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ZBL-09 Snow Leopard
Shiyang Road,Nanjing,20150727,01.jpg
Place of origin  People's Republic of China
Service history
In service since 2009
Production history
Manufacturer NORINCO
Weight 15 to 20 t
Length 8 m (26 ft)
Width 2.1 m (6.9 ft)
Height 3 m (9.8 ft)
Crew 3
Passengers 7 to 10

125 mm cannon (Anti tank variant)
105 mm L7 cannon (Anti tank variant) with ST1 export variant
122 mm howitzer (SPH variant)
155 mm howitzer (SPH variant)
120 mm mortars (self propelled mortar variant)
12.7 mm gun (APC variant)
30 mm AO-18K Gatling gun (air defense variant)
UW4 30 mm remote weapons station or 30 mm cannon (IFV variant)
35 mm KDG revolver autocannon (anti-aircraft variant)[1]
30 mm gun (VN-1)
HJ-73 Anti-Tank Guided Missile
7.62 mm machine gun
Engine Deutz BF6M1015C diesel
440 hp
Suspension 8x8
800 km
Speed 100 km/h

The ZBL-09 is a Chinese wheeled armored fighting vehicle.

It is a recent People's Republic of China produced family of 8x8 wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicles.[2] It's a modular design which claims to be able to field an APC model, an IFV model, an anti-tank gun model with an export variant, an Engineering model, a 122 mm self propelled howitzer model, a 155 mm self propelled howitzer model, an air defense model, a self-propelled mortar model, a recon model, a command vehicle model, and an export version dubbed the VN-1.


  • IFV - Original IFV variant with a 30mm turret
  • APC - APC variant with 12.7mm machine gun
  • ZTL-09 - 105mm assault gun variant
  • ST1 - 105mm assault gun variant
  • PLZ-09 - 122mm or 155mm howitzer
  • PLL-09 - 120mm dual purpose mortar carrier
  • CS/SA5 - air defense variant with a 6 barreled 30mm Gatling gun
  • SWS2 - Air defense variant with a 35mm revolving autocannon, capable of firing Chinese smart munitions and SAM
  • Reconnaissance
  • Engineering
  • Command
  • VN-1 - export variant
  • 125mm anti-tank variant - Variant fitted with a new 60-caliber 125 mm gun with a muzzle velocity of 2000 m/s.[3]


Map of ZBL08 operators in blue

Current operators[edit]


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