China Reveals Anti-Aircraft-Drone Wheeled Armoured Vehicle: Global Times
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China reveals new self-propelled anti-aircraft gun ‘for field air defence
tasks’

A new type of self-propelled, eight-wheeled 35 millimetre calibre
anti-aircraft gun independently developed by China is in action. Photo:
Screenshot from China Central Television

China recently revealed a new type of self-propelled, eight-wheeled 35
millimetre anti-aircraft gun equipped with two surface-to-air missiles.
Chinese analysts noted that it is a great choice for field air defence tasks.

Independently developed by China’s arms industry, the self-propelled
anti-aircraft gun is equipped with advanced radar and fire control systems,
and can act as a stand-alone combat unit, making it a high-end product among
other anti-aircraft guns, China Central Television (CCTV) reported last week.

Without introducing the weapon’s designation, the CCTV report said that the
eight-wheeled gun system is highly mobile and can accompany mechanized troops
to provide air defence cover, making it a great choice for a mid-size combined
arms brigade in field air defence tasks as well as countering drones,
according to CCTV.

“We integrated detection, track and strike functions to the system and it can
finish all of these tasks while it is moving,” according to the lead designer
of the anti-aircraft gun from the state-owned China South Industries Group
Corporation.

The weapon uses a 35 millimetre calibre single-barrel gun with the same combat
capability as its two-barrelled predecessors because it uses a completely new
rotary autoloader that significantly increases its fire rate, the report said.

The rotary autoloader that can also boost the weapon’s accuracy and
reliability was challenging to develop because of high requirements in
designing and material, CCTV said, noting that the Chinese arms industry has
successfully solved all the problems.

A set of two air defence missiles is mounted on the right side of the turret
next to the gun.

Compared to self-propelled anti-aircraft guns that use tracks, wheeled
vehicles have higher mobility and range, are more difficult to detect and have
better chances of survival, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told
the Global Times.

In addition to air targets, the gun can also be used against ground targets,
Wei said.

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