172 new type counter-terrorism vehicles exported to Gulf state
This 4 × 4 vehicles is developped by Inner Mongolia First Machines Group
China agreed to sell 150 VP11 4×4 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to the United Arab Emirates during the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition which took place in Zhuhai in southern China’s Guangdong province between Nov. 11-16 this year, reports the Beijing-based Weapon Magazine.
It was the first time China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) revealed the VP11 to the public. The vehicle has a monocoque V-shaped hull with external lightweight armor, and internal spall liners. Built with blast mitigation materials, the vehicle is capable of protecting its crew from the explosion of heavy mines under the hull or wheels, the Chinese military magazine reported.
A source from the Norinco said that the VP11 offers high level protection with good cross-country mobility and fire power. The V-shaped hull is designed to increase the chances of the vehicle and crew surviving by deflecting blasts from a landmine or IED. Xiao Ning, the chief editor of Weapon Magazine, said that China has successfully sold 150 VP11 vehicles to the United Arab Emirates.
The vehicle is developed based on a 4×4 light truck chassis and is capable of carrying seven, including a driver, a commander and a gunner. It is developed to carry out counterinsurgency operations and is extremely suitable for the combat environment in the Middle East. A remote weapon station could be seen mounted on the roof of the crew compartment during the Zhuhai Airshow. Four smoke grenade dischargers are mounted on each side at the top of the hull as well.