Chinese infantry fighting vehicles

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    VN11 http://www.military-today.com/apc/vn11.htm
    crew 3+6 troops
    30mm auto cannon + 2 ATGM and probably a 7.62mm coax
    Like the VN17 The VN11 turns the tank around so the power pack and chassis which were originally in the rear are now in the front. Power pack could be the old Tank engine but I would bet the Chinese atleast tried to leverage the power pack from the VN17 in there. I mean this is probably a 35 ton vehicle so about the same weight.
    It seems to be like the Chinese are trying to offer a tiered strategy of IFV offerings here. The lower End is the VN11, since it's based on the Type 59 tank the chinese can sell those off by pulling them from reserves rebuilding them into IFV's and delivering to any buyer. additionally if they use the old engine a 3rd world army with Type 59's or T54/55 tanks will have familiarity with the hull and some of the systems maybe even have the end user have part of their existing fleet converted.

    VN12 is the next tier. new vehicles but lower end lighter weight and non amphibious. good for a government is better shape then the VN11 buyer. Maybe they have some T72 variants to partner with it.

    Presumably here of course the Amphibious IFV based off the VN16 hull for the nation that wants a Marine corps.

    VN17 is the high end developing country who can spend some money and might be buying some new VT5 tanks to go with there new IFV's. perhaps even a few VT4's to.
     
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    The wheeled one reminds me of the Rheinmetall Boxer.
     
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    Good info. I was a bit surprise to see this IFV since most of the PLA IFV are able to do river crossing without additional gear. I completely forgot about export market and also and other points that you have mentioned
     
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    The PLA I think views itself as needing to be more Amphibious to so there IFV's and armor tend to a lighter weight. The Export market though lacks that absolute need.
    Especially in Africa and the middle east. The Saudis, Egyptians, Qatar or Kuwait Armies come to mind as possible interested parties.
     
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    Looks like this one ...
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    One chassis features a ramp.

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    Another one with a different turret and slight variation at the back.
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    Here is the article from Jane
    http://www.janes.com/article/75374/...al&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles
    Mark Cazalet - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
    01 November 2017
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    Images have emerged suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles. The two vehicles are very similar, but one of the apparent differences is that one of them (seen here) is shorter. Source: Via Army.81.cn
    Images have emerged on online forums suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles.

    The photographs appear to show two very similar, but subtly different vehicles. The first vehicle seems to follow a fairly conventional 6×6 layout, with driver and commander at the front and primary access for dismounts via a hydraulic ramp to the rear.

    The vehicle turret appears to be remote, thus allowing more space for dismounts in a smaller hull. The turret is equipped with a small electro-optic mast atop the turret, and a bank of grenade launchers mounted on either side of the primary armament, the latter of which appears to be a heavy machine gun.

    The vehicle is equipped with a forward-folding trim vane and ducted propellers for amphibious operations. The rear left of the vehicle hull seems to hold an auxiliary power unit.

    As with other amphibious vehicles, the engine intake and exhaust is likely to be mounted on the roof of the hull. In addition, there are two crew firing ports on each side, with cameras mounted in a recessed nook above the ports. It is possible that these cameras form part of a 360° awareness system for the crew.

    The second vehicle follows a very similar layout but is longer due to two box structures mounted behind the main hull on either side of the access ramp and door. One of these boxes contains the auxiliary power unit, with the second box likely meant for equipment storage. The turret has been covered with camouflage netting in the photographs but it appears to have been fitted with a panoramic commander’s sight on the right side of the turret.
     
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    Seems like it might be comparable to the Turkish Otocar Arma, if so then a light weight 2 + 8 AFV with a 6x6 configuration probably a slower amphibious swim speed then existing Tracked PLA Amphibian IFV
     
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