Sunday, March 17, 2019

HI-res photo of the day: Z-20


Two naval pilots die in Hainan crash


By Zhao Lei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-03-12 16:37

Two naval pilots died on Tuesday morning after their warplane crashed in a flight training session in Ledong county of Hainan province, the Chinese Navy said on Tuesday afternoon, adding there were no casualties on the ground.

Investigation into the cause of the accident is underway, the navy said in a statement.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201903/12/WS5c876fe4a3106c65c34ee36e.html


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Thunder-God Commando, 15th ABC Special Force Brigade, 15th Airborne Corps.

And their new FAST helmet







China, Cambodia kick off Golden Dragon-2019 joint military exercise

Czech T-55AM1 and BMP-1 are sported by the Cambodian military















Source: China Military Online
Editor: Huang Panyue
Time:  2019-03-14 18:48:06


By Mao Pengfei and Li Jiansu

KAMPOT, CAMBODIA, Mar. 14 (ChinaMil) -- The opening ceremony of China-Cambodia joint military training Golden Dragon - 2019 kicked off at the Shooting Range Training Field for the 70th Infantry Brigade of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) in Kampot Province’s Chum Kiri district, Cambodia on March 13, 2019.

General Vong Pisen, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), and Major General Feng Xiang, deputy chief of staff of the army under the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command attended the ceremony, joined by 716 participants from both sides.

In his speech, Gen. Vong Pisen said that Cambodia and China are comprehensive strategic partners. The Golden Dragon serial joint exercises will help two militaries to improve their capacities, deepen cooperation and inherit friendship, and will certainly contribute to the peaceful development of the two countries and regional peace and stability.

Maj. Gen. Feng Xiang said that the Golden Dragon joint exercise is a brand of the bilateral military cooperation. The Chinese and Cambodian militaries will constantly enrich the content and expand the scope of the joint training, and jointly improve the level of exchanges and cooperation between both sides.

Li Ningya, military attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, said that it is the third time for both armed forces to launch joint training and it serves as a concrete measure to implement the consensus reached by the high-level leaders of the two sides on strengthening pragmatic cooperation. Compared with the previous two exercises, “the size of the participating forces is grander, the joint operations are more prominent, the weapons and equipment are more diversified, and the training content is much richer,” he added.

Under the theme of joint anti-terrorism training and humanitarian rescue and aiming at promoting the two militaries’ abilities in counter-terrorism training and deepening the traditional friendship between the two militaries, the joint exercise will last until March 27.

Chinese participants mainly come from the army under the PLA Southern Theater Command and the PLA 74th Group Army. In total, there are 252 members from multiple military branches, including special operations troops, army aviation troops, engineer forces, artillery forces, and armored forces.

Photos of the day: Where are those older H-6 when new H-6Ks come online

Some ended up at Harbin Flight Academy






An H-6 bomber attached to a brigade with the PLA Air Force Harbin Flight Academy taxies on the runway before takeoff for a flight training exercise on March 6, 2019. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Liu Wei)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Confirmed, the new PLAAF airborne brigade has an organic chopper regiment

Helicopter Regiment, 130th Air-Assault Brigade, 15th Airborne

A WZ-10 attack helicopter attached to a helicopter regiment with a PLA airborne brigade lifts off from the parking apron of an airbase for a round-the-clock flight training mission on March 6, 2019. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Deng Xiaoning)
 http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-03/08/content_9444969.htm







Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PLAAF Airborne's new assault brigade

12 months after the last great PLA orbat reform, CCTV airs its first report on PLAAF's assault brigade thus confirming its existence.   Source (here)

央视网消息:作为国防和军队改革后组建的新质作战力量,日前,组建刚刚一年的空军空降兵某空中突击旅首次亮相练兵场,开展多机型伞降训练和空地协同训练,迈开了由传统伞降部队向多能空中突击部队转型的坚实步伐














Saturday, April 29, 2017

15th Airborne Corps' new ORBAT

The CMC decommissioned three divisional headquarters (43rd, 44th and 45th) on April 19th,  their regiments are now reformed into 6 brigades (127th, 128th, 130th, 131st, 133rd, and 134th) directly under the corps headquarters .   Additionally,  there will be a new SpOps Brigade , a Strategic Support Brigade (Engineering, Communication, etc) and an Aviation Brigade(Fixed And Rotary Wing Aircraft) bringing to a total of 9 line brigades. 


Sunday, January 19, 2014


PR Photos of the day: Vertical assault of an PLAAF airborne battalion combined arms battlegroup












Monday, January 18, 2010


15th Airborne Corps (ABC) is testing their vertical envelopment/air mobility capability

The 15th ABC's organic helicopter regiment was first revealed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake rescue work and then by a high profile fly-by during the 60th national day celebration.

It is now time for the 15th to test its newly found air mobility assault capability in a large military exercise. The advantage of air mobile assault over airdrop are many: ranging from entire unit delivery in one place--which immediately allows combat-readiness, precision resupply landings, to on-station fire support from helicopter gunships. In time, it will be interesting to see if a small portion of the 15th ABC will be converted into air-cavalry to enhance the corps' mission profile.

Photos of the day: New navy hospital ship near commission

Based on a fast transport model and much smaller than the 14,000-ton Peace Ark.






Peace Ark