Sunday, September 16, 2018

Communist Propaganda of the day: LG6 40mm automatic grenade for crime prevention neighborhood patrol

Joking aside, readers of this blog should know by now that the People Armed Police is police in name only; they are CMC's second ground force service branch with a combat focus in light infantry warfare.  Not convinced?  Just look at those FTX PR photos below.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

LG6, Norinco's latest man-portable 40mm automatic grenade launcher

This new LG6 fires the standard 40x46mm caliber grenades and has a 300 rounds per minute rate of fire about to a range of 400 meters.

LG6 is light weight, which is 4.8kg without ammo.  Other automatic grenade launchers are heavier thus  requires to be mounted on vehicles or move by weapon crew with biped/tripod before they can be deployed.  Well, not LG6, it is a single-troop portable, fire-support machine -- think of it as the American classic "China-Lake" on steroid.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

PR photos of the day: Blue Smurf In Action

The fifth Type 071 LPD

With all those new Smurf units and heavy equipment coming online, makes you wonder if they are all smurfed-up with nowhere to go.   Need not worry -- the fifth Type 071LPD 980 is commissioning soon with the East Sea Fleet/Central Theater Command to provide extra sea-lift capacity to the PLAN/

LPD 980 "龙虎山/Dragon and Tiger Mountain"  oh what a name!

PLAN Marine's two new wheeled light tanks

One is the standard ZBL09 as noted by my previous blog posts, the other one seems to be a mod with a different pair of water jets being the most notable feature.  Smoke grenade launchers also relocated to mid-turret in this mod.

Technically speaking ZBL09 is an assault gun. Then again, what do I know?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

PLAN Marine training with ZBL09 wheeled IFV

One of the newly commissioned PLAN Marine units is seen here training with ZBL09 wheeled IFV..   Perhaps they are just waiting for their AAAV to arrive, or they are not intended to "storm the beach" like their 1st and 2nd Marine Brigade counterparts but rather fan-out rapidly after a beachhead is secured.    But one thing is certain -- they are willing to trade armor protection for speed.

As a side note, the PLAN Marine stationed in Djibouti here is also sporting the same wheel based ZBL09

ZTL09 Wheeled light tank is also spotted

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ZTL09 8x8 Wheeled Light Tank to the PLAN Marine??

ZTL09 8x8 Wheeled Light Tanks sporting the now-famous "Blue Smurf" camo were spotted in Sanya City, near the HQ of the PLAN Marine.  Rumor has it that they are now getting those wheeled new toys to increase their mobility for MOOTW and non-amphibious operations.  Time will tell.