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ZBD-5 Amphibious Inflatable - Inflatable Dummy Tank

Introducing the ZBD-5 Amphibious Inflatable - your key to realistic military training with an inflatable dummy tank. Our innovative training solution is designed to meet the demands of modern military exercises, offering an unparalleled level of realism and adaptability.

Elevate your military training exercises with the i2k ZBD-5 Amphibious Inflatable - the ultimate inflatable dummy tank for your training needs. Whether you're conducting land-based drills, waterborne maneuvers, or complex combined exercises, our inflatable dummy tank offers the realism and flexibility you need.

Description of the ZBD-5 Amphibious

  • Material commercial spec material such as PVC.
  • Continuos air source is required (110 v inflation blower)
  • 1:1 scale or 100% of threat vehicle size.
  • Weather resistant
  • Thermal stability from 20 degrees to + 50 degrees.
  • Rapidly deployable and reconfigurable.
  • Operational set-up time no longer than thirty (30) minutes. 

Color reference

  • Parade Bejing 2006.

  • Marine digital camouflage

  • Marine camouflage

  • Inland digital camouflage.

  • Army camouflage

Packing List

  • (1) 1.5 HP Blower
  • (1) Engone Thermal Blanket
  • (2) Tank Track Thermal Blankets
  • (8) 18" Ground Stakes Storage bag Repair Kit


  • 3D printed guns and accesories 
  • Portable generator (gasoline or diesel)
  • Gasoline-powered inflation blowers 
  • Collapsible Bulk Container w/lid
  • Netting

Advantages of the ZBD-5 Amphibious Tank Inflatable Decoy

  • Strategic Positioning: Strategically position the inflatable decoy in key areas to create the illusion of a larger armored presence. Consider terrain, enemy lines of sight, and camouflage to make it appear as realistic as possible.
  • Dynamic Deployment: Regularly move the inflatable decoy to different locations to simulate changing tactical situations. This helps mislead the enemy and make it challenging for them to determine the actual position of your armored units.
  • Combined Deception: Integrate the inflatable decoy with other deception tactics, such as dummy artillery positions, false radio transmissions, and electronic warfare, to enhance the overall deception strategy.
  • Concealment Measures: Use natural and artificial covers to conceal the inflatable decoy during periods of observation or aerial reconnaissance to prevent enemy detection of the ruse.
  • Confidentiality: Keep the deployment of inflatable decoys and the existence of this deceptive tactic confidential to maintain its effectiveness and surprise the enemy.


  1. The Inflatable Target/Decoy may weigh over more than 200-600lbs. (depending on the model), so caution should be exercised when moving/inflating/loading/unloading and handling the equipment. Always use heavy-duty dolly with steel fenders such as Monster Mover to move your Target/Decoy and staff should always wear back support belt.
  2. Be sure the area that you will be setting up your Target/Decoy is free of all debris including any rocks or sharp objects. Grass or hard ground is fine for set up if there are no rocks, debris, or sharp objects.
  3. You may opt to lay out a ground tarp to protect the Target/Decoy, but not necessary.
  4. The inflated Target/Decoy requires clearance from adjacent obstacles is a minimum 5’ (1.5m) around and above the perimeter of the Target/Decoy with an additional 15’ (4.5m) clearance from utility lines.
  5. Unroll the Target/Decoy and lay flat in the desired direction/orientation.
  6. Tie off any unused blower tubes and be sure that all zippers/flaps are closed.
  7. The Target/Decoy is to be anchored by a minimum (6)18" x 12” ground stakes at 85% depth. Anchoring should be applied at a 90 degrees angle (i.e., perpendicular)
  8. If anchoring on a hard surface such as asphalt or cement, a minimum of 80lb sand or water bags should be required per anchor location. Aircrafts can be anchored to tie-down rings.
  9. Connect inflation blower to the air tube using strap attached and close off the additional air tubes by twisting the tube several times and fold it over and secure snugly with attached strap.
  10. Now you can install your heat signature radiant blankets (if it wasn’t installed from the factory). Locate the velcro flaps to attach the thermal blanket(s). (Note: tanks will have thermal blankets in the engine compartment and both tracks. Other vehicles will have thermal blankets in the engine compartment and generators.
  11. Plug your inflation blower(s) into the closest properly grounded (GFCI) 110v or 220v (depending on your power source/Country) outlet or gasoline/diesel generator.


Q: How long does it take to inflate the decoy?

A: Unrolling, inflating the decoy and inserting the PVC cannon tube typically takes around 20-30 minutes.

Q: Does the inflatable decoy require a power source?

A: Yes, the inflatable decoy needs to be inflated using 110v or 230v inflation blowers.

Q: Does the inflatable decoy require a constant power source?

A: Yes, the tank is a "constant-air" inflatable decoy that must always remain inflated with 110v or 230v blowers. (Note: Ask about new developments with a new proprietary version of a "sealed-air" model.)

Q: How long does it stay inflated?

A: The decoy can stay inflated for several days, weeks, or even months, depending on weather conditions and usage. The sealed-air version may require a top-off of air every week to maintain full inflation.

Q: What materials are used to make the decoy, and how durable is it?

A: The decoy is made of durable, lightweight PVC-coated nylon with UV inhibitors, designed to withstand rough handling and extreme weather conditions.

Q: Can the decoy be customized to match specific variations?

A: Yes, the decoy can be customized with specific colors, textures, and the option to add camouflage netting.

Q: How much does the decoy weigh, and how easy is it to transport?

A: The weight of the deflated decoy varies depending on the size and configuration, ranging from approximately 200lbs to 275lbs.(90/kg-125/kg). It can be handled by 2 crew members and transported in a standard pickup truck or a small trailer.

