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China is developing the world's fastest amphibious armoured vehicle that can speed through water at 31mph

June 9, 2017 1:52 PM
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In the hope of keeping ahead of enemies, both on land and on the water, China is developing the world's fastest amphibious armoured vehicle.

The 4x4 vehicle can reach top speeds of 31 miles/hour (50 kilometres/hour) when travelling in calm waters.

While it is only a proof-of-concept, the vehicle could put China well ahead of the US, whose fastest amphibious armoured vehicle can travel at just 6mph (10 km/h).

The vehicle is being built by the North China Institute of Vehicle Research in Beijing.

This not only prevents hydraulic drag, but also protects against improvised explosive devices.

Compact pump jets alongside retracting wheels give the vehicle its top speeds.

The vehicle is light-weight, weighing at 5.5 tons without armour or weapons.

This still puts it ahead of the US, whose Terrex 2 and BAE SuperAV vehicles can only reach speeds on water of six miles/hour (10 kilometres/hour).

While it is still a proof-of-concept vehicle, if it is put into service, the vehicle will likely deploy from a Chinese hovercraft like the Type 726, as well as the Type 071 landing platform dock assault ships, according to PopSci.


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