To meet potential customer requirements for an armored vehicle with a high level of ballistic and mine protection, China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has developed the 6x6 VN2C mine-resistant vehicle.
The VN2C bears a physical resemblance to the company's widely deployed 6x6 WMZ-551 armored personnel carrier (APC), which is still being marketed in a wide range of configurations and weapons.
The baseline VN2C is fitted with a one-person turret armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun (MG) and a 7.62 mm co-axial MG provided with 500 rds and 1,000 rds of ammunition respectively.
The turret is also equipped with eight electrically operated grenade launchers in a four by two arrangement. Other turrets can also be accommodated if desired.
The crew consists of the commander, driver, gunner, and eight dismounts who can rapidly enter and leave via a large power-operated ramp in the hull rear.
The rear troop compartment is provided with bullet/splinter-proof vision blocks and associated firing ports to enable some of the dismounts to fire their weapons from within the vehicle.
The VN2C has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 19 tonnes and is powered by a diesel engine developing 402 hp (300 kW), which provides a power-to-weight ratio of 21.15 hp/tonne.
The diesel powerpack is located to the rear of the driver's and commander's position at the front of the hull and includes the transmission and cooling system. According to NORINCO, the powerpack can be rapidly removed as a complete unit.
Maximum road speed is being quoted as 100 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 32 km/h in 13 seconds and an operating range of up to 800 km.
The baseline all-welded steel hull is fitted with an applique armor package to STANAG 4569 Level 3 standard. A V-shaped hull bottom with a higher ground clearance provides a greater level of protection against mines and Improvised Explosive Devices - IED.