SUPERAV While there are many amphibious armored vehicles in the world, most of them, whether tracked or wheeled, move very slowly in the water. China
While there are many amphibious armored vehicles in the world, most of them, whether tracked or wheeled, move very slowly in the water. China’s new amphibious armored car will leave the competition in its wake.
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While it’s only a proof-of-concept vehicle, it’s still pretty impressive. As a technology demonstrator, it has a light weight (about 5.5 tons without armor or installed weapons) that allows it to be particularly speedy. But even with additional armor to protect against small arms fire and an autocannon, it could potentially travel at amphibious speeds up to 18 miles per hour, which is faster than the amphibious speeds of the 6 miles per hour Terrex 2 and BAE SuperAV, the contenders for the United States Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle AFV.
If a wheeled Chinese amphibious AFV enters service, it’ll deploy from Chinese hovercraft like the Type 726, as well as the Type 071 landing platform dock assault ships, speeding through water and onto beaches.