Eurosatory 2014

Amphibious assault (ES14E3)

17 June 2014
NORINCO's VN18 tracked amphibious infantry fighting vehicle is being offered on the export market

While China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) (Hall 5, Stand H850) has not been able to bring any of its expanding range of tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) to Eurosatory, it has released details of some of the latest vehicles for the first time and exhibits highly detailed scale models.

Now being offered on the export market is the VN18 tracked amphibious infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), pictured, which is already in service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps under the designation of ZBD-05.

NORINCO has confirmed that the VN18 is fitted with a two-person turret armed with a stabilised 30mm cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun (MG), with a Red Arrow 73 series anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) mounted either side of the turret.

It has a maximum water speed of 25km/h, which is a considerable improvement over that of the US Marine Corps AAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) that is rapidly becoming obsolete.

The VN18 is powered by a diesel engine that develops 1,176kW for amphibious operations and 440kW for land operations, giving a maximum road speed of 65km/h.

The PLA has also fielded a 105mm direct fire version called the ZTL-05; the export version is called the VN16. There are also command and control and combat engineer versions.

The Chinese company is also marketing its latest VP10 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and VN12 tracked IFV.

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