Land Platforms

Airshow China 2018: Norinco expands Lynx ATV family

09 November 2018
A 6×6 Lynx ATV fitted with a multiple rocket launcher was displayed at Airshow China 2018. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) displayed several new variants of its Lynx family of open-top, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) at the 6-11 November Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai.

The original 8×8 Lynx ATV, which had entered service with the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) mountain and airborne units by 2015, has now been complemented by a number of variants, including a self-propelled gun-mortar (SGM), two self-propelled mortars, a multiple rocket launcher (MRL), a medical evacuation vehicle, three reconnaissance vehicles, and a firefighting variant.

The 6×6 SGM variant, which is operated by a crew of three, is fitted with a 120 mm rifled gun-mortar that has firing range of up to 13.5 km, a Norinco representative told Jane' s. The vehicle seems to be based on the 2A51 ordnance used by the 2S9 Nona-S, or a later version of it, such as the 2A60 and 2A80 used respectively by the 2S23 Nona-SVK and 2S31 Vena.

The 6×6 self-propelled mortar variants are equipped with either a 120 mm or an 82 mm conventional smooth-bore mortar. Both platforms are operated by a crew of two and are fitted with a digital fire-control system (FCS).

The 6×6 MRL variant is equipped with a modified Type 63 107 mm 12-tube MRL in a 2×6 configuration. Like the previous variant, this vehicle, which can carry an additional 12 107 mm rockets, has been fitted with a digital FCS and is operated by a crew of two.

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