The PTL-02 or type 87 (also called WMA-301) wheeled armoured vehicle tank destroyer consists of an 6x6 chassis, and a turret armed with a 105 mm or 100 mm rifled gun. The PTL-02 is designed and manufactured by the Chinese Defense Company Norinco (China North Industries Corporation). The PTL02 was designed to engage armoured vehicles, bunkers, fortifications, and other stationary or moving targets, but is unable to destroyer a heavily armed main battle tank (MBT). The tank destroyer was based on many mature technologies to reduce development costs and simplify logistic supply.
The PTL-02 is equipped with a two man turret, armed with a a 100mm high-pressure, low-recoil smoothbore gun developed from the Type 86 towed anti-tank gun. The gun can fire armour piercing fin stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) with tungsten core, as well as HEAT and HE rounds, with 30 rounds carried onboard the vehicle. Fire accuracy is attained by a primitive Type 37A light-spot fire control system with night vision and laser rangefinder input. The PTL-02 can be also armed with a low-recoil 105 mm gun fitted with a muzzle brake, a fume extractor and a thermal sleeve. A 7.62 mm machine gun is mounted coaxially to the main armament and there is a 12.7 mm machine gun mounted to the roof of the turret for anti-aircraft use. Four smoke-grenades discharger are mounted to each rear side of the turret.
The vehicle’s armour of the PTL-02 is capable of protecting its crew against 12.7mm calibre weapon.
The PTL-02 is based on the improved 6x6 chassis of the WZ 551 (ZSL92). ThePTL-02 is motorized with a German-designed BF8L413F 4-stroke, 8-cylinder, turbo-charged, air-cooled diesel engine with a standard power of 235kW (320hp) at 2,500r/min. The PTL-02 uses a mechanical gear box, with 9 forward and 1 reverse gears. Power assisted steering, independent suspension, and central inflating system are fitted as standard.
Standard equipment of the PTL-02 includes NBC protection system, fire-extinguishing system, GPS system, air conditioning and communication set. The main armament is equipped with a fire control system that enables the PTL-02 Tank destroyer to engage stationary and moving targets while it is stationary or moving.
One 100 or 105 mm gun, one coaxial 7.62 mm calibre machine gun, one 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun.
China, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon, Djibouti.
NORINCO China North Industries Corp.
NB protection system, firing control system, night vision, GPS System, air conditioning.
4 +1 soldiers
Protection against 12.7 mm calibre and shell splinters of the battlefield. a