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This page is devoted to terms used by the military of the People's Republic of China. It includes abbreviation and translations of common and rarely used terms. The PRC has undergone multiple reforms so the terms may not be accurate to the time frame you are researching.

Terms

Chinese
Hanzis
Latin
Full
Latin
Short
English
Equivalent
Meaning
CXB ?
CXD ?
CXJ ?
Dàn Bùqiāng Dàxíng DPD Grapeshot?
Dàn Bùqiāng Pŭtòng DBP Rifle cartridge
Dàn Bùqiāng Shuǐxià DBS Underwater cartridge
Dīshēng ?? DCV ?
DFB ?
DFC
DFD
DFJ
DFN
Dàn ? Ránshāo DFR
Dàn ? Shāshāng liúdàn DFS
DTB HESH?
DTC APFSDS
DTW APFSDS early
DTX ?
Dàn Zhòng ? DZL ?
Fāshèqì (Fánghuà) Huǒjiàn Jiānkáng FHJ
Fēi Nǔ liù hào FN
GBL Minelayer engineering vehicle
GJT Bulldozer engineering vehicle
GLC ?
GSL Minesweeping engineering vehicle
Hóng Jiàn HJ
Hóngyīng wǔ hào HN
Hóng Qí HQ
Hóng Yīng liù hào HY
PCZ Ammunition carrier?
PGZ Self-propelled anti-aircraft
PHL ?
PHZ Tracked rocket artillery
PLL Self-propelled mortar
PLZ Self-propelled howitzer
PTL ?
PTZ Tank destroyer?
Qīngwuqi Bùqiāng-Bānyòng QBB Light machine gun
Qīāng Bù (Bùqiāng) Shuǐxià QBS Underwater firearm
Qīāng Bù (Bùqiāng) Sǎndàn QBS Battle shotgun
Qīāng Bù (Bùqiāng) jŪji QBU Sniper rifle
Qīngwuqi Bùqiāng-Zìdòng QBZ Assault rifle
Qiāng Chōngfēng QC Submachine gun
Qiāng Chōngfēng Qingxíng QCQ Submachine gun
Qiāng Chōngfēng Wēishēng QCW Suppressed submachine gun
Qīngwuqi Jīqiāng Chēzài QJC Vehicle LMG
Qiāng Jī (Jīqiāng) Gāoshè QJG Anti-aircraft MG
Qiāng Jī (Jīqiāng) tōngYòng QJY General purpose machine gun
Qiāng Jī (Jīqiāng) Zhòng QJZ Heavy machine gun
Qīngwuqi Liúdàn Banzidòng QLB Semi automatic grenade launcher?
Qīngwuqi Liúdàn Guà (Qiang Liúdàn Guà) QLG Light rifle grenade launcher
QLL Light grenade launcher
Qīngwuqi Liúdàn jŪji QLU Long-range grenade launcher
Qīngwuqi Liúdàn Zidòng QLZ Light automatic grenade launcher
Qīngbīngqì qiāngcì Liǎngyòng QNL Bayonet
Qiāng Shǒu (Shǒuqiāng) Bǐshǒu QSB Shooting Bayonet (?)
Qiāng Shǒu (Shǒuqiāng) Wēishēng QSW Suppressed pistol.
Qiāng Shǒu (Shǒuqiāng) Zìdòng (Zu) QSZ Standard pistol, with no suppressor.
Qián Wèi QW
战步兵履带 zhàn bùbīng lǚdài ZBD Wheeled IFV
战步兵轮 zhàn bùbīng lún ZBL Wheeled IFV
ZCL ?
ZDF Guided missile carrier
ZFB Infantry mobility vehicle?
ZHB Supply vehicle?
ZJX Repair vehicle?
ZLL ?
ZPL Smoothbore cannon?
装甲输送履带 zhuāngjiǎ shūsòng lǚdài ZSD Armoured, Transport, Tracked Tracked APC
装甲输送轮 zhuāngjiǎ shūsòng lún ZSL Armoured, Transport, Wheeled Wheeled APC
ZSY ?
ZTD ?
ZTL Assault vehicle?
主坦轻型 zhǔ tǎnkè qīngxíng ZTQ Light or reconnaissance tank.
ZTS Amphibious tank.
主坦克戰 zhǔ tǎnkè zhàn ZTZ Main, Tank?, Standard? Main battle tank.
ZZC ?
ZZZ Command tank.
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