China’s First Airdrop-Capable Wheeled Armored Vehicle Enters Service

The first batch of China’s indigenously-developed airdrop-capable four-wheeled armored vehicles have entered service, Global Times reported.

The new airborne armored vehicles, which are armed with machine guns, entered service with a combined arms brigade of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force’s Airborne Troops in Central China’s Hubei Province on May 6. The reports did not reveal the designation of this new vehicle.

China wheeled armored vehicle
China’s new airborne wheeled armored vehicle which was commissioned into the Chinese PLA Air Force in May 2020. Photo: Screenshot from CCTV.

The vehicle will boost the “all-terrain mobilization capacity” of the PLA Air Force and provide paratroopers “enhanced firepower, mobility, and protection”, the report said.

Developed by the state-owned China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO), the light armored vehicles can be airdropped from PLAAF’s military transport aircraft.

The vehicles will complement the ZBD-03 airborne tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which was until now the only airdrop-capable vehicle in the Chinese military’s operational fleet.

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