Donnerstag, 16. Juli 2015

China is developing a new APC

Norinco of China is developing a new armored personnel carrier with the designation "VP10". From the front it looks like a copy of the Patria AMV or the Singaporean Terrex, the spacing of the wheels and the layout of the rear compartment are however easy to distinguish.

Prototype of the VP10, without proper driver's hatch and weight demonstrator instead of a turret.

The VP10 armored personnel carrier is a 8x8 wheeled vehicle with conventional front-engine layout. Two propeller engines at the rear allow the amphibious vehicle to swim. The rear compartment is fitted with vision blocks (probably in combination with gun ports on the final vehicle) and hatches at the roof.
The rear ramp can be hydraulically operated and also includes a door as alternative exit, which is also fitted with a small window.

A version armed with a remote weapon station has been shown in Norinco video footage, but it is expected that a number of versions of the VP10 will be fitted with turrets armed with larger weaponry.

The vehicle hull is fitted with bolt-on armor, which suggest a type of modular spaced or composite armor.

According to Sputniknews, which also claim that this is the Chinese analouge to the new 8x8 Bumerang vehicle of the Russian army, the vehicle can transport 8 to 10 infantrymen, depending on version.

Same protoype vehicle, different angle of view
Source: Defence-Blog.com, Sputniknews


Author's opinion: China keeps developing new vehicles at an alarming rate. If this vehicle is intended for export costumers or as new vehicle for the Chinese army is however unknown.
In the current VN1 8x8 wheeled vehicle, China already had a relatively modern amphibious platform.

Side-view of the already existing VN1 in IFV configuration.
The VN1 however seems to be a bit smaller than the VP10; in the IFV version it does only feature one vision block with gun port per side, the height of the vehicle is also much smaller (which also seems to be the result of lower ground clearance). So maybe the VN1 was underperforming despite being procured in larger quantities by the Chinese army?

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