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Anti-tank installation WMA301 Assaulter Chinese company NORINCO

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Anti-tank installation WMA301 Assaulter Chinese company NORINCO

The Assaulter anti-tank unit is equipped with a triple turret armed with an 105-mm rifled gun that fires standard types of ammunition and laser-guided missiles.


China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) currently offers a self-propelled 105-mm anti-tank assault unit Assaulter 6x6 for the export market to work in the same combat formations with the well-known WZ551 6XXNNX series armored personnel carriers.

The base armored personnel carrier WZ551 (6 x 6) was developed in the 60-ies of the last century to meet the needs of the Chinese army and since then it has been continuously developed. It is known that it was exported to at least four countries.

The newest version of the WZ551 family, designated WMZ551, is still being offered by NORINCO.

The Assaulter anti-tank unit (6 x 6) first appeared in public during a military parade held in Beijing in October 2009. In the Chinese army, wheeled self-propelled anti-tank gun was designated PTL-02. Presumably, Chad bought Assaulter's 10 units, and Senegal bought several units and Djibouti alone (and this country presented its only car at the parade).



Senegal has adopted the NORINCO WMA301 Chinese fire support vehicles

From the end of 2012, NORINCO began offering its 105-mm anti-tank wheeled vehicle under the designation WMA301.

Assaulter is, in fact, a deeply modernized chassis of the NORINCO WZ551B (6x6) armored personnel carrier equipped with a new three-seat turret. The hull and turret are all-welded, made of armored steel, which provides protection against small-arms fire. weapons and shell splinters.

The driver sits in front of the left, he has a one-piece manhole cover, the three periscopes integrated into it provide visibility in the front sector. The average daily periscope can be replaced by a passive night periscope.

To the right of the driver there is another workplace, above which there is also a one-piece hatch. In front of the driver and the next member of the crew windows with bullet-proof glass are cut out. In the combat zone, they can be closed with a hinged lid. On the sides of the front inhabited compartment also installed viewing devices.


105-mm anti-tank installation WMA301 Assaulter with a forward-directed turret, on the roof of which is installed 12,7-mm machine gun

Diesel power unit is installed behind the front compartment behind the driver, intake and exhaust grids are located on the roof, and the exhaust pipe is brought to the left side and extended back to the stern.

In addition to entering the car through the hatches on the roof, on each side there is a small door in the lower part of the hull between the first and second support rollers. There is also a door in the stern of the standard WZ551B series of armored personnel carriers. The vertical door opens to the right.

The triple tower is shifted slightly back from the center of the vehicle, the commander and the shooter are sitting on the left and loader on the right. The commander has a raised base and a one-piece manhole cover opening backward, plus viewing instruments.

The gunner sits in front and below the commander he has a day / night stabilized sight. Charging sits on the right in the tower, has a one-piece hatch, opening back.

The tower is armed with a stabilized low-pulse 105-mm rifled gun, which is equipped with a thermal housing, an ejection device and a muzzle brake.

In the stowed position, the trunk is fixed on a special stand located on the roof of the hull behind the front inhabited compartment.

The Assaulter 105-mm cannon fires standard NATO ammunition, including armor-piercing sub-caliber, high-explosive fragmentation and anti-tank cumulative.

It can also launch 105-mm laser-guided anti-tank missiles manufactured by NORINCO, which has a maximum range of 5000 meters. It is equipped with a tandem cumulative warhead, which neutralizes the dynamic protection and pierces behind it armor steel 650 mm thick.

This laser-guided missile is based on the Russian design and can be fired from any 105-mm rifled tank guns, provided that a modified fire control system is installed in the machine, having the same laser guidance channel as is integrated in the Assaulter machine. The current 105-mm laser-guided missile is designated G2.

According to the company NORINCO, 105-mm gun has a high probability of hitting the first shot at fixed and moving targets while the vehicle is moving. Also installed a system of automatic tracking.

The main armament is paired with a 7,62-mm machine gun, for self-defense and anti-aircraft missions an 12,7-mm machine gun is installed on the roof of the turret.

Along the sides, in the back of the tower, four-barreled smoke grenade launchers are installed, covering the front sector. The ammunition consists of 30 105-mm projectiles, four G2 missiles, 800 7,62-mm ammo and 480 12,7-mm ammo.

