The Chinese PTL02 6×6 Wheeled Tank Destroyer

The Chinese PTL02 6×6 Wheeled Tank Destroyer

The Chinese PTL02 6×6 Wheeled Tank Destroyer is another hybrid vehicle utilizing existing PLA weaponry. It uses the WZ551 6×6 hull and running gear (chassis and transmission) with a turret mounting the 100mm smoothbore gun of the Type 86 towed anti-tank gun, with the Fire Control System of the Type 88 MBT.

The 100mm smoothbore gun fires the armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) round with tungsten core originally developed for the Type 86 towed anti-tank gun as well as HEAT and HE rounds, with 30 rounds carried onboard the vehicle.  however this system lacks the punch required to defeat modern composite/laminate armour used on modern MBT’s.

PTL02 Crew Layout
PTL02 Crew Layout

The drivers compartment is front, powerpack in middle, and turret/combat compartment at rear. The tank destroyer has a crew of five.

The vehicle’s armour is capable of protecting its crew against 12.7mm calibre weapon. Collective NBC protection and automatic fire suppressing are provided as standard.

The vehicle is powered by a 320hp German-designed BF8L413F 4-stroke, 8-cylinder, turbo-charged, air-cooled diesel engine.

PTL02 Photo Gallery

PTL02 Specifications

Crew: 5
Combat weight: 19 tonne
Dimension: (Length) ?; (width) 6.70m; (height without AAMG) 2.90m
Anti-NBC: Collective
Fire-Suppression System: Yes
Maximum Speed: (Road) 80km/h
Calibre: 100mm
Muzzle Velocity: 1,610m/s
Firing Range: 1.8 ~ 13.705km
Rate of Fire: 8~10 rounds/min
Loading system: Manual
Fire Control: Type 37A light-spot, with night vision and laser rangefinder
Second Weapon: 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine gun; 7.62mm co-axial machine gun
Smoke Grenade: 2 sets of 4-barrel launchers
Onboard Ammunition Load: (100mm) 30; (12.7mm) 480; (7.62mm) 800

PTL02 Export Model aka WMA301

PTL02 Export model WMA301
PTL02 Export model WMA301

This vehicle has a different turret configuration, with a distinct Wedge front, rather than the Chinese flat slopping front. It is in service with Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti and Myanmar.

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