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PLA fields new armoured recovery vehicle based on ZTQ-15 tank

1st June 2022 - 02:09 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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A new armoured recovery vehicle recovers a Type 15 tank on a high-altitude plateau in Xinjiang. (PLA)

China's army has introduced a new ARV to service units equipped with ZTQ-15 light tanks.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed a new type of armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) in the Xinjiang Military District.

The vehicle is based on the chassis of the Type 15/ZTQ-15 light tank, offering advantages in terms of logistics commonality. To better suit it for operations at high altitudes, the ARV is fitted with a twin turbocharger.

The PLA shared video footage of the vehicle during an exercise by a combined arms regiment on the Karakorum plateau at an altitude of 5,300m.

The ARV was seen recovering a simulated broken-down ZTQ-15 tank and Type 86A IFV.

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