The standard WZ551 6x6 BTR is floating on the water and is driven by two water cannons installed in the stern. The anti-tank installation Assaulter with a combat mass of 19 tons does not float.

The standard Assaulter equipment includes front-wheel hydraulic booster, an OMP protection system, an ignition and fire suppression system, an air-conditioning system, global positioning, and a centralized tire pressure control system, which ensures high mobility in all types of terrain.




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100-mm version PTL-02

NORINCO has been offering the Assaulter with the 105 mm cannon on the market for many years, and as already mentioned, these units were sold to Chad and more recently to Senegal.

In October, 2009, China showed its newest weapons at a grand parade in Beijing, held in honor of the 60 anniversary of the founding of the PRC. For the first time new models of equipment and weapons were shown on it.

A self-propelled anti-tank unit PTL-02 with an 100-mm cannon was put into service with an artillery regiment of the 162-division of the Chinese army.

It has the same chassis of the WZ551 6х6 series, like the 105-mm Assaulter anti-tank unit, but is equipped with another all-welded, turret armed 100-mm cannon with ejection device, thermal housing and slit muzzle brake. On this machine, the 7,62-mm machine gun is paired with the 100-mm gun, and the 12,7-mm machine gun is installed on the roof of the turret.

NORINCO VN3 8x8

To test at least two chassis armored personnel carriers VN3 8x8 were installed turret with 105-mm rifled guns.

A completely new turret was installed on one chassis, while the latter version has a turret similar to the one installed on the ZTD-05 landing vehicle.

Landing vehicle ZTD-05

The tracked airborne assault vehicle is in service with the Chinese army along with the ZBD-05 armored personnel carrier. It is possible that they have now replaced the outdated Type 63A amphibious assault tank with the 105-mm cannon.




Specifications anti-tank installation WMA301 Assaulter

Crew: 5
Length
overall: 8,3 m
housing: 6,73 m
Width, overall: 2,86 m
Height
on the roof of the tower: 3,15 m
housing: 2,1 m
on the barrel axis: 2,45 m
Ground clearance: 0,40 m
Track: 2,44 m
Wheelbase 1,9 m + 1,9 m
Combat weight: 19000 kg
Configuration: wheel, 6x6
Power density: 16,82 hp / t
Maximum speed: 85 km / h
Cruising range: 600 km
Fuel tank capacity: 400 liters
Entry angle: 45 °
Departure angle: 41.5 °
Rise: 60%
Side slope: 30%
Vertical obstacle: 0,55 m
Moat: 1,2 m
Turning radius: 9 m
Engine: Deutz BF8L413FC, V-8, air cooled, diesel, 320 hp at 2500 rpm
Transmission: ZF6HP500 automatic
Transmission: 5 / 1
Steering: hydraulic, first and second axles
Brakes: dual circuit, hydropneumatic
Wheels: 114.00 xR20
Suspension: coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers
Armament: rifled gun mounted in the 105-tower
twin 7,62-mm machine gun
roof mounted 12,7-mm machine gun
8 (2X4) smoke grenade launchers
Ammunition
Shells: 30
Total for machine guns: 1280
7,62: 800
12,7: 480
Tower Drives: Power / Manual
Azimuth angle: 360 °
Elevation angles (forward gun): + 18 ° / -4,5 °
Gun Stabilization: Vertical / Horizontal
Night vision devices: yes
The system of protection against weapons of mass destruction: there is
Reservation
body: armor steel
tower: armor steel

Materials used:
www.norinco.com
www.armyrecognition.com
www.army-guide.com
www.defence-blog.com
www.wikipedia.org
en.wikipedia.org
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  1. Cruorvult
    Cruorvult April 26 2016 07: 01
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    Who came up with calling light gun platforms anti-tank with 105 mm guns, while everyone is thinking about new guns of a larger caliber ...
    1. Midnight
      Midnight April 26 2016 13: 03
      0
      Quote: CruorVult
      Who came up with calling light gun platforms anti-tank with 105 mm guns

