WZ551

The WZ551 (AKA the ZSL92 is a Chinese wheeled armored personnel carrier. It is actually consisted of two families of vehicles with official designations in the People's Liberation Army as Type 90 and Type 92. Roughly 900 WZ551s are in service with the PLA, where they are used by light mechanized infantry units. WZ551s have been exported to Algeria, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.


WZ551
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Norinco
Origin China
Country Name Origin Year
China 1995
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Argentina View
Bosnia-Herzegovina View
Burma View
Burundi View
Cameroon View
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) View
Chad View
China View
Congo (Zaire) View
Gabon View
Kenya View
Nepal View
Oman (Muscat) View
Pakistan View
Sudan View
Tanzania View
Venezuela View
Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Norinco View

Produced by Norinco, the WZ551 first appeared in 1984, but the Chinese military were not satisfied with its performance, and the design had to be modified. Modification is mostly concentrated on improving the chassis. The improved WZ551A entered service in 1995 as the Type 92 IFV and Type 92A APC.

It has a crew of three men, and is fully amphibious, being driven in the water by shrouded propellers.

The IFV version is equipped with a 25 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun in a closed turret and it can carry 9 passengers. The APC version has only a 12.7 mm machine gun but can carry 11 passengers. Additional versions include anti-tank missile, command, self-propelled artillery, air defense and armored recovery vehicles.

Type Infantry fighting vehicle
Armored personnel carrier
Place of origin People's Republic of China
Service history
In service 1995-present
Production history
Designer Jiang Hong [WZ551B] at NORINCO Vehicle Research Institute; institute 201 and Institute 202
Manufacturer Norinco, at Factory 256
Specifications
Weight 12.5 tonnes
Length 6.63 m
Width 2.80 m
Height 2.80 m
Crew 3 + 9 passengers
Armor Welded steel
Main
armament
25 mm autocannon
Secondary
armament
12.7 mm heavy machine gun
7.62 mm coaxial machine gun
Engine 8-cylinder, turbo-charged, air-cooled diesel
320 hp
Suspension Independent wheel
Operational
range
800 km
Speed 85 km/h

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