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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 400
Also Known As: Type 97 and ZBD-97
Origin: China
Parent System: ZBD97
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 400
Family Members: Type 07 and ZBD97 ARV
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Description: The ZBD97, also known as Type 97, is an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) designed to be deployed along Type 96 and Type 99 main battle tanks in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) armored units. Typically Chinese-made IFVs feature thin armor and scarce firepower. The fully-tracked ZBD97 was developed on the basis of the Russian-made BMP-3 fighting vehicle in the late 1990s. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) first deployed the ZBD97 in the early 2000s. Overall, ZBD97 outperforms many Western-made IFVs in terms of firepower.

The ZBD97 is provided with a two-man turret equipped with a 100mm semi-automatic rifled gun with autoloader which is capable of firing laser-guided missile rounds; a 30mm coaxial cannon as secondary armament; and a 7.62mm machine gun. The fully amphibious ZBD97 is powered by a liquid-cooled diesel engine in the front compartment and two water jets providing at sea propulsion. The vehicle has a crew of three-man (commander, driver and gunner) and carries five to seven fully equipped infantryman. The ZBD97 infantry fighting vehicle was fielded within the PLA between 2002 and 2006 with around 400 vehicles produced so far.

ZBD97 Applications

Armored Vehicles ZBD04

ZBD97 Specifications

Ammunition Load: 40
Crew: 3
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 6
Troops: 7
Main Gun Caliber: 100 millimeter
Max Range: 500 kilometer (311 mile)
Max Rate of Fire: 10 roundperminute
Top Speed: 65 kph (40 mph)
Top Swimming Speed: 20 kph (10.8 knot)
Combat Weight: 20,000 kilogram (44,092 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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