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Chinese Humvee Clone Assault Vehicles Leave Soldiers Unprotected

We’re not sure how many of you knew about the existence of the Dongfeng EQ2025, the Chinese Humvee clone. Nonetheless, you probably expected this to exist, but you know how the Chinese are, always ready to improve on the designs they... borrow.
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Thus, the recent 2014 Zhuhai Airshow saw the Chinese automaker display two combat vehicles based on the EQ2025. The first is called Dongfeng EQ2050 and can be filed under “6x6 armored fighting vehicle” or AFV, as Carnewschina writes.

This behemoth was conceived for long-range missions, packing a pair of 80-liter fuel tanks. Measuring 6.2 meters in length, the war machine tips the scales at 5.5 tons. As for the power, this comes from a four-liter Cummins V8 diesel, which delivers 150 hp and 502 Nm (370 lb-ft) of torque. The oomph is enough to propel the AFV to a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph).

While the Dongfeng EQ2050 can carry up to 14 soldiers and, by the way, also has a short-wheelbase 4x4 civilian version that skips the armor and the weapons. However, this is currently in the concept phase. Speaking of this, the 6x6 was stripped of its firepower for the event.The CSK002 Airborne Assault Vehicle
Having covered the ground assault, we’ll move on to the Dongfeng CSK002 Airborne Assault Vehicle (that’s AAV for those in the business). This is a vehicle with a smaller crew and trust us, you wouldn’t want to be the shooter. That’s because while the rest of the windows are bulletproof, that of the man who operates the front-mounted 30 mm machine gun is folded.

Other weaponry includes quadruple smoke grenade launchers, while the secondary hardware is a 12.7 mm machine gun - they all sit on the roof. Once again the protection seems poor, as this is operated by a soldier who has to exit through the roof.

Why are we not surprised about the fact that the Chinese military don’t appear to invest too much in protecting their troopers...


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