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« on: 30 October 2012, 22:17:43 »

Chinese Ground Vehicles Stress Mechanization
By Richard F. Fisher, Jr.
October 15, 2012

China is now manufacturing two families of 8x8 wheeled medium-weight armored vehicles, the China North Industries (Norinco) ZSL09 (ZBD09 or VN-1 export designator), being rapidly acquired by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), and the Poly Industries Type-07, which so far is only offered for export. The 20-ton ZSL09 family offers greater firepower and, since its emergence in 2007, has been developed into about the same group of 10 variants as the General Dynamics Land Systems Stryker, its U.S. counterpart.

It is the PLA's preference for greater firepower that marks a key difference in the U.S. and Chinese operational concepts for this class of vehicle. The Stryker vehicle family was originally intended as an interim main platform for the U.S. Army's Stryker Brigade, which emerged from then-Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki's recognition of the need for an independent, medium-weight (and less expensive) brigade-size force for contingencies short of full-scale Cold War-level armored conflict.


We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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