ZBD04 with SW1 turret

Would you like to see the ZBD04 with the SW1 turret in-game?
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Hello! This is a suggestion for a very obscure modification of the ZBD04, equipping the vehicle with a new remotely controlled SW1 turret with a 30 mm ZPT-99 cannon, as well as four HJ-8 ATGMs. I think this would be a very good addition to the Chinese tree in War Thunder given its reliable autocannon and hard hitting Red Arrow / HJ-8 ATGMs. Another reason for this vehicle’s implementation is that the Chinese tree as of this post has no tech tree IFVs outside of the ZBD86. As such, I think a new IFV is overdue.

History

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The SW1 turret was first seen at the United Arab Emirates’ 2007 International Defense Exhibition. Shown under the name SW1 Red Arrow 8 Missile / 30mm Cannon Turret Weapon System by Norinco, it was offered as a new turret for light vehicles. As a demonstrator, it was mounted on the Type 89 APC, and later on the ZBD04. Since then, it is not known to have been sold to any other countries, and seems to have been limited to a couple Chinese vehicles modified with this turret for marketing to display its modularity.

A brochure for the SW1 turret.

Type 89 AFV modified with the SW1 turret.

The SW1 turret is able to be fitted to a number of IFVs and AFVs, and from 100 meters provides protection against 12.7 mm AP ammunition. The armament of the SW1 is a 30 mm ZPT-99 autocannon with a rate of fire of 350 RPM, and the main feature of the turret, four SACLOS guided HJ-8A anti-tank guided missiles, which have a maximum range of 4,000 meters. Upgraded versions of the HJ-8, like the HJ-8C and HJ-8E can also be fitted. On top of the autocannon and missiles, the vehicle also features a 7.62mm machine gun.

The autocannon is guided through a built in sight, with a laser rangefinder and thermal imaging for the gunner to help find the target and then get the gun on it. Included with the turret as well are three smoke grenade launchers on each side of the turret. Traverse is 360 degrees, with elevation angles going from -6 to +60 degrees. The turret weighs in at around 1,750 kg, and allows it to even be installed on lighter platforms like the WZ551.

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Specifications

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  • Length: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)
  • Width: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Crew: 3
  • Passengers: 7
  • Armor: Welded steel (ZBD04)
  • Main armament: 30 mm ZPT-99 (~350 rounds)
  • Secondary armament: 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun & 4x mounted HJ-8 anti-tank missiles (4x in the hull)
  • Engine: diesel 670 hp
  • Suspension: Torsion bar
  • Operational range: 500 km (310 mi)
  • Speed 65 km/h (40 mph) on road & 20 km/h (12 mph; 11 kn) on water

Sources

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Pictures

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It looks like a ZBL-08 turret mounted on a ZBD-04 chassis.

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Similar to BMP-2M, but with weaker firepower and power. If there is no APFSDS, he should be between 8.0-8.3. If there is APFSDS, he should be between 8.3-9.0.

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+1 for all Chinese IFVs!

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There is an uncanny resemblance between SW1 and SAMSON Mk.II. Would be nice addition regardless, +1.

Quick unrelated question, do you know ZBD04/VN-11’s turret’s name ? I’m talking about this one.

Some additional information about the turret
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According to the Chinese literature, there are also four missiles in the hull ammunition rack

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this will be fun

I found the promotional brochure for SW-1

This will help a lot. This confirms that it could be used on the WZ551 too, though I think the images there are edited just to show potential platforms it could be mounted on. Either way, thank you for this!

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The WZ551 might be but the ZSD85 with the SW1 turret was most certainly a real vehicle.

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This is the chassis of ZBD04, not ZBD04A, there is a big difference between the two

I really do hope we see vehicles like this soon!

which br would this sit at if the premium version is released?