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Type 86 infantry fighting vehicle

Country of Origin: China


The Chinese Type 86 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is virtually a direct copy of the Soviet/Russian BMP-1 (see separate database entry). The Type 86 reportedly has a lower maximum road speed and weight. Although designated the Type 86 by China, it is called the WZ 501 in the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Similar to the BMP-1, the WZ 501 has a low silhouette with a straight roof line and shallow glacis. Under the glacis are the engine and driver. The driver sits to the engine's...

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