Army takes delivery of armoured carrier from China to boost fight against insecurity

Army takes delivery of armoured carrier from China to boost fight against insecurity

The Nigerian Army has taken receipt of an armoured carrier produced by the Chinese company NORINCO, in the fight against insecurity.

This was according to a report published by the NNN website on October 28, 2021, which noted that the Nigerian army has taken delivery of 60 Type 85 also named YW531H, a tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier).

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“Since the 2010s, China has delivered a large number of military equipment to the Nigerian Army including 15 F-7M Airguard fighter aircraft, two P18N OPVs (Offshore Patrol Vessels), 120 AR-1 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, 5 CH-3 drones, one type-62 patrol craft, 3 SH-2 122mm self-propelled howitzers, 2 SH-5 105mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers, 6 VT-4 main battle tank, 6 ZTL-09 8×8 105mm fire support vehicle, four CH-4 armed drones and 2 Wing Loong-2 armed drones,” the statement reads.

According to the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun, China would prioritize the implementation of its political as well as economic cooperation with Nigeria, to achieve growth. The two nations established diplomatic relations in February 1971; and today the two countries also supported each other to continue a long way internationally.

The Type 85 tracked APC (Armored personnel Carrier) delivered to the Nigerian Army was developed; in the late 1960s by the State Defense Company NORINCO. The hull of the YW 531 is made of all-welded steel which provides ballistic protection; against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.

The vehicle has a crew of three; and the rear part of the hull is also able to accommodate up to 13 infantrymen. The roof of the vehicle is fitted with an open-top turret; armed with one 12.7 mm Type 54 machine gun.

The torsion bar suspension on either side consists of five single rubber-tired road wheels; with the drive sprocket at the front and the idler at the rear. The vehicle is fully amphibious; being propelled in the water by its tracks; at a maximum speed of 6 km/h.

 

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