A Chinese General Purpose Machine Gun the TYPE-88 is also known by its Chinese designation QJY-88. Despite the TYPE-88 name (referring to 1988 as the year of adoption) the weapon has only recently entered wide service with the People’s Liberation Army. The TYPE-88 fires a special heavy version of the Chinese 5.8x42mm round and is equipped by default with a bipod for supported shooting.
The QJY-88, also known as the Type 88 LMG (Chinese: 88式通用机枪 1988 Shì Tōngyòng Jīqiāng; English: 1988 Model General Purpose Machine Gun), is a 5.8x42mmChinese light machine gun designed in the late 1980s by China North Industries Corporation, otherwise known as Norinco. It was intended to replace the obsolete Type 67 Machine Gun in service with the PLA.