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It makes sense to me. If you want to field light weapons on a tracked vehicle with decent tactical mobility and resistance to arty splinters and small arms fire, repurposing a T-54 or T-55 is an inexpensive option. There are a lot of spare vehicles without much use and you get a lot of horsepower for not a lot of money.

 

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The small missiles are are 'QN-201 miniature guided missile'

'QN-506 is based on a turretless Type 59 tank (Chinese version of the obsolete T-54). In the QN-506 the manned turret was replaced with an unmanned rotating structure that mounts a 30mm cannon, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, launchers carrying 20 lightweight QN-201 multi-role missiles and four launchers for QN502 EO guided missiles or loitering weapons. The vehicle can also exchange some of the loitering weapons for drones, to extend the observation range to 10 km.'

https://defense-update.com/20181107_missiles_at_airshowchina2018.html

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It makes sense to me. If you want to field light weapons on a tracked vehicle with decent tactical mobility and resistance to arty splinters and small arms fire, repurposing a T-54 or T-55 is an inexpensive option. There are a lot of spare vehicles without much use and you get a lot of horsepower for not a lot of money.

Yes. Unit cost is going to be not more than western IFV with much less firepower and worse protection. And China hardly has to worry about the logistics and crew requirements created by fielding less that top tier stuff.

 

The counterpoint is 'why not do it properly' and get something that can shrug off ATGM from the front and RPG from the side. But this is probably too difficult given the base vehicle.

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