VP10 (105) - Dealing With Heavier Threats

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TL;DR: A VP10 APC equipped with a 105mm cannon.

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History:

The VP10, first seen in 2014 and first officially revealed in 2015, is China’s most recent wheeled APC entry into the export market. The VP10 features an 8x8 configuration and amphibious capabilities, allowing it to be a viable troop transport in most conditions. Compared to the VN-1, another one of China’s export APCs, the VP10 is an overall smaller and lighter vehicle with a weaker engine and worse armor, however, like the VN-1, and most other troop carriers for that matter, the VP10 is fully capable of assuming a dedicated anti-tank role. As such, one of China’s available armament options for the VP10 is a 105mm, L7 derived, cannon mounted in a fully rotating turret, which appears to feature some form of thermal or night sight. Due to the addition of the turret, this variant of the VP10 lost its amphibious capabilities as well as most, if not all, of its troop transport capabilities, however, the vehicle curiously retains its waterjets and hydraulic rear door for dismounts. In theory, this would allow the VP10 FSV to be converted back into a troop transport, via the removal of the turret, if needed.

Place In War Thunder:

China excels when it comes to armored car-based weaponry, producing variants upon variants of their vehicles. This is even more true when it comes to their export arsenal. If China has something to sell, you can bet they’ll have a 105mm version of it. Fast and mobile wheeled vehicles are an incredibly powerful vehicle class in War Thunder as they fit its meta to a T. The playstyle of this vehicle would be very similar to most other 8x8 armored cars at high tier. Your mobility would allow you to take up advantageous early game positions and lay into the sides of unaware MBTs. Considering the relative newness of the VP10 FSV, it likely has access to some fairly powerful rounds. This firepower does come at the cost of survivability, however, as your light armor makes you a prime target for CAS and autocannon carriers. I think the best implementation of this vehicle is as some sort of high-tier event reward. 8x8 platforms are very familiar to many players. Having one as an event reward for a minor nation would, no doubt, attract some of these players to the Chinese tech tree.

Specifications:

Armament: Low-pressure ZPL94 105mm cannon and 1x 7.62mm MG

Dimensions: 6.90m, 2.70m, 2.10m (L,W,H)

Weight: 12000kg (est.)

Armor: 12.7mm proof from the front and 7.62mm proof all-round (Exact turret protection is currently unknown. Likely 30mm proof max.)

Crew: 3-4

Ammunition: Same as WMA-301 in-game as well as all standard NATO 105mm ammunition

Speed: 100~kph

Horsepower: 362hp

Pictures:

3/4th View:

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Rear View:

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Turret Close-Up:

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Front View:

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Side View:

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Sources:

https://photo-sina-cn.translate.goog/album_8_82345_46235.htm?ch=8&vt=4&hd=1&_x_tr_sl=zh-CN&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc

http://www.military-today.com/apc/vp10.htm

https://www.armyrecognition.com/july_2015_global_defense_security_news_uk/norinco_s_vp10_8x8_wheeled_armoured_vehicle_started_testing_phase_21307152.html

https://www.deagel.com/Armored Vehicles/VP-10/a003213

Below The Turret Ring: China is developing a new APC

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Looks sick, +1!

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