weight
Short-Recoil with Direct Gas Impingement
Action
12.7x108mm Soviet
Caliber(s)
50-round boxed belt.
Feed
Iron Sights; Over-Receiver Optics
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
5,000 ft
1,524.0 m | 1,666.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
525
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
2,790 ft/sec
850 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) family line.
QJZ-89 - Base Series Designation.
Type 89 - Alternative Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): China NOrth INdustries COrportation (NORINCO) - China
National flag of China National flag of Mongolia

[ Cambodia; China; Mongolia ]
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Image of the NORINCO QJZ-89 (Type 89)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

Design Qualities
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Recognition
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