PLA Chinese army commissions new amphibious armored ambulance to plateau troops


Recently, the new generation of amphibious armored ambulance commissioned to the plateau-stationed Chinese troops made public debut on a field training ground at an elevation of over 4,300m during a rescue drill held by a combined regiment under the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, China Military reported on March 25 on its website.
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The armored ambulance is based on the ZBL-08 APC (Type-08) (Picture source: screenshot from js7tv.cn)


The armored ambulance is based on the ZBL-08 APC (Type-08). Type 08 is a family of 8x8 amphibious, modular armored vehicles developed by Norinco for infantry fire support, battlefield logistics and quick reaction operations. It is a recent People's Republic of China produced Infantry fighting vehicle for People's Liberation Army Ground Force and People's Liberation Army Marine Corps. ZBL-08 is the designation for Infantry Fighting variant in the Type 08 vehicle family. The modular design claims to be able to field a variety of different models including an APC model, assault gun, an Engineering model, a 122 mm self-propelled howitzer model, a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer model, an air defense model, a self-propelled mortar model, a reconnaissance model, a command vehicle model and now an ambulance, among other variants.

According to Liang Yuping, a corpsman assigned to the combined regiment, the left and right sides, as well as the front of the new ambulance body can withstand the short-range shots of 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds and the shrapnel damage from shell fragments. The design of the protection system can protect the occupants and the internal parts of the vehicle from damage by nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons. The armored ambulance, equipped with 8 run-flat tires, can travel 100 km at a speed of 40 km/h even with its tires punctured by bullets.

The vehicle can carry up to four soldiers with severe injuries and eight soldiers lightly injured at the same time. Inside the vehicle, monitors, infusion pumps, and other medical equipment are available to conduct on-site treatment of the wounded.

Meanwhile, the vehicle has built-in buffers, handrails, seat belts, etc., which can effectively avoid secondary injury during the ride.


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The armored ambulance is based on the ZBL-08 APC (Type-08) (Picture source: screenshot from js7tv.cn)


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The armored ambulance is based on the ZBL-08 APC (Type-08) (Picture source: screenshot from js7tv.cn)


Army Recognition Global Defense and Security news
The armored ambulance is based on the ZBL-08 APC (Type-08) (Picture source: screenshot from js7tv.cn)


 

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