Q: Can the decoy be reused or is it a one-time use item?

A: The decoy is designed for long-term use and can be utilized multiple times for over 5+ years with proper care.

Q: Is the decoy suitable for use in all weather conditions?

A: Yes, the decoy is suitable for most weather conditions, although extreme conditions such as heavy snow may impact its performance.

Q: How do you move or transport the inflatable decoy?

A: A standard inflatable tank decoy is packed in a heavy-duty storage bag and can be unloaded by 2 crew members from a pickup truck or small trailer. If the tank is packed in the optional collapsible container, it will require more crew members or a forklift or small crane to unload.

Q: Can the decoy be packed up wet?

A: The decoy can be packed while wet, but it is recommended to unroll and inflate it for complete drying before long-term storage. Proper maintenance and protection from moisture are essential to prevent mold, mildew, and rotting.

Q: Can the decoy be used for non-military purposes?

A: While primarily designed for military use, the decoy can also be employed for training exercises, movie productions, and even advertising purposes with 1/2 scale models available upon request.

Q: What is the cost of the decoy and where can it be purchased?

A: The cost of the decoy varies depending on the size and configuration and can be purchased directly from i2k or authorized international partners.

The Vital Role of the ZBD-05 Amphibious Tank in Chinese Naval Operations 

The ZBD-05 Amphibious Tank holds great importance as an amphibious infantry fighting vehicle designed for the People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLAMC) in China. It enables the PLAMC to conduct operations both on land and in water, providing essential infantry support with its ability to carry up to ten fully equipped marines. With a design concept similar to the proven Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) used by the US Marine Corps, the ZBD-05 offers versatility and enhanced firepower with its 30mm cannon turret. Its deployment from naval vessels enhances China's naval operations, making it a valuable asset for a range of combat scenarios.

Advantages of the ZBD-5 AmphibiousTank

  • Amphibious Capability: The ZBD-05 is designed to operate on both land and water, giving it the ability to conduct amphibious operations and deploy from naval vessels. This enhances its versatility and effectiveness in various terrains and scenarios.
  • Infantry Support: As an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the ZBD-05 provides critical support to ground troops. It can carry up to ten fully equipped marines, allowing them to be rapidly transported to the battlefield while being protected by the tank's armor.
  • Versatility: The ZBD-05's design concept and features make it a versatile asset on the battlefield. It can adapt to different mission requirements and work in tandem with other armored units, providing a well-rounded combat force.
  • Enhanced Firepower: Equipped with a 30mm cannon turret, the ZBD-05 possesses significant firepower. This enables it to engage enemy infantry and light armored targets effectively, increasing its combat capabilities.
  • Naval Operations Support: The ZBD-05's deployment from naval vessels strengthens China's naval operations. It allows for amphibious assaults and increases the People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps' operational reach and effectiveness.


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ZBD-5 Amphibious Inflatable Dummy Tank

Introducing the ZBD-5 Amphibious Inflatable Dummy Tank, a game-changing innovation in tactical deception and military strategy. Crafted to look and act just like a genuine armored vehicle, this inflatable dummy tank is built to trick and confuse enemy forces with incredible realism.

Leading the Way in Tactical Deception

The ZBD-5 is crafted to closely resemble genuine armored units, ensuring an incredible appearance. Its inflatable design allows for rapid deployment and is effortless making it an invaluable asset for military operations requiring swift and stealthy deception tactics.


The ZBD-5 is designed to be versatile and capable of being deployed in various tactical situations such as reconnaissance, defensive posturing, and offensive maneuvers. Its amphibious nature allows it to operate effectively across different terrains, including land and water.

Ease of Deployment

With its inflatable tank design, the ZBD-5 can be quickly and easily deployed to the battlefield, enabling rapid implementation of deception tactics as needed. Its lightweight construction facilitates swift deployment as tactical requirements evolve.


The ZBD-5 is engineered to withstand environmental factors such as wind, rain, and temperature fluctuations. Constructed from durable materials with weather-resistant features, it ensures effectiveness over extended periods in various climatic conditions.


The ZBD-5 inflatable decoy is crafted to be highly realistic in appearance and behavior, featuring inflatable turrets, camouflage patterns, and movement simulation. These features enhance its ability to convincingly deceive enemy reconnaissance, contributing to overall deception effectiveness.


Military commanders can deploy multiple units of the ZBD-5 to create larger decoy formations as necessary, enhancing deception effectiveness through adaptation. This allows for the adaptation of decoy tactics to suit evolving battlefield conditions and strategic objectives.

Logistical Support

Logistical support for the ZBD-5, including transportation, storage, and maintenance, is essential to ensure its availability and readiness for deployment. Military logistics personnel ensure that the necessary resources and infrastructure are in place to support the deployment and operation of the ZBD-5.

Strategic Integration

The ZBD-5 is seamlessly integrated into broader military strategies and operations, complementing other tactics and assets to achieve overall mission objectives. Its role in tactical deception contributes to the success of broader military campaigns by confusing and misleading enemy forces, thereby enhancing operation effectiveness.

In Conclusion

The ZBD-5 Amphibious Inflatable Dummy Tank meets the diverse expectations of military commanders, including ease of deployment, durability, realism, logistical support, and strategic integration. By embodying these qualities, the ZBD-5 serves as a crucial asset in tactical deception, enabling military forces to effectively mislead and confuse enemy reconnaissance.

With its ability to operate across various terrains, withstand environmental factors, and seamlessly integrate into military strategies, the ZBD-5 enhances operation flexibility. As a result, it stands as a valuable tool for military commanders seeking to gain the upper hand in dynamic and complex warfare scenarios.