Judging from the appearance, brand-new anti-aircraft SPG is the development of "Type 90-II», made about 20 years ago. This is a tracked chassis with installed rotating turret. Armament PGZ-07 — two automatic guns caliber 35 mm. The basis of self-propelled tracked chassis is, by his own physical appearance is very reminiscent of the respective unit self-propelled howitzer PLZ-45. If this assumption is correct, one can imagine the main properties of the anti-aircraft installation. According to reports, armed with 155-mm howitzer SAU equipped with a diesel engine capacity of 500-520 horsepower. When the combat weight of 33 tons of ACS accelerates on the highway and 55 miles per hour. When driving on rough terrain SPG able to act in the same battle array with all available tanks. From these figures it is possible to draw some conclusions about the possible properties of the ZSU. In favor of the version to borrow an old chassis with a self-propelled artillery, and the estimated states ZSU latest build. Thus, from the available photographs that engine PGZ-07 located in the front right side of the armored corps. This is confirmed by the workplace of the driver shifted to the left of the axis of the machine, the drive wheels caterpillar drive in the front of the case, as the presence of flap in the feed list. After going on the last landing of the crew. Regarding reservations ACS PZL-45 and ZSU PGZ-07 disk imaging is not clear. Of course, a homogenous bulletproof protection, but do not rule out the enormous strength of the case.
Self-propelled anti-aircraft weapons mounted on a rotating turret. Tower unit complex shape is to discover two guns, apparently, is the development of a 30-mm of old times "Type 90", two radar antennas, and some block of optical equipment. It is often stated that the automatic gun ZSU PGZ-07 outside much resemble guns manufactured by the Swiss Oerlikon. In 80 years China has bought a certain number of 35-mm towed guns, then acquired a license for the establishment, under the title "Type 90". Judging from the appearance of guns "Type 90" and PGZ-07 guns, design tools has been significantly improved.
To monitor the air space ZSU PGZ-07 has a surveillance radar. Its antenna is located at the rear of the tower, in the station, it revolves around its own axis. Pointing guns at targets by means of the second radar, whose responsibility is to monitor the objective and its grip on the support. Antenna second radar located in front of the tower and is rotatable only in a vertical plane. In general, the concept of radar PGZ-07 resembles the system that is applied to the Russian anti-aircraft missile and gun systems 2K22 "Tunguska". In the development of the Russian electronic ZRPK pursued the goal of finding and tracking of targets in the home a fighting machine. More of early Russian ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" without the help of others could only fire at targets and achieved an outsider targeting. Apparently, the Chinese military and the designers had the opportunity to review the operation of another's experience, "Shylock" and by creating your own ZSU made appropriate conclusions.
In the event of the introduction of adversary electronic warfare PGZ-07 has an optical-location station, curb laser rangefinder. The presence of laser equipment they say warning signs on an armored shell station. The optical system is located in front of the tower in block target tracking radar antenna. Through this placement IRST station can swing in a vertical plane and coupled to the antenna can be co-operate with it. There is a world of a pointing hand equipment TV channel tracking.
Fighting properties ZSU PGZ-07 are not known. Approximate their value can be set on the basis of the characteristics of self-propelled anti-aircraft "Type 90-II», which had adopted a similar caliber. Rate of 35-millimeter cannon "type 90" reached 550 rounds per minute. If the initial speed of more than 1100-1150 m / s air missiles could hit targets on the slant distance of 4 km. If you have to fire ground targets, "Type 90-II» was able to peel for 12 km. In the arsenal of an old ZSU included two types of projectiles: HE-incendiary and fragmentation polubroneboyno-inflammatory.
Data on the trial test firing installations PGZ-07 China is not disclosed. Judging by the lack of missile weapons, the combat potential of this plant is unlikely to high. Available guesses as to the effective range of fire arms and composition suggests that the main purpose of the modern self-propelled anti-aircraft are helicopters and other low-speed aircraft, bound approach to the attacked object at a small distance. And in this case, the ability of ZSU not look the highest. At the same time, soon after the emergence of the first self-propelled columns photo PGZ-07 a Web hit some images Tipo refreshed version of the complex. In these photos ZSU on the edges of the tower are fasteners for anti-aircraft missiles.
The existence of a missile-armed version of PGZ-07 so far, as is often the case with the Chinese military equipment, has no formal proof. Moreover, the very picture with the self-propelled missiles raise some questions: they will probably photomontage. In the end, even if ZRPK exist, their number is still small. All photos and videos, which were sealed for more than one self-propelled gun show purely options PGZ-07.
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