Published photos of the new Chinese BMP
The new Chinese BMP, as follows from its appearance, continues the line of equipment of a similar purpose, but has a number of noticeable differences from the previous infantry fighting vehicles created in China. The BMP is a tracked armored vehicle with a troop compartment and a turret equipped with a small-caliber automatic cannon and, probably, a machine gun. It is noteworthy that the newest BMP has several serious differences from the previous machine of the same class ZBD-08.
Captured on existing photos BMP has a tracked chassis, which allows us to make an assumption about the use of developments in previous projects. The chassis is equipped with six support rollers on board, and the distance between the two front rollers is greater than between the rest. The drive wheels are located in the front of the hull, the guides - in the stern. Judging by the size of the track rollers, the running gear also includes support rollers, but in the existing photos they are closed by the side screens. Suspension type unknown.
The case of the mysterious BMP has a complex shape, formed by rectilinear panels connected to each other at different angles. The upper frontal part is installed at a large angle to the vertical, and the sides have a noticeable bevel in the upper part. On the exact form of the tower does not allow to speak unfortunate angle shooting. There is reason to believe that the tower, as well as the body, should be made of several armor plates. The aft part of the tower is additionally covered with an anti-cumulative screen. The outer surface of the machine body is divided into several relatively small fragments, as well as it is studded with numerous bolt heads or other fasteners. This suggests that the body of the new BMP is equipped with additional mounted booking modules. Similar blocks exist on the sides and, probably, on the front sheet of the tower.
Additional booking modules are used to increase the level of protection in comparison with the characteristics of the armored hull itself. Thus, the new Chinese infantry fighting vehicle in the configuration depicted in the photo is likely to be able to protect the crew from small-arms bullets. weapons. In addition, the frontal projection may be able to withstand the bullets of large-caliber weapons and, possibly, small-caliber artillery shells.
The layout of the internal volume of the body in the new Chinese BMP is standard for machines of this class. The front part of the case is given under the engine compartment and control compartment. The transmission units transmitting engine torque to the drive wheels occupy the front of the case. The engine, in turn, is installed at the right side of the machine. At the top of the starboard side there is a grille for exhaust and air passing through the radiator.
The use of additional booking modules had a corresponding effect on the combat weight of the vehicle, due to which it lost the ability to swim over water obstacles. This can be confirmed by a photo of the stern of the machine, in which there are no propellers for moving through the water. The characteristics of movement by land are probably at the same level as in the case of other Chinese-made BMPs: speed on the highway to 65-70 km / h or more, power reserve of the order of 500-600 km. However, the lack of information about the type of engine and the mass of the machine does not allow making accurate assumptions.
At the left side of the hull, right behind the upper frontal part, there is a hatch of the driver. The driver's workplace is equipped with periscopic observation devices, allowing to operate the machine with the hatch closed. Behind the engine compartment and the driver’s workplace are the combat and airborne units. In the fighting compartment installed double tower with weapons. Stern hull given under the landing place with weapons.
For landing and disembarking from the car, the crew and the landing forces can use three hatches above the driver’s workplace and in the roof of the tower, as well as the door in the stern sheet. In addition, in the middle part of the left side there is another hatch of relatively small size. The location and design of this hatch, as well as the observational device above it, do not allow us to unequivocally talk about its purpose. Perhaps the side hatch is designed for landing fighters in place or in the middle part of the body. How convenient such a hatch is - a question without an answer.
Observation devices are also available in the sides of the troop compartment. Two blocks of bullet-proof glass are located in the stern of the sides of the BMP. It is noteworthy that the relatively small size of the aft door and the location of the observation devices in the sides do not allow us to confidently talk about the method of installing the seats for the landing. If the seats are installed along the sides and facilitate the landing through the aft door, the soldiers will not be able to use observation devices. Placing the seats on the housing axis with the landing of the fighters facing the sides will provide an opportunity to monitor the situation, but will complicate the landing and disembarkation. Judging by the size of the machine, no more than 7-8 fighters with weapons and equipment can be accommodated in the troop compartment and in front of the combat compartment.
In the double tower of the new Chinese BMP installed all the available weapons. The “main caliber” of the car is an automatic gun of the caliber 30 mm. To improve the performance of fire gun equipped with a frame casing. The gun seems to be paired with a rifle-caliber machine gun. On the frontal parts of the tower are smoke grenade launchers. Probably, like some other Chinese infantry fighting vehicles, the new machine may carry a launcher for anti-tank guided missiles. Loopholes for firing personal weapons are missing. This increased firepower had to be sacrificed to increase the level of protection for the hull.
From the available photos, it follows that in the design of their new BMP, Chinese engineers applied several technical solutions characteristic of modern foreign technology of this class. This is an additional booking mounted on the hull, the location of the troop compartment in the hull aft, armament using the 30-mm gun, etc. Thus, the latest Chinese BMP is nothing remarkable, except that China has re-created a new type of technology. Judging by the photos, several copies of the new machine have already been built, which are used in tests.
New Chinese BMP to some extent similar to the machine ZBD-08. Perhaps it is a further development of this BMP with an updated corps and a new combat module. However, some features of these combat vehicles may indicate that the new one was developed taking into account the experience of creating the old one, but still is not a modification of it.
Now, with only two photos of the new armored vehicle, you can only make assumptions based on what is visible in the existing images. In the future, the first official information should appear that will allow you to check the assumptions and create a more accurate image of the new Chinese technology. When will the new information - is unknown.
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