ZPZ02 (30 mm)
The ZPZ02 (Chinese: ZPZ02式30毫米机炮) is currently the designated caliber for PLAGF/PLANMC's IFVs that are equipped with 30 mm autocannon, which is based on the 2A72 imported alongside with the BMP-3 turret system. The standalone version with only the 30 mm autocannon is named ZPT99 and has been used since the early 2000s; although sharing mostly identical performance to Russian counterpart, Chinese developed both APDS and APFSDS for the gun, further boosting its combat capability.
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Comparison with analogues
2A72- its technological ancestor, sharing mostly identical performance while ZPZ02 has APDS/APFSDS at its disposal.
2A42- the heavier 30 mm autocannon used by BMP-2 and Mi-28; has access to more powerful APFSDS at over 100 mm penetration.
Usage in battles
Currently, the gun is only deployed on QN506 fire support vehicle; as part of its weaponry system, although there are dozens of missiles onboard, the gun is a good option to take down light vehicles thanks to its rate of fire; thanks to the APDS/APFSDS as researchable, they they can tear down MBTs from their sides - in most cases, the penetration is more than enough to take them down right with a few bursts aside from Israeli MBTs with relatively thick side armor.
But one thing is certain for ZPZ02: the turrets that housed this autocannon, especially ZPT99 turret system, cannot survive from even HMG fire due to its lightweight design. So be careful where to deploy the carrier vehicle itself and hide from enemy gunfire as soon as they have spotted the vehicle- the turret is very unlikely survive a direct hit from any cannon shells.
Pros and cons
- Sufficiently fast traverse speed
- Equipped with both APDS/APFSDS that are lack on Russian counterparts
- Relatively slow rate of fire
- The turret system is rather unprotected and prone to critical damages
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