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Saturday, September 15, 2018
PLAN Marine's two new wheeled light tanks
One is the standard ZBL09 as noted by my previous blog posts, the other one seems to be a mod with a different pair of water jets being the most notable feature. Smoke grenade launchers also relocated to mid-turret in this mod.
Technically speaking ZBL09 is an assault gun. Then again, what do I know?
Sunday, February 18, 2018
PLAN Marine training with ZBL09 wheeled IFV
One of the newly commissioned PLAN Marine units is seen here training
with ZBL09 wheeled IFV.. Perhaps they are just waiting for their AAAV
to arrive, or they are not intended to "storm the beach" like their 1st
and 2nd Marine Brigade counterparts but rather fan-out rapidly after a
beachhead is secured. But one thing is certain -- they are willing to
trade armor protection for speed.
As a side note, the PLAN Marine stationed in Djibouti here is also sporting the same wheel based ZBL09
ZTL09 Wheeled light tank is also spotted
Saturday, January 14, 2017
ZTL09 8x8 Wheeled Light Tank to the PLAN Marine??
ZTL09 8x8 Wheeled Light Tanks sporting the now-famous "Blue Smurf" camo
were spotted in Sanya City, near the HQ of the PLAN Marine. Rumor has
it that they are now getting those wheeled new toys to increase their
mobility for MOOTW and non-amphibious operations. Time will tell.