      The main targets for the 105 mm cannon are BMP-BTR and old tanks, which also have a maximum of 105 mm.
      1. Cruorvult
        Cruorvult April 26 2016 13: 12
        +1
        BMP / BTR can be suppressed with 57, it makes sense to create new combat modules to destroy old tanks ??? That way even an old tank can survive the hit of a 105 mm projectile, but will this thing withstand a hit of 100 mm return?
        1. Come on
          Come on April 27 2016 05: 17
          +2
          Which side of the T-62 / 55, AMX30, M-48 / 60 and their peers can withstand 400-600mm penetration?
          1. Bongo
            Bongo April 27 2016 05: 25
            +2
            Quote: Yeah, well.
            Which side of the T-62 / 55, AMX30, M-48 / 60 and their peers can withstand 400-600mm penetration?

            The tanks of the first post-war generation equipped with DZ and screens can survive the impact of a cumulative grenade, but certainly not the hit of a modern BPS.
    2. Come on
      Come on April 27 2016 05: 14
      +5
      Quote: CruorVult
      with 105 mm cannons, while everyone is thinking about new larger caliber guns ...


      This Chinese wheeled tank can use all NATO ammunition, that is, the range of ammunition is huge, as is the stock in stock, from cheap old ones with penetration sufficient for all standard tanks of the T-62, M-48/60 level and the first T-72 to the side view , to modern expensive, but more effective shells. Most of the tanks with a side projection of the modern 105mm NATO COP will easily sew and DZ will not help. The same and Kuma 105ok produces its 600mm. Also, you forget that URs can be funerers like n.p. Bill2 is Swedish, and it’s tiny, but scary for any tank, and if you put the warhead and indicator on the 105mm ATGM converted for them, then this will be literally a headache for any, even the most modern tank. And BK 105ok in 30 rounds for such an impressive shot. In addition, its advantage is speed. A swarm of a dozen of them came out at a speed along a dirt or asphalt road, dispersed, several hits each on positions and on a dump .. Or on rough terrain the same. Ideal support for rear-mounted infantry in local conflicts. As the French used in Mali, but not with such fluffs.
  2. demiurg
    demiurg April 26 2016 07: 48
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    Wheel vehicles with a gun is a modern replacement for light tanks. Even modern bmp have great potential. If the state does not have money to buy not just the T-90 / Abrams, but at least the Bradley / BMP-3, then this is some kind of replacement.
    1. Cruorvult
      Cruorvult April 26 2016 08: 06
      +1
      The concept of a light tank in itself is an absurd thing for most theaters of action, although there are exceptions. The tasks of the tank and BMP are different, if there is no money, you can always buy used / or the same Chinese offer a wide range of body kit, including numbers and quite budget ones. I think Bradley is more expensive than the same Ukrainians to buy used 64k, which they did after the collapse of the great.
  3. pimen
    pimen April 26 2016 08: 12
    +2
    in such cases, the electric transmission would not look bad: extend the axles in length, remove the overhangs, and stick a tower in the vacant space. Half a meter would win for sure. And if there was also an air suspension so that it could lie on the belly, then we would get candy
  4. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat April 26 2016 08: 34
    +1
    High, poorly protected ... for the war with the Papuans.
    1. Bongo
      Bongo April 26 2016 09: 17
      +3
      Quote: Monster_Fat
      High, poorly protected ... for the war with the Papuans.

      How do you put it "Papuans"(do not offend this worthy people)No. - all the time are armed with RPG-7, against which this machine with bulletproof armor absolutely does not dance. The experience of using the Italian Centauro (pictured) in Somalia has shown that these machines are useless in operations against the rebels.


      The combination of a large cannon-thin armor can only be effective when operating from ambushes against tanks or as a self-propelled guns fire support being behind the battle formations of the advancing troops.
      1. pimen
        pimen April 26 2016 09: 27
        +1
        Behind the advancing battle formations - that's for sure, and all the same, active defense is highly desirable
        1. Cruorvult
          Cruorvult April 26 2016 09: 44
          +1
          The modern army, this is a very difficult interaction, well, you have a KAZ, and if the enemy self-propelled guns have at least 30 km, or MLRS, the modern 100+ km, than KAZ will help you from a land mine). PS, we have Serdyukov on Centauri fapal, I wanted to buy a sure thing, like Iveki.
          1. pimen
            pimen April 26 2016 09: 58
            0
            Yes, I don’t argue, I’m just talking about the possibilities of a gun on a wheeled circuit; and then, at an angle of price
      2. Midnight
        Midnight April 26 2016 13: 10
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        Quote: Bongo
        all are armed with RPG-7, against which this machine with bulletproof armor absolutely does not dance.

