|Manufacturer:||Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles|
|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
|Name:||Wheeled armoured personnel carrier|
The ZFB05 series of 4 × 4 light armoured vehicles have been developed by the Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Manufacturing Company for the home and export market.
By early 2008, it is understood that about 100 vehicles had been built for the home market so far with some of these being deployed overseas by China as part of United Nations (UN) forces.
In addition to being marketed by the manufacturer, it has also been marketed by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO).
ZFB05 is essentially a locally built IVECO NJ2046 (4 × 4) cross-country truck chassis fitted with an all-welded steel armour body that provides the occupants with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters.
It is powered by a four-cylinder turbo charged diesel developing 87 kW which gives a maximum road speed of 110 km/h and an operating range of about 800 km.
It normally has a crew of two consisting of commander and driver who are seated at the front with the seven to nine troops or police being carried in the rear seated on individual seats.
The crew can rapidly enter and leave the vehicle via a door in each side of the hull and one in the rear with each of these being provided with a bullet proof window in the upper part.
Rear door opens to the right and is provided with a firing port. A replacement wheel is normally carried on the rear door.
The weapon station is normally mounted on the forward part of the roof and armament typically consists of a 12.7 mm machine gun which is provided with a shield to provide the gunner with frontal protection. The gunner is provided with a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear.
Bullet proof windows and associated firing ports are provided so the crew can fire their weapons from within the safety of the vehicle. Over the rear troop compartment are two outward opening oblong roof hatches.
As well as baseline APC version, a number of other versions are already being marketed such as ambulance, internal security vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle and command post vehicle.
As with most vehicles today, a variety of specialised equipment can be fitted such as roof-mounted 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun which can be pintle mounted or provided with a shield, 23 mm externally mounted cannon, tear gas grenade launching equipment, sirens and area lighting equipment. The latter is mounted on a telescopic mast mounted at the right side of the chassis. The weapon is normally mounted on the cupola in the middle of the roof although it could be positioned over the commander's position at the front right if required.
Specialised communications equipment can be fitted including a global positioning system and associated electronic map software.
More recently another version has been developed to the prototype stage called the ZFB05A. The only significant difference is that the ZFB05A is fitted with improved protection for the driver and commander seated at the front of the vehicle.
On the original ZFB05 APC the commander and driver are each provided with a large bullet/splinter proof window to their immediate front with a large rectangular hatch cover above.
On the latest ZF05A the front of the vehicle is more well sloped for improved protection over the frontal arc and commander and driver are each provided with three day periscopes for forward observation with a large circular hatch cover above opening to the rear.