Sunday, April 22, 2018

Photo of the day: 73rd LH Brigade (former 10th LH Regiment), the first PLA operator of the new WZ-19 millimeter wave radar platform variant

Maintenance men assigned to an army aviation brigade under the PLA 73rd Group Army conduct phase maintenance on Z-19 attack helicopters on April 9, 2018. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Li Shilong)



Thursday, April 05, 2018

Photos of the day: WZ-19 millimeter wave radar platform variant inducted into PLA Army Aviation service

This Chinese "AH-64D Apache Light" variant featuring a millimeter wave radar platform similar to that of An/APG-78 Longbow made its first pubic debut at the 2017 China Helicopter Expo.   The new millimeter wave radar is geared to improve WZ19's target acquisition as well as its reconnaissance capability.

Existing WZ-19 already in service can be retrofitted with this new millimeter wave radar enhancement in due course.


Photo credit goes to DS北风





CGI artist impression of the day: CV17 Shandong




Saturday, April 21, 2018

Animated gif of the day: China commissioned a new intermediate-range ballistic missile brigade

PLA Rocket Force (PLARF) commissioned a new DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile brigade according Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China

http://eng.mod.gov.cn/news/2018-04/16/content_4809589.htm

China's rocket force embraces new medium-long range ballistic missile


Source:China Military Online Editor:Huang Panyue 2018-04-16








BEIJING, April 16 (ChinaMil) -- The Rocket Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army commissioned days ago a new medium-long range missile system to a newly-established missile brigade. The brigade is forming overall combat capability with the new missile system.

The medium-long range ballistic missile system is developed by China and has complete independent intellectual property rights.

The missile system, capable of firing both nuclear and conventional weapons, is able to conduct rapid nuclear counterattacks and carry out conventional medium and long range precision strikes against important land targets and large and medium-sized ships at sea.

As a new comer of the strategic deterrence and strike force system of the Chinese armed forces, the new medium-long range missile plays an important role in the killer weapons of the PLA combat troops.

In recent years, the PLA Rocket Force has vigorously strengthened its nuclear counterattack and medium-long range precision strike capabilities with multiple new types of missile systems put into service.

Afghanistan's Haneef Atmar Asks China To Help Establish A ‘Mountain Brigade’



https://www.tolonews.com/index.php/afghanistan/nsa-asks-china-help-establish-%E2%80%98mountain-brigade%E2%80%99

National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar has wrapped up a three-day official visit to China where he held talks with a number of high-ranking officials, including China’s Vice President Wang Qishan.

Atmar also met with Li Zuocheng, the Chinese Army Chief of Staff, and discussed a range of issues, including security and military relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and China.

The national security advisor said in order to monitor and avoid terrorist activities in the mountainous areas on the border with China, “there is a need to establish an Afghan mountain bridge and requested China's security leadership to equip and support the establishment of mountains forces.”

In addition, Atmar reportedly also insisted on the start of the second round of bilateral military cooperation dialogue between Afghanistan and China as soon as possible. He also urged the Chinese chief of army staff to visit Afghanistan.

Atmar also meanwhile met with Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, and discussed China's constructive and vital role in the Afghan peace process, bilateral relations, economic cooperation, and the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, which will be held in June.

Minister Wang Yi said China considers Afghanistan a key neighbor. He also reaffirmed China's continued support and long term relationship with Afghanistan, Atmar tweeted late Friday.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Hi-res photo of the day: J-15 carrier-based multirole fighter two-seater variant prototype 561

Note the tailhook.   


Saturday, January 04, 2014

http://china-defense.blogspot.com/2014/01/j-15s-buddy-centerline-refueling-store.html
 

J-15's buddy centerline refueling store

Here is one potential solution to the challenge of limited takeoff weight and range of Short take-off but arrested-recovery (STOBAR) carrier borne aircraft -- Give them a “hard point mounted fuel pod with a hose-and-drogue system” (a.k.a buddy store) This arrangement  allows carrier borne aircraft to increase their combat range as well as their take-off weight without the need of a dedicated tanker support.


Judging from the following public release photos of China’s Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark, such a buddy store is available to the Chinese Naval Aviators, assuming that they have mastered the mid-air refueling techniques of course. Given the fact that the J15 is based on the Russian SU-33, the Shangyang buddy store bears resemblance to the UPAZ-1A Sakhalin centerline refueling store series currently available in the international arms market.



Prototype 556



SU-33's UPAZ-1A at play
 



Thursday, April 12, 2018

5th PLAN Marine Brigade update (4/12/2018)

Recon elements of the 5th Marine Brigade just received its Lynx 8x8 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) .   The fact that they are issued ATV instead of dedicated amphibious IFV is a telling story of what their intended role will be.