        No.
        There is no need to extol the capabilities and effectiveness of RPGs.
        And if the RPG has a chance on city streets, but there isn’t any open terrain, especially a single soldier who is almost always a suicide bomber with RPGs.
        1. Bongo
          Bongo April 26 2016 13: 13
          +3
          Quote: Midnight
          There is no need to extol the capabilities and effectiveness of RPGs.
          And if the RPG has a chance on city streets, but there isn’t any open terrain, especially a single soldier who is almost always a suicide bomber with RPGs.


          Tell this to the Italian troops in Somalia. Except for reinforcing checkpoints after the loss of several cars during the "patrol", Centauro was no longer used.
          1. pimen
            pimen April 26 2016 13: 53
            0
            Well, if you slightly correct the gun and recognize the right to the specifics of a theater, then, in principle, how do such cars differ from Nona, Vienna and Octopus?
            1. Bongo
              Bongo April 26 2016 13: 59
              +2
              Quote: pimen
              Well, if you slightly correct the gun and recognize the right to the specifics of a theater, then, in principle, how do such cars differ from Nona, Vienna and Octopus?

              C'mon, as if you yourself do not understand the differences No. "Nona" and "Vena" are self-propelled guns for firing along a mounted trajectory from closed positions, and "Sprut" is a specialized airborne tank destroyer.
              1. pimen
                pimen April 26 2016 14: 34
                0
                and yet, if instead of the indicated gun we substitute 2A51, 2A80, 2A75 (if necessary?)
            2. Cruorvult
              Cruorvult April 26 2016 14: 03
              +1
              you must also understand that the Octopus has a full 125 mm gun, and not 100 (105) mm scrap, + it is landing.
          2. Come on
            Come on April 27 2016 05: 19
            +2
            And losses from what, IED?
            1. Bongo
              Bongo April 27 2016 05: 22
              +2
              Quote: Yeah, well.
              And losses from what, IED?

              IEDs, mines TM-57 / 62 and RPG-7
  5. tchoni
    tchoni April 26 2016 09: 02
    +2
    These are cars for "road wars" But they are very badly cut. Such a vehicle would be ideal for escorting convoys if the Chinese had armed them with a troika and, due to greater differentiation, would have strengthened the protection of the crew and BC.
  6. demiurg
    demiurg April 26 2016 12: 27
    +1
    Armor with guns is needed everywhere for infantry, even in Africa. It is advisable to be repaired by a local blacksmith. And refueled with what is in the local gas station. That’s why the T-55 drives around Africa. And for a long time they will travel.
    I do not know about the maintainability of this machine, but it is cheap (even in relation to even European classmates). And China will sell it to everyone who has money.
  7. Mooh
    Mooh April 26 2016 12: 27
    +1
    Typically Chinese weapons are cheap disposable tank destroyers. Only they can easily afford to lose those heels for the sake of destroying one T-72.
  8. Denimax
    Denimax April 26 2016 16: 51
    0
    In mini-conflicts, it’s better not to carry a full BK, it is very unlikely that the whole will be shot in one skirmish. You can put the BC on the bottom is much less likely to hit RPGs and cover from fragments. I read about Fenech, it was said that it is more dangerous for lightly armored large-caliber rifles and machine guns, because they penetrate thin armor like RPGs, but they manage to make holes much more.
  9. Megatron
    Megatron April 26 2016 21: 35
    +1
    I think she’ll survive the shelling from the same DShK.
  10. Mikado
    Mikado April 26 2016 22: 16
    +1
    It’s interesting how she shoots to the sides, and not in the direction of travel, whether she heels too much. And whether such a tower is overweight. The feeling of a not very useful machine for a full battle, I agree with most members of the forum.