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PLA fields new generation of heavy trucks

31st July 2020 - 16:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is now fielding a new family of 6x6 and 8x8 heavy trucks manufactured by the Shaanxi Automobile Group.

The platform is described as a third-generation vehicle (some sources label it the HMV3), and Shaanxi won the contract to develop this new type in 2017. The first prototypes were evaluated by Chinese troops in 2018, and it was subsequently formally accepted for service last year.

They bear a passing resemblance to the Oshkosh-built HEMTT used by the US military. The Chinese trucks feature a 6x6 or 8x8 modular semi-rigid chassis, and employ an independent suspension and

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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