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The Angolan army masters Chinese armored vehicles

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In late January, during the demonstration exercise of the motorized rifle subunits of the Angolan army, the Chinese armored vehicles WMA301 with 105-mm cannons and command and control vehicles based on the BTR WZ551 reported on bmpd with reference to Jane's Defense Weekly.

The Angolan army masters Chinese armored vehicles


About the purchase of this technology by Angola in China was not previously known, the newspaper notes.

Both those and other armored vehicles are made by the Chinese company NORINCO. “The WMA301 armored vehicle (PTL02, Assaulter) was created on the basis of the WZ551 BTR (ZSL92, type 92) with the 6X6 wheel formula and equipped with an 105-mm cannon, the same command vehicle was created on the same base by Angola. All types of vehicles based on the WZ551 BTR are manufactured by the Chongqing Tiema Industries Group Company, part of NORINCO, (plant No. 256) in Chongqing. WMA301 (PTL02) self-propelled guns were used by the PLA in the 2000s earlier, and in recent years have found significant success in the African market ”, - stated in the material.

On the “black” continent they were purchased by Djibouti, Cameroon, Senegal and Chad.



One of the Angolan officers told the magazine that the Chinese WMA301 arrived at the end of last year, but refused to name the number of cars received.

The publication clarified that in the above demonstration exercises, in addition to Chinese technology, “20 tanks T-55 and T-72, 32 BMP-2 and MT-LB, 24 artillery pieces and combat vehicles of the MLRS BM-21, several ZSU-23-4 Shilka installations. ”
Photos used:
Agencia Angola Press
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  1. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 17 February 2017 11: 58
    +2
    Given the significant open areas in Angola, this technique will allow the Armed Forces of Angola to maneuver fire support faster.
    1. bouncyhunter
      bouncyhunter 17 February 2017 11: 59
      +7
      Well, the fact that the Chinese are confidently climbing the black continent has not been new for a long time. And judging by the news, they are doing well.
      1. cniza
        cniza 17 February 2017 12: 42
        +7
        They do not just climb, and will soon consider it a zone of their interests, bought everything that is possible at the root.
        1. bouncyhunter
          bouncyhunter 17 February 2017 12: 45
          +6
          Vitya, they’re not "going to be", but they are already counting. And this is an alarming bell not only in Russia.
  2. faterdom
    faterdom 17 February 2017 12: 08
    +2
    Yes, but actually Angola was our patrimony, and now the Chinese are wedging themselves. But our direct participation (and Cuban, one can not help but mention) in the hostilities has been aggressively confirmed the independence of this state.
    1. Vz.58
      Vz.58 17 February 2017 12: 11
      +5
      Due to the constant Russian discussions "Wheel or caterpillar, Russia does not need wheels, there are no roads, everything is on the caterpillar stavte" Russia has lost good markets and money.
      It was possible after all for Russia on tracks, and for export on wheels. And the factories would work, and people would earn, and the money would go to the treasury. But conservative tezhkodumi defeated the economic interests of the state. Give them all the cast iron.
      1. stoker
        stoker 17 February 2017 12: 30
        0
        Teach Russia arms export and military-technical policy.
        1. PatriotRU
          PatriotRU 17 February 2017 13: 00
          +1
          He says business! And you yourself are building a smart guy
          1. The comment was deleted.
            1. PatriotRU
              PatriotRU 17 February 2017 16: 58
              0
              Our country could earn a lot more money if it could put on normal models of equipment. Now wheeled vehicles are most in demand, and we can offer nothing normal to customers. You don’t tell me where and how to sit here!
      2. faterdom
        faterdom 17 February 2017 12: 59
        +1
        Is it that we have no wheeled military equipment ???
        It’s just that the Chinese are “surely” cheaper, and in addition, they are able to lend to any country in Africa and the Third World in general for the purchase of their weapons + plus a service with Chinese specialists, who you will never smoke from there later.
      3. self-propelled
        self-propelled 17 February 2017 18: 07
        +2
        Quote: Vz.58
        Due to the ongoing Russian discussions "Wheel or caterpillar, Russia does not need wheels, there are no roads, everything is on the caterpillars"

        the only way

        laughing hi
    2. Atlant-1164
      Atlant-1164 17 February 2017 18: 08
      +5
      we haven’t been there for 30 years. thanks to Gorbachev .. the horseradish remodeler. but a holy place does not happen to be empty.
  3. Evil 55
    Evil 55 17 February 2017 12: 09
    0
    Well, let’s see if the Chinese armored personnel carriers turn the Angolan jungle into a fight between the Mario brothers or turn out to be stillborn pieces of iron ..
    1. Niccola Mack
      Niccola Mack 17 February 2017 15: 14
      +1
      There is not much jungle and they are in the north. The main space is woodlands and savannahs.
      The Chinese, as manufacturers, clearly looked back on the experience of South Africa - they basically abandoned the tracks and switched their equipment to wheels - here the wheels turned out to be much more appropriate.
      And very good use of this technique in the war with the same Angola.
      A typical example is Caracal:

      And before that, the French Panar AML (Eland Mk.1) was used with might and main.
  4. RUSIVAN
    RUSIVAN 17 February 2017 13: 00
    0
    The Angolan army masters Chinese armored vehicles
    Apart from the fact that almost all Chinese equipment was once Soviet, China has not yet invented anything fundamentally new itself, except for pure plagiarism ...
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 17 February 2017 13: 20
      +4
      Not. He generally copies the wheels from Europe if that. This APC has German roots.

