WS2500

Summary

The WS2500 is a 20-ton 10x8 or 10x10 special heavy duty truck used by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. It is one of the principal mobility platforms in mounting China's medium-range ballistic missiles and other conventional missile assets.

WS2500
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WS2500 with DF-16
Type8×8 heavy strategic truck/transporter erector launcher
Place of originChina
Service history
Used byPLA Rocket Force
Production history
DesignerWanshan Special Vehicle
ManufacturerWanshan Special Vehicle
Specifications
Mass20 t (empty)
Length15.5m
Width3.05m
Height2.97m
Crew1+7

EngineDeutz diesel
517 hp (386 kW)
Payload capacity23-25 tons
Operational
range
650 km (404 mi) loaded
Maximum speed 75 km/h (47 mph)

It is a general purpose heavy duty truck/transported developed from the original WS2400 and is built by Wanshan Special Vehicle.

DescriptionEdit

As a more developed variant of the WS2400, the WS2500 was introduced in 2000 [1] and is capable of mounting more advance and sophisticated MRBMs such as the DF-16s, rather than the much older DF-11 SRBM system. Due to the much larger missile payload - 1,000–1,500 kg more than previous models - the WS2500 is generally much larger and heavier than the older WS2400, in order to better accommodate a stable platform for the DF-16.

On the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, a heavily modified variant of the WS2500 was seen carrying the DF-17 ballistic missile, armed with the DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle.[2]

The much larger WS2600 carries the larger DF-21C MRBMs.

VariantsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.military-today.com/trucks/wanshan_ws2400.htm
  2. ^ http://www.military-today.com/missiles/df_17.htm
  • WS2400 Truck