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The AFT09 is a rank VI Chinese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age".

The AFT09 is a wheeled 4x4 Chinese ATGM carrier from late 1990s with up to twelve HJ-9 ATGMs onboard. It uses a shortened variation of the WZ551 chassis of the PTL02 and WMA301, but instead of a large assault gun turret, it has an unmanned ATGM launcher brandishing four missiles at a time. It invites comparison to the French MEPHISTO but is in fact far more deadly: the chassis has higher forward mobility and the HJ-9 missiles are superior to the HOT-2 in almost every respect. Thanks to the HJ-9's unrivaled penetration, sufficiently fast missile speed and good FCS, players can send even groups of the toughest enemies straight back to the hanger with a single hit each.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 10 / 8
Turret0 / 0 / 0
Crew4 people
Visibility142 %

Players of the Chinese tech tree might think that the chassis of AFT09 looks very similar to that of PTL02/WMA301- in fact this is a correct assumption as this is also a variant of the WZ551 chassis aka WZ550 with a 4x4 config; while player of VAB MEPHISTO in France will find many similarities to it. Most of the features on WZ551 are identical on both chassis other than being a 6x6 (551) / 4x4 (550) respectively, especially the overall protection. To sum up the overall protection in a few words, it would be: paper-thin. For the protection, other than the lower part of the chassis, the whole vehicle can only stop rifle-caliber bullets; anything that is larger than a M2HB is more than enough to tear down AFT09 and its 4 crews with ease even at long distance; so be extra careful on where should AFT09 appear.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 12 mm (31°) Upper
20 mm (43°) Lower
10 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
8 mm 8 mm
Turret 8 mm



Speedforward / back
AB104 / 9 km/h
RB and SB96 / 9 km/h
Number of gears9 forward
1 back
Weight13.8 t
Engine power
AB553 hp
RB and SB290 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB40.1 hp/t
RB and SB21.0 hp/t

Since AFT09 is based on the WZ551 chassis but reduced into a 4x4 instead of 6x6, WZ551 family mostly shares the same Detuz BF8L413F engine (albeit at a slightly reduced power output) and ZF 5S-111GPA transmission; this reduction in size also means that it goes faster than its other cousins (at 95 km/h)while has a slightly better but still horrible -8 km/h reverse, so make sure to plan your route to cover; the overall mobility is also good so make sure to utilize it for getting into a shooting position before the enemy does.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 104 9 13.8 412 553 29.86 40.07
Realistic 96 9 256 290 18.55 21.01

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 440 → 8 880 Sl icon.png
RB7 240 → 9 983 Sl icon.png
SB10 090 → 13 914 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications184 500 Rp icon.png
319 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training170 000 Sl icon.png
Experts590 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 160 / 190 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new wheels.png
10 000 Rp icon.png
16 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new car suspension.png
15 000 Rp icon.png
24 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
15 000 Rp icon.png
24 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
17 000 Rp icon.png
27 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
22 000 Rp icon.png
34 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
22 000 Rp icon.png
34 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
3 000 Rp icon.png
16 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
4 500 Rp icon.png
24 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement cn.png
Crew Replenishment
17 000 Rp icon.png
27 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
22 000 Rp icon.png
34 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
10 000 Rp icon.png
16 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
10 000 Rp icon.png
16 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
17 000 Rp icon.png
27 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png


Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition12 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Reload15.0 s
Fire rate60 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 10°
Fire on the moveup to 6 km/h
Main article: HJ-9

The main and the only armament on AFT09 is the HJ-9 ATGMs onboard, these 12 rounds of missiles are the 2nd generation ATGM of PLAGF from late 1990s. The missile airframe resembles the South African ZT3 Ingwe used by the ZT3A2 (a fellow wheeled ATGM carrier), but performance-wise it is much more similar to the infamous Russian 9M133 Kornet used by the BMP-2M: an incredibly potent tandem-heat warhead with 1,200 mm of penetration is more than enough to even send the infamous Rank VII T-80BVM to kingdom come, and the 500 m/s maximum flight speed is superior to the Kornet's 300 m/s. The massive post-penetration damage leads to many OHKOs and the four kilograms of explosive mass will also overpressure light vehicles if that wasn't enough. The only below-average characteristic of the HJ-9 is that the explosive mass is lower than the Kornet and other contemporary Russian ATGMs, but this doesn't make much of a difference.

