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The ZBL-08 is a Tier 6 progression Armored Fighting Vehicle under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Developed: 2000-2006
Service: 2008+
Vehicles Built: cca 500-700
Operators: China, Venezuela, Gabon, Thailand

The ZBL-08 Infantry Fighting Vehicle is a modern wheeled troop carrier from China by NORINCO. As usual, precious little information is available on this vehicle in English. The ZBL name is a military designation, referring to it being a wheeled IFV while the number 08 refers to the year it was accepted in service. It’s worth noting that some major sources incorrectly call it ZBL-09 based on the year it was first shown in public during the 1st of October 2009 National Day military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, operated by crews belonging to the 54th Group Army from the Jinan Military Region.

The development likely started around the year 2000 with a prototype appearing in 2006. The wheeled platform was used for a wide variety of vehicles, with the ZBL-08 being a classic wheeled 8x8 IFV, somewhat resembling the Stryker. There are some reports that these vehicles might be organized into what is effectively a Chinese version of the American Stryker brigades, featuring multiple vehicles on the same platform. The number of vehicles built is currently unknown.

Unlike some other modern Chinese vehicles, the ZBL-08 is also offered for export under the designation of VN-1. Venezuela purchased an unknown number of the VN1 IFVs along with some other Chinese vehicles in 2014. They entered official service in 2015. Gabon and Thailand also ordered several dozen pieces.

Vehicle Traits[]

  • Harder to Spot: When moving slowly, this vehicle does not lose any camouflage and can effectively creep around.
  • Recon Package: This vehicle's set of advanced optics provides an improved vision range when stationary.
  • Amphibious: This vehicle is more resistant to taking on water, allowing it to traverse wider rivers or lakes.
  • Troop Compartment: This vehicle features a troop compartment, allowing you to repair your modules faster and to capture objectives more effectively.

Ammunition[]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 30mm 3UBR8 APDS APDS Stock 32 300[note 1] mm 1120 m/s 2.50 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.08 °
  • Shots Before Overheat: 50
  • Cooldown Time: 2.50 s
  • Burst Fire Rate: 375.00 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 30mm 3UOF8 HEI HE Stock 72[note 2] 17 mm 920 m/s 2.50 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.11 °
  • Shots Before Overheat: 50
  • Cooldown Time: 2.50 s
  • Burst Fire Rate: 375.00 rd/min
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 100 %
  • Splash Radius: 0.25 m
  • Splash Penetration: 35 mm
3 HJ-73C ATGM ATGM Stock 690[note 3] 1000 mm 200 m/s 14.00 s
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  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 2
  • Reload within Magazine: 4.00 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
  • Flight Agility: 25.00 deg/s
  • Self-Guided: No

Upgrades[]

Armor[]

ZBL-08 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 170 mm (vs AP)
230 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 250 mm (vs AP)
330 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.

Weapon[]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 30mm ZPT-99 Autocannon Stock Stock 2.00 s 2.50 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -6.0° / 12.0°
Ammo:
30mm 3UBR8 APDS
30mm 3UOF8 HEI
Weapon2 HJ-73C ATGM Launcher Stock Stock N/A 14.00 s
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Stats:

  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Magazine Size: 2
  • Reload within Magazine: 4.00 s
  • Burst Fire Rate: 15.00 rd/min
  • Depression/Elevation: -6.0° / 12.0°
Ammo:
HJ-73C ATGM

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Deutz BF6M1015C 440 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 99 km/h 40 km/h 3.73 s (0 to 32 km/h)
24.21 s (0 to Max Speed)
69.10° 8 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Smokegrenades.png
Type 84 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 2 charges
Takes 60s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Smokegrenades.png
Type 84G Smoke Grenades
Experience.png 10,812 Credits .png 102,400 Comes with 6 charges in total
Magazine capacity: 2 charges
Takes 3s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Magazine reload time: 25s
Firecontrol.png
Enhanced Gun-Laying Drive
Experience.png 32,436 Credits .png 307,200 Aim time reduced by 10%
Navsystem.png
Semi-Automatic ATGM Targeting System
Experience.png 54,060 Credits .png 512,000 Allows you to launch another ATGM while the first one is still in the air
Telescope.png
Reconnaissance Package
Stock Stock Drastically decreases the Spotted by Enemy indicator delay in PvP
Bonus vision range when standing still: 30 m
Wheels01.png
Stock Wheels
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.3%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.0%
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Improved Wheels
Experience.png 16,218 Credits .png 153,600 Mobility (Light Terrain): 90.0%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 76.0%
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Improved Suspension
Experience.png 21,624 Credits .png 204,800 Movement speed on off-road surfaces is increased by 20%
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Troop Compartment
Stock Stock Base capture rate increased by 25%
Repair rate while standing increased by 25%

Abilities[]

# Name XP Cost Stats Activation
Time
Duration Cooldown More
Info
ATSquad Ability AT squad.png
Deploy AT Squad
Stock Squad Size: 4
Upgrade: 84mm AT4 HP
Ammo Type: HEAT
Damage: 200
Vision Range while Stopped: 255 m
Camouflage: 60%
1 s N/A N/A
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Description:
Anti-Tank troops set ambushes that are highly effective against lightly armored vehicles.

Conditions:
No conditions bound to this ability.
Sniper Ability Sniper.png
Deploy Sniper
Stock Squad Size: 1
Upgrade: 12.7mm M903 AP Bullet
Ammo Type: AP
Damage: 15
Vision Range while Stopped: 400 m
Camouflage: 80%
1 s N/A N/A
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Description:
The sniper is an excellent scout, very effective against enemy infantry and capable of destroying vehicle optics.

Conditions:
No conditions bound to this ability.
Mortar Ability Mortar.png
Deploy Mortar Squad
Stock Squad Size: 1
Upgrade: 82mm O-832DU HE
Ammo Type: HE
Damage: 480
Vision Range while Stopped: 175 m
Camouflage: 40%
1 s N/A N/A
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Description:
Mortar squad provides long-range high-arc indirect fire.

Conditions:
No conditions bound to this ability.

Footnotes[]

  1. 300 mm at 100m;
    90 mm at 400m
  2. 48 for Partial Penetration;
    24 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 138 for Non-Penetrating Hits
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