The Chinese state television company China Central Television (CCTV) has released material on a new PLA armored vehicle designed to clear minefield passages for troops and equipment during landing operations.
The new machine is based on a caterpillar chassis and is equipped with a mine "plow" and a tower with a missile launcher. Beijing television did not disclose details about the new project, only mentioning that the system creates a passage through a minefield "into a tank wide", and also neutralizes landmines and improvised explosive devices laid down along roadsides.
Meanwhile, according to media reports, analysts quickly noticed a similarity between the new Chinese armored vehicles and the American chassis-based mine clearance vehicle tank M1 Abrams called Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV). The machine has similar specifications.
The material does not indicate where a similar technique can be applied. The United States suggested that the most likely place is the Taiwanese island of Kinmen (Kinmen), which is located directly near mainland China and has had a very fortified coastline since the Cold War.