The PLA has recently deployed a new airborne infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) capable of air dropping using multiple parachutes. Latest Internet photos suggest that the vehicle, reportedly designated ZLC2000, has been in service with the PLA airborne forces for few years. The deployment of the vehicle significantly increases the firepower and combat capacity of the PLA airborne forces.
China obtained the Russian 9K116 Bastion (NATO codename: AT-10 Stabber) 100mm laser beam riding, gun-fired anti-tank guided missile technology and its fire control system in the late 1990s. The missile can be launched from the 100mm smoothbore tank/anti-tank gun, with a maximum range of 5km. The missile has a 80% probability of hit at 4000 meters. Armor penetration is 550-600 mm of RHA, and the projectile has an effective envelope of 100 to 5000 meters.
China has also developed the 105mm version of the Bastion using Russian technology. The missile has a maximum range of 4,000~5,000m and a single hit probability (against static targets) of over 90%. As well as being used for anti-armour warfare, the missile can also be used to attack low-flying air targets such as helicopters. The missile arms the highly modified Type 59D tank which began entering several units in the last few years.
The 100/105mm gun-launched missile can be used to arm a range of combat vehicles which entered service with the PLA recently, including the heavily modified Type 59D main battle tank, Type 63A amphibious tank, the new 105mm wheeled assault tank destroyer, as well as the next generation infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) currently under development.
The ammunition consists of the missile and a propellant sleeve which fits over the rear end of the missile. As a result, the complete 100/105mm gun-launched missile resembles a normal round of 100mm ammunition. The missile has two sets of pop-out fins, a rear set for stability and a front set for steering.