Photo credit goes to Andrew KC

Note some of the smurfs are still sporting 1970's old "steel helm"




Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The 5th PLAN Marine Briagde is here

It just completed its first field deployment drill in minus ten degrees near its home port of Qingdao (here).   The 1st and 2nd PLAN Marine Brigades are home-ported in Zhanjiang, South Sea Fleet.  Since the 5th Marine Briagde is in Qingdao, it is likely under the North Sea Fleet.







Saturday, December 23, 2017

PLAN Marine Orbat Update, Dec 23rd 2017

If the great "Chinese Internet" is to be believed, a total of 5 new PLAN Marine combat brigades will be commissioned to support PLA's “New Historic Missions”.  They are to supplement the existing 1st and 2nd Marine Brigades.   The new outfits are:  3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and Marine SpOps Brigade.

The Fourth PLAN Marine Brigade

High-res photo of the day: China's naval parade

When you got it flaunt it


The Chinese PLA Navy holds a grand maritime parade in the South China Sea on Tuesday morning. It is the largest naval parade ever carried out by the Chinese PLA Navy, with 48 ships and 76 aircraft taking part in. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), inspected the whole event. (ChinaMil / Photo by Mo Xiaoliang)

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Here it is, the first artist's impression of China's long-range strategic bomber project looks like from a semi-official source

May 2018's Aerospace Knowledge magazine cover.  Word of caution here -- it is only an impression at this point.
Project's display model








https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-needs-long-range-strategic-bomber-state-media-084622579.html

China needs long-range strategic bomber: state media
[AFP]
AFP•July 7, 2015
A member of the public waves the Chinese and Hong Kong flags as Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers stand in the background at the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks in Hong Kong on July 1, 2015
A member of the public waves the Chinese and Hong Kong flags as Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers stand in the background at the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks in Hong Kong on July 1, 2015 (AFP Photo/Isaac Lawrence)

China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts.

Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defence spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning its first aircraft carrier and adding to its submarine and surface fleets.

But the government-run China Daily newspaper said in a full-page article that a recent military meeting had deemed the country's air force a "strategic force", citing the latest issues of Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based defence and weapons technology publication.

The title had previously been reserved for the military's Second Artillery Corps, which the paper described as China's "de facto strategic missile force".

The meeting agreed that a long-range strategic bomber would enable the air force to attack farther out into the Pacific Ocean, the paper quoted Kanwa Defense Review as reporting, as far as the "second island chain".

Chinese strategists conceive of the "first island chain" as the arc stretching from Japan to Taiwan, which includes numerous US military bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

The second chain refers to islands farther east in the Pacific, including the Marianas, the Carolines, and the US territory of Guam with its Andersen Air Force Base. A third "island chain" encompassing Hawaii is also sometimes mentioned.

China's increased military posture has come as Beijing asserts its territorial claims in the East and South China Seas, where it has disputes with several Asian neighbours including Japan and the Philippines.

Its moves have raised tensions with the United States, still the region's top military power.

A capacity to strike the second island chain would hinder foreign militaries from intervening in "an emergency or conflict", the China Daily said, citing the report.

In May, China's State Council, or cabinet, said in a white paper that the country would project its military power further beyond its sea borders and more assertively in the air.

The Chinese military defines a long-range strategic bomber as one that can carry more than 10 tonnes of air-to-ground munitions and with a minimum range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) without refuelling, the China Daily said.

Chinese defence technology magazine Aerospace Knowledge said in a series of articles last month that China needs a long-range stealth bomber, China Daily said.

"A medium-range bomber can't essentially fix the PLA air force's shortcomings in terms of strategic strike and strategic deterrence," it cited one of the reports as saying. "Thus the air force does need an intercontinental strategic bomber capable of penetrating an enemy's air defences."

But the China Daily quoted the publication's deputy editor-in-chief Wang Yanan as saying such an aircraft would require "a state-of-the-art structure and aerodynamic configuration as well as a high-performance turbofan engine".

"All of these are major problems facing the Chinese aviation industry," he added. "I don't think these difficulties can be resolved within a short period of time."

PAP unit of the day: Guiyang Special Police Linbao "Forrest Leopard" Commando, Mountain Mobile Unit

The Forrest Leopard was commissioned in 2006.  Together with other PAP Commando units, they have two sets of Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) -- the standard black for normal SWAT operations and the "field" BDU for drug traffick interdiction, hostage rescue operations near the Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos boarders.
 








Thursday, April 05, 2018

Photos of the day: WZ-19 millimeter wave radar platform variant inducted into PLA Army Aviation service

This Chinese "AH-64D Apache Light" variant featuring a millimeter wave radar platform similar to that of An/APG-78 Longbow made its first pubic debut at the 2017 China Helicopter Expo.   The new millimeter wave radar is geared to improve WZ19's target acquisition as well as its reconnaissance capability. 

Existing WZ-19 already in service can be retrofitted with this new millimeter wave radar enhancement in due course.


Photo credit goes to DS北风