Chinese state-owned media have released images showing the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VP22 armoured transport vehicle being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the 6×6 vehicle is either being trialled by or is already in service with the Chinese military.
The images, which were published on 20 March as part of report by the China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7) channel, show the vehicle, which is painted in what appears to be PLA Ground Force camouflage, being operated alongside PLA infantry troops in off-road terrain at an undisclosed location. The report did not reveal when the images were taken.
The VP22 was first unveiled in 2017 during Norinco's Armour Day held on 15-16 August in the city of Baotou in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Norinco has described the VP22 as an all-terrain vehicle that provides protection against mines and bullets for its crew and critical components. It is derived from the company's BeiBen Kaijia heavy-duty high-mobility tactical truck and is powered by a 323 kW (439 hp) diesel engine with an automatic transmission.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to Jane's unrivalled data and insight, learn more about our subscription options at janes.com/products