[Would you like to see this in-game?]
TL;DR: An 8x8 armored car equipped with a 35mm automatic grenade launcher.
The Type 07P’s history began in the late 1990 when the development of a new APC was initiated. Poly Technologies (PolyTech) and NORINCO both submitted designs to meet the requirements set by the Chinese Army. These were the Type 07P and Type 08 respectively. NORINCO’s Type 08 was ultimately accepted into service as the ZBL-08, which served as the basis for the ZLT-11, a vehicle we already have in-game. PolyTech’s Type 07P didn’t go to waste, however, as it was instead marketed as an export vehicle targeted at developing countries as well as an internal security vehicle for the Chinese Police. The latter role saw the vehicle redesignated as YLGA-01 and kitted out with all sorts of police gear such as emergency lights, sirens, speakers, a set of cameras on a retractable mast, as well as some sort of acoustic crowd dispersal system. On top of the aforementioned, the YLGA-01 received a new one-man turret equipped with a weapon cradle designed to accommodate a number of more lethal weapons. Usually, this cradle would be used to mount standard 5.8mm or 7.62mm police rifles, however, if the situation called for it, the cradle could also accept a 12.7mm HMGs or even a 35mm QLZ04 automatic grenade launcher, which can fire the DFJ87 HEAT grenade capable of penetrating up to 80mm of armor. Unfortunately, the YLGA-01 has not caught the attention of neither the Chinese police force nor any export customers.
Place In War Thunder:
Automatic grenade launchers as a vehicle’s main weapon is an understandably controversial topic when it comes to their possible implementation into the game, however, it must be noted that this is largely due to one main factor: NATO 40mm HEDP isn’t all that great with only 63~mm of max pen. This lack of pen combined with a poor muzzle velocity makes many people assume that a vehicle equipped only with an automatic grenade launcher would have to be placed at an uncomfortably low BR to be effective. The YLGA-01 equipped with the QLZ04 simply would not suffer from such a BR placement thanks to it 80mm penetrating HEAT grenade. Yes, its velocity is still very low, however, 80mm of pen puts this grenade at the same level as 25mm APDS and only 12mm worse than 25mm APFSDS. Playstyle would be rather unique, however, not completely unfamiliar. The YLGA-01 would essentially like any other wheeled autocannon carrier. The main difference is the required distance from your target to actually cause damage being much MUCH smaller, almost right on top of them, essentially promoting an incredibly suicidal playstyle. That being said, once you do get within range, you will not struggle to penetrate foe you may face, with your 80mm of pen at 400rpm. You also have a set of external cameras that can be raised and lowered as necessary, potentially giving you a much better view of the battlefield and potential targets. As the YLGA-01 is a police vehicle, it has little place in the tech tree, however, it would fit in just fine as some sort of event or battlepass vehicle.
(If you want an idea of how this weapon would perform in-game, take the BMP-2M out for a test drive, switch to the grenade launcher and shoot at something. Now instead of every round just not doing anything, imagine it penetrating every time and being able to move around much faster. The Russian AG-30 and Chinese QLZ04 have nearly identical fire rates and velocities.)
Armament: 35mm QLZ04 automatic grenade launcher
Dimensions: 7.00m, 2.65m, 2.10m (L,W,H)
Armor: Proof against smaller arms fire and artillery shell splinters.
Crew: 3 (Commander, Gunner, Driver)
Ammunition: HE-FRAG, HEAT, Incendiary, Smoke
YLGA-01 equipped with 12.7mm HMG:
Type 07P Armored Personnel Carrier | MilitaryToday.com
QLZ04 | Weaponsystems.net
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