The QBZ-03 (Type 03) assault rifle is the latest assault rifle design developed for the Chinese 5.8 x 42 mm DBP87 ammunition. Unlike the QBZ-95, the Type 03 is a conventional design weapon loosely inspired by other rifles previously in Chinese service (most notably the Type 56 and Type 81 assault rifle). The Type 03 has seen some issue within the People's Armed Police and second line PLA ground units.
An export-aimed version of the Type 03 also exists, first introduced at the 2007 MILIPOL expo. The export version is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and feeds by STANAG magazines.