ZFB91 in Hong Kong
|Type||Armored personnel carrier|
|Place of origin||People's Republic of China|
|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|
|12.7 mm heavy machine gun|
|Engine||Water-cooled petrol engine|
165 horsepower (123 kW)
|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, although it did not enter large scale service with the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). 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.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- WZ 523
- Armored Personnel Carrier armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
- ZFB 91
- Internal Security Vehicle based on the WZ 523.
Operators[edit | edit source]
- China: ZFB91 variant.
- Namibia: Export model incorporating the BMP-1 turret; fitted with 73mm main gun.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Foss, Christopher F. Jane's Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide. London: HarperCollins, 2002. ISBN 0-00-712759-6.
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