BEIJING (Agencies): Northern Theatre Command (NTC) of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has inducted several ground force components including ZBL-09 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), ZSL-10 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), and ZTL-11 fire support vehicles (FSVs).
A video clip of the equipment-deploying exercise released by state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) confirms the delivery of at least 34 armoured vehicles in the 203rd Medium Combined Arms Brigade of PLA’s 80th Group Army.
The delivery comprises 18 ZBL-09 IFVs, six ZTL-11 FSVs, four ZSL-10 APCs, four ZBL-09 communication platforms (CPs), and two ZBL-09 bridging platforms (BPs).
According to Janes Land Warfare Platforms: Armoured Fighting Vehicles, the ZBL-09 is China North Industries Group Corporation’s (Norinco’s) 8×8 family of IFVs designed to provide the PLA with a modern and capable vehicle to replace ZSL-92 armoured fighting vehicles in service.

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