Tajikistan's military displayed a large number of newly acquired Chinese-made platforms and weapons during a parade held in the capital, Dushanbe, on 21 February to mark the 27th anniversary of the founding of the Tajik Armed Forces.
The military displayed customised VP11 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles supplied by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco). The vehicles have been fitted with open-top turrets mounting the Degtyaryova-Shpagina Krupnokaliberny (DShK) 12.7 mm heavy machine gun (HMG).
Other Chinese-made 4×4s paraded that day included the Dongfeng EQ2050F Mengshi 4×4 unprotected light tactical vehicle, the Norinco CS/VN3 light tactical armoured vehicle, and the China Tiger patrol vehicle made by the Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing Company, the latter two of which were shown armed with the Type W85 12.7 mm HMG.
The EQ2050Fs and the VP11s shown at the parade were assigned to the 7th Air Assault Brigade and the Tajik military police respectively.
Dushanbe also displayed at least one CS/SS4 82 mm self-propelled mortar system and showcased other Chinese-made infantry weapons, including the Type 56-3 7.62 mm assault rifle and the LR2 12.7 mm anti-matériel rifle.
Also paraded was Soviet/Russian-made equipment, including T-72B main battle tanks, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, D-30A 122 mm towed howitzers, and BM-21 Grad 122 mm multiple rocket launchers mounted on KrAZ 255 trucks.
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