Class: Infantry Fighting Vehicle
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.
- 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.
|30mm 3UBR8 APDS||APDS||Stock||32||300[note 1] mm||1120 m/s||2.50 s|
|30mm 3UOF8 HEI||HE||Stock||72[note 2]||17 mm||920 m/s||2.50 s|
|HJ-73C ATGM||ATGM||Stock||690[note 3]||1000 mm||200 m/s||14.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|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.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|30mm ZPT-99 Autocannon||Stock||Stock||2.00 s||2.50 s|
30mm 3UBR8 APDS
30mm 3UOF8 HEI
|HJ-73C ATGM Launcher||Stock||Stock||N/A||14.00 s|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Max Speed||Reverse Speed||Forward
|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)
- 300 mm at 100m;
90 mm at 400m
- 48 for Partial Penetration;
24 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 138 for Non-Penetrating Hits