China has deployed at least two ZTL-11 8x8 amphibious tank destroyers to Djibouti, it was revealed when photographs and TV footage were released showing a live-firing exercise carried out by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Marines detachment now based in the country on 23 November.
The ZTL-11 is a development of the ZBL-09 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) that is armed with a 105 mm gun.
Eight ZBL-09s were seen at the new Chinese military base in Djibouti when it was inaugurated in August.
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