The WZ 523 is a Chinese produced six wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier. It was unveiled at a military parade in Beijing in October 1984, gaining the US Army designation M1984, although it was destined for export and did not enter large scale service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA). An internal security vehicle based on the WZ 523, the ZFB 91, which has a turret armed with a 35 mm grenade launcher and a 7.62 mm machine gun replacing the roof mounted 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun of the WZ 523, is in service with PLA units in Hong Kong and Macau.

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China 1984
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  • WZ 523Armored Personnel Carrier armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
  • ZFB 91Internal Security Vehicle based on the WZ 523.

Type Armored personnel carrier
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Weight 11,700 kg (25,800 lb)
Length 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in)
Width 2.55 m (8 ft 4 in)
Height 2.73 m (8 ft 11 in) (including machine gun)
Crew 2 + 10 passengers
Armor welded steel
12.7 mm heavy machine gun
Engine Water-cooled petrol engine
165 horsepower (123 kW)
Suspension Wheeled 6x6
600 km (370 mi)
Speed 85 km/h (53 mph) (road speed)
7 km/h (4.3 mph) (water speed)

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