Chinese prototype of 12x12 missile carrier on hybrid powertrain


Published footage has unveiled the testing of a new multi-purpose 12x12 heavy chassis HTF5700HEV with a hybrid powerplant manufactured by Sanjiang Wanshan Special Vehicles Co., part of the 4th Academy of the Chinese rocket and space concern CASIC. The 4th CASIC Academy has its main specialization in the production of solid-propellant medium and short-range ballistic missile systems.
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CASIC 12x12 hybrid heavy chassis HTF5700HEV (Picture source: screeshot of CCVTV)


A hybrid gasoline-electric powered heavy load transporter is being tested in China by CASIC in view of serial production vehicles designed to carry new Chinese solid-fuelled, road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. So far, no additional tecgnical information is available. China is widely known to be a leading country in the field of electric vehicles, hence an easily understandable research project on hybrid motorization for a « glutton » type of military vehicle. However, as the fuel used is labelled "gasoline" and not "diesel", there is something intriguing It would be interesting to know what parameters have been defined to justify the military interest in a hybrid vehicle as missile carrier.


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CASIC 12x12 hybrid heavy chassis HTF5700HEV (Picture source: screeshot of CCVTV)


Russia also unveiled a 16x16 intercontinental missile carrier at Army 2018 defense forum but the powerplant is a classic diesel engine.


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16x16 chassis of missile carrier (all-wheel-drive and all-wheel-directional) unveiled at Army 2018 defense forum (Picture source: Army Recognition)


 

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