Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Correcting the Wikipedia: Zimbabwe IFV on the news is not Type90 IFV

Wikipedia mistakenly labeled the Zimbabwean Norinco YW 531H (Norinco industrial model designation) as the Type90 APC (PLA in-service type designation), which is incorrect.

Type 90  China Infantry Fighting Vehicle -- -- Seen on the streets of Harare during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'├ętat[74]

The 25mm armed YW 531H IFV on the news is a smaller and lighter version of the WZ534 (13.6 vs 14.3 tonnes), and called Type85 in China.  WZ535, on the other hand,  is in service with the PLA and is known as the Type89, with ~1000 copies still in service within China.

YW 531H is an export only IFV with a limited customer base including Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand and of course,  Zimbabwe.

Nippick?  Yeah, just a bit.

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