Designation:

WMZ 551B

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Manufacturer: NORINCO - China North Industries Group Corporation - CNGC  
Product type: Armoured Vehicles  
Name: Wheeled armoured personnel carrier  

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) developed the WMZ 551 6x6 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (ARC) in the 1980s to meet the operational requirements of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

In the past the PLA has used only full-tracked APCs. However, it has now started to deploy the WMZ 551 -series wheeled vehicle, which has much greater strategic mobility than its tracked counterparts.

In many respects, the WMZ 551 series of wheeled vehicles is like the French Renault Vehicule de I'Avant Blinde (VAB) 6x6 APC. The Chinese vehicle is very similar in layout: the commander and driver sit at the front and the power pack is to the immediate rear. This leaves all of the back of the vehicle clear for the troop compartment, which is provided with roof hatches and a large door in the hull rear.

The latest version is the WMZ 551 B, which is normally fitted with a one-person cupola armed with a 12.7mm machine gun and a bank of four electrically operated smoke grenade launchers either side. A wide range of turrets is also being marketed for installation on the WMZ 551 B, including those armed with a 25mm cannon.

Standard equipment includes powered steering, run-flat tyres, heavy-duty air-conditioning system, bulletproof windows and firing ports. It is fully amphibious: two water jets propel the vehicle through water at a maximum speed of 8km/h. Optional equipment includes a central tyre-inflation system and a power-operated winch.

A number of variants of the WMZ 551B have been developed or proposed, including an ambulance with a raised roof at the rear (WMZ 551JH), an armoured recovery vehicle (WMZ

551QJ), a command-post vehicle with raised roof at the back, a target-acquisition vehicle, a 120mm self-propelled mortar system and a 105mm turret-mounted assault gun. The PLA also deploys 4x4 vehicles on a similar chassis armed with anti-tank guided missiles.

Specifications:
Property Value
Crew
2
Troops
11
Number of drive wheels
6
Number of wheels
6
Weight (kg)
15000
Length (mm)
6730
Width (mm)
2860
Height to hull top (mm)
2100
Ground clearance (mm)
410
Track (mm)
2440
Wheelbase (mm)
1900
Max. road speed (km/h)
90
Max. water speed (km/h)
8
Fuel capacity (l)
400
Max. road range (km)
800
Gradient (%)
70
Number of forward gears
5
Number of reverse gears
1
Main weapon caliber (mm)
12.7
Engine power output (h.p.)
320


Has folowing part:
Total Amount
5S-111GPA (Transmission)
1
BF8L413FC (Diesel engine)
1

WMZ 551B quantities:
Country Qnt
BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
5
CHAD CHAD
10
CHINA CHINA
100
OMAN OMAN
50
Qnt:
165

Last Contracts:
Qnt Customer Value Add Date
(Close Date)
Unit cost
10
CHAD
$5.000.000
Feb 2006
(Nov 2007)
$500,000
50
OMAN
$25.000.000
Feb 2003
(Nov 2003)
$500,000
Average Unit Cost:
$500,000

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