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WZ 5523
Type Armored personnel carrier
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Specifications ([1])
Weight 11,700 kg (25,800 lb)
Length 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in)
Width 2.55 m (8 ft 4 in)
Height 2.73 m (8 ft 11 in) (including machine gun)
Crew 2 + 10 passengers

Armor welded steel
Primary
armament
12.7 mm heavy machine gun
Engine Water-cooled petrol engine
165 horsepower (123 kW)
Suspension Wheeled 6x6
Operational
range
600 km (370 mi)
Speed 85 km/h (53 mph) (road speed)
7 km/h (4.3 mph) (water speed)

The WZ 523 is a Chinese produced six wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier. It was unveiled at a military parade in Beijing in October 1984, gaining the US Army designation M1984,[1] although it did not enter large scale service with the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA).[2] An internal security vehicle based on the WZ 523, the ZFB 91, which has a turret armed with a 35 mm grenade launcher and a 7.62 mm machine gun replacing the roof mounted 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun of the WZ 523, is in service with PLA units in Hong Kong and Macau.[2]

VariantsEdit

WZ 523 
Armored Personnel Carrier armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
ZFB 91 
Internal Security Vehicle based on the WZ 523.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Foss 2002, pp. 362–363.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "WZ523 Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier". Sinodefence.com. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  • Foss, Christopher F. Jane's Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide. London: HarperCollins, 2002. ISBN 0-00-712759-6.

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