Although the HJ-9 is often said to be a laser beam-riding missile, it in fact uses a SACLOS system where the laser beam is presumably used to transmit coded information to the missile. As with other SACLOS systems in War Thunder, the HJ-9 cannot be fired on the move and cannot guide multiple missiles at the same time. Beam-riders like the Kornet are more flexible in these regards. However the HJ-9 is resistant to soft-kill APS systems and can be used against opponents like the PUMA and T-90A without any issues.

HJ-9 missile Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 12 (4) ±10° ±180° Two-plane 13.2 18.3 22.2 24.5 26.1 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00
Realistic 8.9 10.5 12.8 14.1 15.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HJ-9 ATGM (tandem) 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200 1,200
Missile details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
HJ-9 ATGM (tandem) 500 5,500 29 0.4 0.01 4.03 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

rack empty
3 (+3) Yes

Note: the final 4 missiles at the internal rack clears out only when all missiles has been fired.

Usage in battles

Players of VAB MEPHISTO will soon find themselves home as AFT09 shared a very similar config of missile launcher and chassis; both vehicles are 4×4 and have a retractable launcher with 4 missiles. The HJ-9 is much deadlier than the HOT-2 however, with twice the flight speed, 25% greater raw penetration, and a tandem warhead, allowing players to be more aggressive. The AFT09 shares a similar chassis with the PTL02, but thanks to its relatively lighter weight, it has a higher top speed than the latter and a slightly faster reverse speed; although this might not sound like much for such a lightly-protected vehicle, the mobility is enough to take advantageous positions before most enemies can. Be ready to counter enemy assaults or retreat as soon as the tides have turned, as the AFT09 takes a while to reload and has a poor reverse speed. Do remember that the overall protection of it is only rated for rifle-caliber bullets, anything larger is like a hot knife through butter, therefore cover and stealth are the most essential element to ensure the overall survival of the vehicle. Be especially careful of vehicles with top-attack missiles such as the M3A3 Bradley because they can very easily destroy the AFT09 behind cover. The number of smoke grenades on the vehicle might be low, but it is still enough for a retreat or two.

AFT09 has a trump card in hand- its HJ-9 missiles. At its current tier, there is practically no vehicle that can stop its 1,200 mm penetration missile that flies at 500 m/s, this also ensures its capability even at the top tier as HJ-9 can even penetrate some of the most infamous MBTs in-game with ease. Fitted with ±10° vertical limits and a 1st generation TVD, this also ensures players can find targets at a faster rate and deliver the fatal blow to enemies; alternatively, its 5.5 km range is also threatening to hovering helicopters since most missiles at this tier can barely fly 4 km, a precise hit on them will very likely knock them out right away if they are unaware of such a huge missile. Unlike the Shturm-S or BMP-2M, the AFT09 does not have a proximity-fused HE missile available, so hitting attentive targets is difficult.

The large profile of the AFT09 is a double-edged sword. It is not difficult to spot the boxy wheeled APC chassis and the turret itself is very tall, which is a problem when moving between positions on the battlefield. A SPAA or IFV could easily turn the AFT09 into Swiss cheese with a quick burst. However, the height of the turret and the decent gun depression (-10 degrees is better than any other PRC vehicle) makes it possible to hide in hull-down positions behind hills and low cover while only exposing the unmanned turret, allowing the AFT09 to unleash its incredible offensive power without risking the crew. On large and open maps, an entrenched AFT09 can lock down an entire flank. This is not a risk-free strategy because incoming fire can detonate the loaded ATGMs and a single TOW-2B can end the party, so it is best to not stay in a fixed position for long and orient the hull to drive away quickly at a moment's notice.

