ZBD-05 / VN-18
In 2015 the Norinco VN 18 vehicle, that is similar to the ZBD 97 (2000) of the Chinese army, arrived at the Marine Infantry of Venezuela. CCTV reported 19 November 2017 on the program of the domestic VN-18 amphibious vehicle. CCTV reported that the domestic VN-18 vehicle is the world's leading active amphibious assault vehicle, and has excellent high-speed marine mobility, mainly due to the independent innovation of key technologies.
The Russian Federal News Agency website reported on November 22 that China had tested the VN-18 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle, which is said to be the world's fastest amphibious warfare in water car. It reported that, according to R & D personnel, VN18 amphibious tank top speed of 65 km / h on land, the maximum speed of water up to 30 km / h. The engine power of 1600 horsepower, full weight combat 26.5 tons. One VN18 amphibious tank can transport 3 crew members and 11 combatants. In terms of weapons and equipment, Chinese engineers did not disclose details, except that the tanks were equipped with low-chamber pressured rifles, machine guns and anti-tank missiles.
China had recently independently developed two new infantry fighting vehicles, one of which is the VN-18. Reportedly the VN-18 vehicle weighs 26.5 tons, the maximum speed of 65 kilometers per hour on land, water speed up to 30 kilometers per hour. It is currently The world's fastest amphibious tank. Compared to the United States AAV7 amphibious tank speed, this is more than 4 times the water speed.
According to Chinese experts, the VN-18 amphibious tank has excellent water performance and can travel below the level 4 sea level and below the level 3 wind level, which equals to a car running to 120 km / h on the expressway. The reason why VN-18 amphibious vehicle can have such excellent high-speed marine maneuverability, mainly due to several major technological innovation.
Chinese experts say ordinary armored vehicles are not capable of taxiing on the water, but the VN-18 uses body-scooter technology to float as it travels over the water and glide like a speedboat. In addition, the VN-18 tank on the water, the load wheels, track, basically contracted to flush with the bottom deck, reducing the resistance of the tank water.
The rear compartment of the tank also designed and developed a unique tail skateboard according to the design principle of the aircraft wing to enhance the speed of the tank traveling in the water.
Chinese experts said that China had not previously developed armored vehicles with such a design. In order to develop and test the new vehicle, tank test personnel experienced considerable hardship. In the Summer sea test, the temperature outside the vehicle was more than 40 degrees, the testers in the tank on the train station continued for seven or eight hours.
VN-18 and a number of chariots as China's new foreign trade infantry fighting vehicles, is being understood and appreciated by the international market, and orders promised steady growth. This is also a sign that China's vehicle is going to the world with confidence and confidence.
Andrei Koshkin, director of the political science and sociology department at Russia's Plekhanov University of Economics, told the Federal News Agency that Russia was still the number one producer of tracked armored vehicles. He said:. "China developed and demonstrated new weapons and equipment, which is good but there is a problem. This vehicle has to rely on the transmission system of navigation, which means it can not increase speed in the water. This is not the kind of engine to sail the armored personnel carrier. I do not want to question China's armored personnel carriers, but the speed of infantry fighting vehicles is not the most important performance indicators, the important thing is the weapons and armor. We have similar performance infantry fighting vehicles --BMP-3 'cavalry' tank, although its water speed slower than the Chinese chariot two-thirds, but its excellent weapon performance."
Russia launched the "Dragoons" BMP-3 infantry combat vehicle in 2015 with a powerful combat module including a 2A70 100 mm low-chamber pressure gun, a 2A72 30 mm machine gun and three 7.62 mm machine guns. Dragoon uses an unmanned turret and is controlled remotely by the shooter. According to reports, "Dragoon" engine power of 800 horsepower, the maximum land speed of 70 km / h, the maximum water speed of 10 km / h. Like China's VN-18, "Dragoons" can also transport 11 combatants.
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