The QBZ-97, or Type 97, (Chinese: 轻型步枪自动97式), is an export version of the venerable Chinese QBZ-95. It is a bullpup rifle, although referred to as a carbine, in the Battlefield series. It fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round rather than the QBZ-95's 5.8mm round, and features a shortened carrying handle.
In Battlefield 2, the QBZ-97 is the standard primary weapon of the Spec Forces kit for the PLA. Like the SCAR-L, the QBZ-97 possesses a spread modifier for prone, as well as crouching and standing, though instead of being less accurate than the minimum, the QBZ-97 in prone has the same spread value as when the weapon is zoomed. It lacks an optic, but it does have the lowest spread values out of the carbines, and has relatively low visual recoil values.
- In the Battlefield 2 game files, the weapon is referred to as "chrif_type95" instead of Type 97 or QBZ-97, indicating that it was originally intended to be the QBZ-95 rifle which was featured in Battlefield 2: Modern Combat. Further, the weapon's BFHQ entry still describes it as the Type 95.
- The QBZ-97 was originally intended to be included in Battlefield 3 with the Back to Karkand expansion pack, under the name Type 97. However, it was later replaced with the QBZ-95B.