Pros and cons


  • Extremely high 1,200 mm penetration, enough to finish off any tank even at high tier (e.g. T-72A, Leopard 2A4, M1A1)
  • ATGMs have fast flight speed
  • Thermal gunsight with high zoom (3x-12x) allows efficient targeting in all weathers
  • -10° gun depression makes hull-down a viable tactic


  • Horrible -8 km/h reverse speed, fatal for a wheeled light vehicle
  • Sluggish mobility on soft surface
  • Can only fire when stationary which is dangerous in a sudden encounter
  • Thin armour all around, can get penetrated by machine guns and shrapnel easily


As the development of the previous generation ATGM has settled (HJ-73) and earlier HJ-8 were proved ineffective against the latest MBTs from both USSR and NATO, PLAGF was in dire for a new heavy ATGM with new guidance system as well as sporting their latest FCS. The new missile started its pre-development theorization in early 1980s and officially started its development in 1988, the result was the HJ-9 that has been finalized in 1995; the new missile was first shown in the 50th and 60th National Day Parade as the vehicles G phalanx and 14th phalanx respectively on a WZ550 chassis with different camouflage designs. In NORINCO catalogues, they also displayed a tripod variant as a standalone weapon system or onboard a open-top Iveco truck as its main weapon; the only export customer, Rwanda opted for an APC with a HJ-9A launcher on top instead.


Being based on a shortened version of the Chinese ZSL92 APC, the HJ-9 features excellent mobility, typical for most wheeled vehicles regardless of rank. Specifically, the HJ-9 can reach an excellent top speed of 95 km/h on paved roads thanks to its 290 horsepower diesel engine. On the other hand, the vehicle's comparably low combat weight and the resulting high power-to-weight ratio enable it to cross even rougher terrain with relative ease - just be wary of boggy areas and deep snow as these considerably hamper the mobility of wheeled vehicles in general.

In most cases, wheeled vehicles don't feature heavy duty protection so as to not hamper their mobility. This principle also applies to the HJ-9. Engineers only equipped the HJ-9 with steel armor up to 12 mm in thickness as well as bulletproof glass for the windows. Needless to say, this makes the HJ-9 highly susceptible to everything but small arms fire and shrapnel. Aircraft in particular may prioritize the HJ-9 over other targets due to its poor protection and lack of a defensive roof-mounted machine gun. As a result, commanders are best advised to make the most use out of the HJ-9's excellent mobility and constantly change position after each engagement to ensure they remain an elusive target on the battlefield.



See also

  • MEPHISTO - A very similar missile carrier from France

External links

China North Industries Corporation (中国兵器工业集团有限公司)
Light Tanks/IFV  ZBD86
Type 62  ▂Type 62* · Type 62*
Type 63  Type 63-I* · ZTS63*
Main Battle Tanks 
WZ120  Type 59* · ZTZ59A* · ZTZ59D1
WZ121  Type 69* · Type 69-IIa* · T-69 II G**
WZ122  ZTZ88A · ZTZ96 · ZTZ96A · ZTZ96A (P)
WZ123  ZTZ99-II · ZTZ99-III
WZ1001  WZ1001(E) LCT · ZTZ99A
Tank Destroyers  AFT09 · PTL02 · WMA301** · PTZ89 · ZLT11
SPAA  ZSD63/PG87* · WZ305* · PGZ09 · PGZ04A
  *Previously Fifth Ministry of Machine Building vehicles
  **Export vehicles

China tank destroyers
PLA  PTZ89 · AFT09
USA  ␗M8 HMC · LVT(A)(4) (ZiS-2) · ␗M10 GMC · ␗M36 GMC · ␗M113A1 (TOW)
USSR  ␗SU-76M · ␗ISU-152 · ␗ISU-122 · ␗SU-100