      Plus, they already have their own boomerang - copied from Patria. Moreover, they already riveted the 1000 family of overs in the PLA, from armored personnel carriers to self-propelled mortars / air defense MD / wheeled tanks.

      And they are already selling it to Venezuela, having thrown over Arzamas which the BTR-82A offered.
      1. RUSIVAN
        RUSIVAN 17 February 2017 14: 34
        0
        The picture presented by you is very different from the one that VO put up and I wrote that ALMOST, and this does not mean EVERYTHING, but the basis no matter how you say it, but purely Soviet samples, possibly with slight changes ...
        1. donavi49
          donavi49 17 February 2017 14: 59
          +2
          They don't have a single wheeled chassis on an armored car with the roots of the USSR. They initially dragged wheeled chassis from Europe.

          The picture is correct in the news - ZSL92 is the best seller of Norinko, armored vehicles on this chassis (and there is also the whole family) are sold in more than 20 countries of the world, and are used in UN missions. However, the development is partly German, partly its own.


          However, for the PLA - this is the past. They are now armed with the new ZBL-09 chassis (a wheeled tank on this chassis - I attached it to the post above), which is honestly copied from Patria! And only recently has it received an export permit - the starting customer of Venezuela, which has flown Arzamas from the BTR-82A.
          1. RUSIVAN
            RUSIVAN 17 February 2017 15: 53
            0
            What are you all about the wheeled chassis, the outline of a typical BRDM or BTR in miniature ...
            1. donavi49
              donavi49 17 February 2017 17: 13
              +1
              Well, then Armata is Renault 17 restyling! The same concept. Without changes. That UVZ stole from the French, nothing of their own can !! 11111111

              This is fundamentally different in the scheme to the BTR-60-80 machine. Having its own suspension (the Germans sawed it) + front engine with rear functional (airborne, headquarters, combat under the SAM / ATGM / turret with a tank gun, mortar) compartment.

              As a result, it has a larger capacity than the BTR-80, with a smaller size + convenient exit back. They pay for this with the traditional shed of the Western school (however, it is half a meter higher than the BTR-82A)


              In any case, this is the past for them. The new armored personnel carrier was stolen from Patria (they drank this themselves - giving the most key elements to the Germans) - and it is on him that they are betting.
              1. donavi49
                donavi49 17 February 2017 17: 18
                0
                BMP they steal / copy / buy in Russia traditionally. The new generation ZBD-04A is actually the first version of Kurgan with the BMP-3 tower and Chinese Wishlist, which they themselves screwed.
  5. vasilev
    vasilev 17 February 2017 13: 22
    0
    Russian military equipment is quality, Chinese is quantity. Africans usually have a barbaric attitude to technology, so equipment with lower quality, but in larger numbers, is suitable for them.
  6. Pecheneg
    Pecheneg 17 February 2017 13: 31
    +2
    While Russia is establishing contact with Rwanda, China is taking over the rest of the continent.
  7. Olegovi4
    Olegovi4 17 February 2017 13: 31
    0
    on the photo KShM, the hatch on the starboard side, between the first and second bridge. how to enter / exit through it in armor and with a barrel? even the photo shows that it is very small. or is it still a technological hatch (although unlikely)?
  8. midshipman
    midshipman 17 February 2017 17: 19
    +5
    And when they mastered ours. There I met Raul Castro. But the tagged and drunk of All Russia zagubili and sold to the Americans allies. It's a pity. I have the honor.
  9. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 17 February 2017 18: 27
    +2
    I love such wheeled tanks - a wonderful example of how you can give a "second" life to an old wheeled chassis and strengthen the fire support of light infantry units. Ahead of the planet - Cubans.
  10. Mister22408
    Mister22408 17 February 2017 23: 21
    0
    Quote: bouncyhunter
    Well, the fact that the Chinese are confidently climbing the black continent has not been new for a long time. And judging by the news, they are doing well.

    Quote: bouncyhunter
    Well, the fact that the Chinese are confidently climbing the black continent has not been new for a long time. And judging by the news, they are doing well.

    It seems that two gangs of Iu-V have agreed where to deliver what, and what are the Chinese here?
  11. alavrin
    alavrin 18 February 2017 18: 23
    0
    It seems that the Angolans were so impressed by the South African AML-90s from the time of the Battle of Quito-Kwanavale that they decided to get hold of such ...