By on December 28, 2011

Christmas is over so we go back to war. This is the newest kill-machine of the Chinese army. It is a 4×4 armored vehicle based on the Dongfeng EQ2050 (thank you America!). The new car seems designed as a hit-and-run fast attack vehicle with a big turret on the roof for a big fat machine gun or rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Battle stations. The power is designed in Columbus, Indiana, made in Xiangfan, China: A Cummins V8 diesel made by the Dongfeng-Cummins joint venture. Engines from the same company power many Chinese army vehicles including IFV’s and light tanks. Note the steel bars to support the turret.

The man indicates where the gun will be. It is a huge vehicle, the man is likely around 1.80 m.  The armor doesn’t seem very thick, see door, probably done deliberately to keep it light so it can go airborne.

On your doorsteps soon? Don’t worry, it’s an ABC, an American Born Chinese.

Dutchman Tycho de Feyter runs Carnewschina, a blog about cars in China, from Beijing, China. He also collects die-cast models of Chinese cars.

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11 Comments on “In This Chinese Killing Machine Beats An American Heart...”


  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    The Cummins chinese connection is nothing new. 25 years ago, as I worked for Cummins, we developed, from the same base engine, the 6BT5.9, the Dodge Ram Turbo and a related version for the First (or was it Second, I forget) Auto Works cargo truck made in China (itself appearing to be a copy of a 1950’s or 60’s russian truck.) Of course, in those days, those engines hardly functioned in China due to the terrible fuel plugging the filters, pumps and injectors. Indeed, normally clear, honey-brown fuel, was found to be black, thick, and contaminated with gravel and organic debris like sticks; our guess being that spilled fuel was retrieved from the ground and put into the tank with a shovel….

    The Chinese have come a long way, and are approaching the West, closing the technology gap, and other gaps, faster than the West can innovate.

    With all the massive overseas transfer of know-how and wealth accumulated by the US during the American Century, for the purchase of Chinese products and crude oil, I sometimes wonder how long it will take before the folks in Columbus, IN, or MainStreet USA, will be forced to fill their tanks with shovels.

  • avatar
    colin42

    The Cummins V8 is not made in China but will be built in Columbus if they every get a company to buy it. From wiki it sounds like they use a version of the ISB 5.9 or 6.7 for

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    What no “Cummins” badge on the front fenders? :P

  • avatar
    forraymond

    Keep voting for free-traders and we will soon have nothing to trade – except our Freedom.

  • avatar
    obbop

    Mobile, agile and hostile.

    Float akin to a butterfly; sting like a bee.

    Vote for me and I will set you free.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    As a Soldier, I hope that they build many of these in case we ever go to war with them. I think the one lesson the Army may have learned in the last 10 years of war is that a flat bottom on a combat vehicle is a bad idea. IEDs would decimate an army deploying this vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      tekdemon

      Wow you must have very little faith in the US if you think a war with China would get down to us having to use IEDs since that would basically mean that we had gotten invaded and already lost a conventional war. In reality though the US and China can’t ever go to war directly at this point for the same reason that the US never directly went to war with the Soviet Union, any all out war would be a nuclear holocaust. The only wars we’ll ever fight with China will likely be proxy wars and frankly Vietnam was the last example and that didn’t go well for either the US (embarrassing withdrawal) or China (Vietcong turning on them).
      At any rate it’s not like China actually uses these vehicles for any war so it hardly matters how useless or useful they are. Pretty sure the stuff they build is mostly to show off to the populace for nationalist pride reasons.

      • 0 avatar

        Or, of course, to shoot at the populace.

      • 0 avatar
        mkirk

        IED’s are part of our tactics the same as everyone else’s. We call it “Field Expedient Demolitions”. Combat Engineers are trained in constructing many different devices that would be classed as “IEDs”. I think anything in our arsenal short of good ol’ 5.56 nato would cut through this thing like butter.

        But yes, we would be crazy to ever invade China (The population poses real problems…I only carry 210 rounds) and I seriously doubt they have the expeditionary capability to support an invasion of the US.

  • avatar
    jeffzekas

    I was watching a Military Channel show on WW2 and the German Waffen SS… what struck we was this: although the Germans had a superior tank, the Tiger, due to its complexity, they could only build 1,000 of them, whereas the Russians built FIFTY THOUSAND T-38 tanks, allowing the Russkies to overwhelm the technically superior German armor… I say this, cos folks are always saying, “The US has superior technology” to the Chinese… meanwhile, the “inferior”, low tech weapons the Chinese use outnumber us by at least 100 to one…


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