Friday, June 24, 2022

China is offering their new 6x6 IFV to the Argentinean Army

Rumor that the Argentinean Army is looking for an new Infantry Fighting Vehicle.


The new Chinese VN22 6x6 wheel IFV shown here features a remote turret with pop-up dual ATGMs, recon drone, and active protection system of some kind. Plus it seats 8x dismounts and protected by modular armor.


 It seems to also has 360 degree cameras and mine protection seats. This new 6x6 chassis is quit a bit taller than the Type 09 8x8 chassis in service with the PLA. The auto canon seems to be the 25mm chain gun instead of the new 40mm telescopic ammo canon shown in the new Chinese prototype IFV design.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Ken Allen's PLAAF Bomber Training Report is now released by the By the China Aerospace Studies Institute

via link (here) Bomber Unit Training This paper provides information about bomber pilot training with a focus on daily training and over-water training in the Western Pacific and South China Sea, as well as participation in the Golden Dart competition in China and the Aviadarts component of the International Army Games (IAG / ( 国 际 军 事 比 赛 ), which are co -organized by China, Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Iran. 

 

 It is a follow up to the PLAAF Bomber Organization report that came out on 2 May : https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/CASI/documents/Research/CASI%20Articles/2022-05-02%20PLAAF%20Bomber%20Organization.pdf

Saturday, March 26, 2022

China's Last Kalashnikov: The QBZ-56C

 


China's Last Kalashnikov: The QBZ-56C
This 7.62x39mm shorty is the end of China's Kalashnikov line. Read Tim Yan's full review of this interesting AK developed for Naval service here!

Link to the Firearms News article

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Links to two great articles by Kenneth Allen on "PLA’s Enlisted Force"

 

The Evolution of the PLA’s Enlisted Force: Conscription and Recruitment (Part One)

Publication: China Brief Volume: 22 Issue: 1

 https://jamestown.org/program/the-evolution-of-the-plas-enlisted-force-conscription-and-recruitment-part-one/

 

The Evolution of the PLA’s Enlisted Force: Training (Part Two)

Publication: China Brief Volume: 22 Issue: 3

https://jamestown.org/program/the-evolution-of-the-plas-enlisted-force-training-part-two/

 

 

Introduction

This article is the first in a two-part series on the evolution of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) enlisted force. Part one provides background and examines key issues in the PLA’s conscription and recruitment of enlisted personnel. Part two overviews the role of the enlisted force in the annual training cycle. The PLA’s yearly training cycle has always revolved around the annual conscription cycle, but each service and subordinate branch has been affected differently based on the size of the conscript force within the service/branch. Four major reforms have directly affected the conscript force: 1) the number and percentage of conscripts within the overall enlisted force; 2) the transition from an illiterate conscript force to a more educated force; 3) the creation of a two-year conscript force and a 28-year noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps; and 4) the change from a one to two-cycle annual conscription process.

This article addresses the following issues: key terms, guidance documents, force size and composition, gender, health issues, management and quotas, the annual conscription cycle, and compensation. Although the information applies to all PLA services, forces, and branches, the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) is used for specific examples.