Class: Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Vehicles Built: 1000-7000 (sources vary)
Operators: China, Iran, Iraq, Burma
In the late 1970s, 15 long years after the 1966 introduction of BMP-1, the Chinese still found themselves without a proper IFV. The 1979 Sino-Vietnamese conflict was a serious wake-up call for the Chinese military commanders and the issue of obtaining a new infantry fighting vehicle had become urgent. The old Type 63 APCs were simply not cutting it in jungle warfare and were too vulnerable for front-line combat. The development of the new IFV started soon afterwards, in 1980, under the designation of WZ-501.
To overcome the issue of limited experience with such vehicles, it was decided, once again, to rely on the old and proven strategy of copying existing designs. The BMP-1, by that time a rather widespread vehicle, was taken as the basis. The Chinese acquired a BMP-1 from somewhere and simply copied it between roughly 1980 and 1985. In 1986, the vehicle was officially accepted in Chinese service under the designation of ZBD-86 with full-scale production running since 1992. It took several years for the vehicle to appear in public and by the time it did, it was considered to be completely obsolete. It was almost a perfect copy of the BMP-1 with the only major upgrade being the presence of a Red Arrow ATGM launcher.
The production estimates range wildly from around 1000 to as many as 7000 vehicles built. Visually, it’s quite difficult to recognize the ZBD-86 at first glance from the original BMP-1, which likely contributed to the confusion regarding its deployment and exports. It seems that the vehicle was exported to several countries including Iran, Iraq and Burma, but given its similarity to the BMP-1, these records are hard to confirm. There are rumors that the Iranian BMP-1s are in fact the Chinese Type 86 IFVs. In any case, many ZBD-86 IFVs remain in Chinese service to this day.
- Harder to Spot: When moving slowly, this vehicle does not lose any camouflage and can effectively creep around.
- Designate Target: This vehicle has the ability to designate targets that are within its line of sight. Designated targets are marked to other players and take increased damage.
- Recon Package: This vehicle's set of advanced optics provides an improved vision range when stationary.
- Troop Compartment: This vehicle features a troop compartment, allowing you to repair your modules faster and to capture objectives more effectively.
|73mm PG-15VS HEAT||HEAT||Stock||400||580 mm||1050 m/s||6.50 s|
|73mm OG-15VM HE||HE||Stock||460[note 1]||50 mm||900 m/s||6.50 s|
|HJ-73B "Red Arrow" ATGM||ATGM||Stock||590[note 2]||800 mm||200 m/s||13.00 s|
|7.62mm AP||AP||Stock||8||18[note 3] mm||855 m/s||5.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|Stock||Stock||100 mm (vs AP)
135 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel||105 mm (vs AP)
140 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel||N/A||N/A vs AP|
N/A vs HEAT
|This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|73mm Type 86 Smoothbore Cannon||Stock||Stock||2.10 s||6.50 s|
73mm PG-15VS HEAT
73mm OG-15VM HE
|Red Arrow ATGM Launcher||Stock||Stock||N/A||13.00 s|
HJ-73B "Red Arrow" ATGM
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Max Speed||Reverse Speed||Forward
|Hull Traverse||Fire Chance|
|NORINCO 6V150F 310 hp Diesel Engine||Stock||Stock||67 km/h||25 km/h||3.40 s (0 to 32 km/h)
11.46 s (0 to Max Speed)
- 129 for Partial Penetration
33 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 118 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 18 mm at 100m;
9 mm at 1000m