China’s new IFV has “more Western design”

04A new article from WantChinaTimes.com is describing the new Chinese infantry fighting vehicle VN12 as a “more Western design.”  The vehicle was revealed last year at the Eurosatory 2014 in Paris and is intended for export.  The VN12 is a variation of the Chinese ZBD-97 IFV.  The ZBD-97 resembles the Russian BMP-3, having a very similar turret although the chassis of the two vehicles is different.  The VN12 differs from the ZBD-97 in that it is armed with a 30mm autocannon and features improved armor.  The Norinco website (run through chrome translator) notes that the vehicle can also be equipped with a 105mm gun.  For the WantChinaTimes article, click here.