China Military reported that PLL-09 (Type 09) Modular Self-propelled Howitzer system attached to an artillery detachment with the Marine Corps under the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) fire high explosive shells at mock targets during a live-fire training exercise on June 11, 2021. PLL-09 (Type 09) is based on the Type 08 wheeled armored vehicle family and armed with 122 mm or 155 mm howitzer, to provide indirect fire support for infantry.
The Type 08 is a family of eight-wheeled amphibious, modular armored vehicle developed by Norinco for infantry fire support, battlefield logistics and quick reaction operations. It is a recent People’s Republic of China produced Infantry fighting vehicle for People’s Liberation Army Ground Force and People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps. ZBL-08 is the designation for Infantry Fighting variant in the Type 08 vehicle family.
The modular design claims to be able to field variety of different models including ZSL-10 (Type 10) Armoured Personal Carrier, Type 08 Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle, Type 08 Artillery Reconnaissance Vehicle, Type 08 Electro-Optical Reconnaissance Vehicle, Type 08 Command Vehicle, Type 08 Ambulance PLL-05 Mortar Carrier, PLL-09 (Type 09) Modular Self-propelled Howitzer system, ZTL-11 (Type 11) Assault Gun, PGL-12 (Type 12) Anti-Air Gun-Missile System and much more.