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Type 05 Light Amphibious Tank
Type ZTD 05 Light Amphibious Tank

The ZTD-05 weighs an estimated 26 tons and can reportedly travel 40 kph, carries a version of the 105-mm low-recoil gun that arms the ZTZ-63A, and also uses the Bastion antitank missile. The ZTD 05 has a crew of three. The ZTD-05 has a retractable spurnwater in front of the body, which can offset the resistance of water and accelerate the movement in water.

The ZTD-05 is a domestically made, high-speed amphibious assault vehicle and is the most advanced medium-sized amphibious assault vehicle in the world, CCTV reported. Equipped with a 105-millimeter tank cannon and capable of firing while at sea, the ZTD-05 is highly stable and can reach speeds of 40 kilometers an hour on water. The highly mobile vehicle has very lethal fire power. The ZTD-05 can be dispatched for land assaults, or join the PLA Navy's amphibious landing ships for other types of military operations. The PLA Navy also has the Type 071 amphibious transport dock and Type 072 landing ship. China is reportedly also developing the Type 075 amphibious assault ship.

China conducted a maritime exercise in early May 2019 featuring what is being hailed as the world's most advanced medium-sized amphibious assault vehicle, the ZTD-05s, a weapon that can join amphibious landing ships in land assault missions. With the ZTD-05s and other domestically designed hardware, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is well positioned to deal with Taiwan secessionists and potential island disputes, Chinese analysts said on 12 May 2019.

The evaluation exercise, conducted by the 74th Group Army of the PLA, was held in the eastern part of South China's Guangdong Province. Multiple types of amphibious vehicles entered the sea and ran through various training exercises, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on 18 May 2019. Multiple ZTD-05 amphibious assault vehicles took part in the exercise.

The exercise came after a US Department of Defense report released earlier in May 2019. It said China lacked adequate amphibious capabilities. Some Western reports claimed that the Chinese mainland is not capable of launching an assault on the island of Taiwan. China's amphibious landing capabilities may indeed lag behind those of the US, but this will not impact China's ability to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the Global Times on 12 May 2019. There would be no problem for the mainland to crush Taiwan secessionists' scheme should they attempt to separate from the mainland, Zhang said.

VN-16 amphibious armored assault vehicle

VN-16 is designed for mechanized forces and the Marine Corps developed landing combat equipment, very suitable for amphibious beach, open up positions and other attacks and a solid position, anti-landing and other defensive tasks. The vehicle is equipped with a 105 mm cannon, which can hit the enemy within 2000 meters within the armored vehicles, fortifications and personnel and other goals. Equipped with a commander-style fire control system, in the ups and downs on the surface of the movement of the target to implement a precise blow. VN-16 beyond the traditional amphibious combat vehicle water speed and wind and wind resistance limit, with world-class rapid maneuver capability.

VN-16 amphibious armored assault vehicle

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