Saturday, March 11, 2017

PLZ05 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer Abteilung, 6th Artillery Brigade, 38th Group Army, Central Theater Command shows off its latest artillery forward observer/recon vehicles

This ZSD Chassis based FO vehicle seems to be sporting the same reconnaissance radar on telescoping mast as the new ZBD04A recon IFV (Chinese VingtaqsII??).  Technical details are unavailable at this point.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

New ZBD04A reconnaissance IFV variant revealed

As part of the press release (here) covering 40th Group Army's trek to the "Stride 2015• Zhurihe A" Red vs Blue confrontational drill, they are head-lining a new  ZBD04A reconnaissance variant vanguarding an armored recon unit ahead of the main body.

Judging by large number of ZBD04A variants currently in service,  the PLA seems to be happy with this design. The original ZDB04... well not so much, only 500 copies were commissioned.

1 comment:

jobjed said...

I think both vehicles are based on the ZSD-89A chassis and not the ZBD-04A. Only the AFT-10 launcher vehicle is based on the ZBD-04A. Also, the sensor suite is evidently different between the two; the recce vehicle seems to have a much smaller box containing the optics.