China's Amphibious Assault IFV/Light tank ZBD 2000

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    I wrote the following almost a year ago, advocating/predicting that PLA combine the Army Amphibious Units and the Navy Marine Corp form a larger MC.

    Well, it looks like that's what's happening. Chinese news report that PLA is transferring the two Army Amphibious divisions (1st Division at Hangzhou, 124th Division at Boluo) to Navy to combine with the two MC brigades currently at Zhanjiang. Eventually the Chinese MC will have six brigades, close to 100,000 soldiers.

    A quite substantial change.

     
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    Interesting, very interesting.

    Do you have a link for it?

    Going from their current force level to nearly 100,000 is quite a boost.
     
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    MC.jpg

    http://lt.cjdby.net/thread-2324491-1-1.html
    http://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20161204/s00013/1480787608325
     
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    Amphibious exercise of the Chinese Marine Corps near Zhanjiang, in the south of China.

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    World fastest amphibious infantry fighting vehicle. I believe somebody posted the picture before but now we have data. Any beach landing is difficult due to defender advantages like shooting a slow moving Amphibious vehicle so speed can change the equation. I don;t know in the age of precision ground to surface missile if amphibious landing is still possible
    http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/1014/c90000-9279729.html
    Nation developing fastest amphibious multi-role vehicle
    (China Daily) 10:35, October 14, 2017
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    (The world's fastest amphibious multi-role vehicle developed in China. Photo/NetEase)

    China is developing the world's fastest amphibious multi-role vehicle, which can be used in personnel and supply transportation at sea as well as for special warfare.

    The four-wheeled vehicle is being developed at the China North Vehicle Research Institute in Beijing's southwestern suburbs. The facility is one of the biggest institutions under China North Industries Group Corp, the country's largest maker of land armaments.

    The vehicle uses a v-shaped hull to minimize the hydraulic drag. It is propelled by compact pump jets in waters with the wheels retracted.

    With a weight of 5.5 metric tons, the proof-of-concept vehicle reached a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour as it traveled through calm waters during a test earlier this year, the institute said. This bested the world's fastest amphibious vehicle of its kind, made by the British company Gibbs Amphibians, which has a maximum speed of 48 km/h in water.

    The institute has not published other specs about the vehicle such as its land speed and operational range.

    Amphibious vehicles are mainly used for military purposes and are usually launched at sea from amphibious assault ships, amphibious transport docks or hovercraft to conduct a forced entry into semi-aquatic areas. Their core mission is to spearhead a beach and to secure coastline for landing troops. Other tasks include transporting personnel between shores and ships and providing fire support.

    Most amphibious vehicles in the world move slowly in water. For instance, the United States Marine Corps' Assault Amphibious Vehicle, commonly known as AAV7, has a top water speed of 13.2 km/h, and Italy's Iveco Super-AV, an eight-wheeled amphibious vehicle, is able to move 10 km/h in water. The US and Japan are developing new-generation military amphibious vehicles that will be capable of traveling at least 40 km/h.

    A chief designer of the vehicle at China North Vehicle Research Institute who requested anonymity said designing such vehicles is never an easy job, as the engineers overcame a number of technical difficulties.

    "We spent a lot of time and resources on finding proper methods to reduce hydraulic drag and the hull's weight. We also focused on devising a set of equipment to make sure the vehicle would be able to move fast on both land and water," he said, adding that all of the major parts used on the vehicle were developed by Chinese engineers on their own.

    "Designs for some parts on this vehicle had never been worked out by others before us," the designer said. "We are leading in this field."

    Qin Zhen, executive editor of Ordnance Knowledge magazine, said the ability to move fast in water is crucial to any amphibious combat vehicle. "It is difficult for them to use rapid-changing maneuvers in waters to dodge enemies' fire, therefore moving fast is the most reliable way to increase their survivability," he said.
     
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    A Chinese documentary on the development of the ZBD-05:


    Several interesting points of note:
    1) The basic hull is of welded aluminum construction to reduce weight.
    2) The wheels and tracks are retractable to reduce underwater resistance.
    3) Top speed in water is 25km+ per hour.
    4) Due to the power output limitation of the engine, the bow flap and transom flap are fully adjustable in order to achieve the least resistance in water. According to the documentary, the cancelled American Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle doesn't feature adjustable flaps but uses a preponderance of engine power to overcome the problem.

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    Now this is news via Taishang
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1145839.shtml

    China builds world's first armed amphibious drone boat that can lead land assault


    By Liu Xuanzun Source:Global Times Published: 2019/4/14


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    The world's first armed amphibious drone boat Marine Lizard is successfully delivered on April 8, 2019, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) announced on Friday. Photo: screenshot of CSIC's Sina Weibo account


    China has built the world's first armed amphibious drone boat which military analysts said could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships.

    Built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the drone ship, named Marine Lizard, successfully passed delivery checks and left factory on April 8 in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, CSIC revealed on Friday via Sina Weibo.

    In ship form, the 12-meter-long Marine Lizard is a trimaran propelled by a diesel-powered hydrojet and can reach a maximum speed of 50 knots while maintaining stealth.

    When approaching land, the amphibious drone ship can release four continuous track units hidden under its belly, and travel at 20 kilometers an hour on land, the Hubei Daily reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed company manager.

    The manager also noted the maximum land speed can be increased if larger track units are installed.

    The Marine Lizard's payloads include an electro-optical system and a radar system. In the weapon department, it is equipped with two machine guns and a vertical launching system for anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, the manager said, noting it can autonomously sail, avoid obstacles and plan routes.

    This amphibious drone boat is suitable for island assault operations as a swarm of such drone ships could lead an attack following a first wave of artillery and air strikes, an anonymous military expert told the Global Times on Sunday.

    Approaching land from the sea is a dangerous task, and the Marine Lizard can take advantage of its unmanned nature to discover enemy positions and provide suppressive fire as troops follow, the expert said.

    The drone boat is also a great choice for coastal defense. The company manager said it can remain dormant on an uninhabited island for up to eight months before engaging in combat once it receives orders, according to the Hubei Daily report.

    Provided with world-class navigation by China's independently developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, the Marine Lizard can cooperate with other battle units in an integrated command system, the manager said.

    The anonymous expert also pointed out the amphibious Marine Lizard can possibly form an unmanned sea-land-air integrated combat system with aerial armed reconnaissance drones and other drone ships, which can engage in combat with great efficiency and low risk of casualties.

    Having a maximum operation range of 1,200 kilometers, the Marine Lizard can be remotely controlled via satellites, the company manager said.

    The drone is available for export, as it is developed with the needs of international clients in mind, according to a statement released by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group.



    Shipbuilder Wuchuan delivers the first Amphibious UAV to a Chinese customer. The 12m long craft can sail at a speed of 50 knots.


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    Very cool and potentially a game changer. Marine operations typically rely on overwhelming numbers to weather the massive defender’s advantage. A first wave of missile armed unmanned attackers could soak up the initial defenses and massively reduce the number of marines required for an amphibious assault.
     
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    Looks like a promising and versatile high tech platform.

    Is it going to enter service in the PLAN or only for export ?
     
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