ZBD-04 / ZBD97 Armoured infantry fighting combat vehicle
 
 
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Description 
In 1997 the Chinese government bought the rights for the Russian BMP-3 fire control system, 100mm gun, 30 x 165mm 2A72 automatic cannon and the technology for anti-tank guided missiles fired though gun tubes. The 2A72 30mm gun is a further developed and simplified version of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau 2A42 which is no less capable, as it uses the same rounds and concurrent muzzle velocities. The technology of the BMD-3 was used to design and produced the new Chinese infantry armoured fighting vehicle, the ZBD 97 or Type 97. It was the first denomination. During the military parade in Beijing for the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the 01 October 2009, the vehicle was show to the public, with the name ZBD-04. This is the new infantry fighting vehicle, to replace the Type 86 infantry fighting vehicle and to operate with the new third generation of main battle tanks Type 96 and Type 99. The ZBD-04 is currently equipped by the amphibious mechanised divisions in South Military Region of China.
 
Variants :
ZBD-04 ARV : armoured recovery version, a crane is mounted to the left side of the top of the hull.
 
Technical Data 
 
Armament
The ZBD97 / ZBD-04 is equipped with a two man turret located in the middle of the chassis. This turret is armed with is a dual-way stabilised, semi-automatic 100mm rifled gun / missile launcher, capable of firing both HE-FRAG rounds and the 3UBK10 (or its Chinese copy) ATGM. The secondary weapon include a 30mm coaxial automatic cannon, with 500 rounds. To supplement its armament, the ZBD-97 / ZBD-04 is equipped with one,7.62mm coaxial machine gun located to the left of the main gun, and two other 7.62 mm machine guns at the front of the hull. Three smoke grenades discharger are fitted to each sides at the front of the turret.
Protection
The turret is made in steel and the hull in aluminium. The turret and the hull provide to the crew a protection against the firing of small weapons and shell splinters of the battle field. The high flat sides and the highly combustible 100mm ammunition make this vehicle highly vulnerable in the event of a hull penetration. Similarly armed Russian vehicles in combat have performed poorly on having the hull penetrated have exploded along the weld beads.
Propulsion
The ZBD97 / ZBD-04 has six unevenly spaced road wheels, with three track support rollers and a front drive sprocket on each side. The road wheels and rollers are all rubber-tyred. Torsion bar suspensions with hydraulic shock absorbers are fitted on the 1st, 2nd, and 6th road wheels. The metallic tracks are fitted with removable rubber pads to improve the comfort of the passenger. According to Chinese sources the ZBD97 / ZBD-04 is motorised with a newly developed liquid-cooled diesel, giving a maximum road speed of 65km/h and swimming speed of 20km/h.
Accessories
The ZBD97 / ZBD-04 is fully amphibious, in the water the vehicle is propelled thanks of two large water jet ports are fitted on the rear of the vehicle for high-speed swimming. A hydraulically actuated wave fence is located at front, which, when raised, can prevent the front section of the vehicle from being overflowed during swimming. The ZBD- 04 / ZBD97 is fitted with a collective NBC-protection system, with its air filter located behind the turret to the right. The gunner has a main sight and a combined image-intensified day / night sight and a standby day sight. The commander has a day sight and a combined day and image-intensified night sight. Fire-control system includes a ballistic computer, an electro-mechanical gun stabiliser and a laser rangefinder.
 
Specifications
 
Armament
One 100 mm gun, one 30 mm gun. The 100 can fired anti-tank missile. Three 7.62 mm machine guns.
Country user
China
Company Designer
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Accessories
Fire control system, with night/day vision, NBC protection system
Crew
3 + 7 soldiers
Armor
Protection against small arms and shell splinters.
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Weight
approximately 20 tons
Speed
65 km/hr on road, 20 km/hr on water
Range
500 km
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Dimensions
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ZBD-04 ZBD97 armoured infantry fighting vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification combat military

ZBD-04 ZBD97 armoured infantry fighting vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description intelligence pictures photos images China Chinese army identification combat military
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