Military Capabilities

Chinese tank destroyers exercise in Djibouti

29 November 2017

Two ZTL-11  tank destroyers were seen in the coverage of the exercise. (People’s Liberation Army Navy)Two ZTL-11 tank destroyers were seen in the coverage of the exercise. (People’s Liberation Army Navy)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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