Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Computer render of the new Chinese 8x8 assault gun/tank destroyer

Computer render of the new 8x8 assault gun/tank destroyer. We already know this has a remote turret featuring the 105mm tank gun and auto loader from the Type 15 light tank. This shows the addition of the commander's panoramic sight from the VN17 infantry fighting vehicle, which is also based on the Type 15 light tank, and finally, remote weapon station for the 50 cal HMG, which looks like the one from the VT-4 MBT.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Boring Logistics Photos Of The Day: Heated Portable Toilet For Frontier Sentries

Not only this little wonder (those whom have camped at sub-zero can testify) is heated, all those "waste" is processed into organic fertilizer right there, all at one-stop. 

Boring pictures of the day: PLAN's 3rd ocean-going training ship.

PLAN's first training ship Zheng He (You know who she was named after) commissioned in 1996, pennant number 81

Second training ship Deng Shichang commissioned in 1997 pennant number 82

Below are pictures of PLAN's third training ship,  Qijiguang, pennant number 83, freshly minted in 2017.

With all those new boats coming online, the PLAN needs all the midshipmen those 3 ships can train.
China commissions new naval training ship
Source: Xinhua   2017-02-22 13:32:02     [More]

DALIAN, Liaoning, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese navy on Tuesday commissioned a new training ship at a military port in Lyushun, northeast China's Liaoning Province, the PLA Daily reported Wednesday.

With hull number 83, the Qijiguang naval training ship is 163 meters long and 22 meters wide, with a full load displacement of 9,000 tonnes and maximum speed of 22 knots, making it the largest and most advanced training ship in the Chinese navy.

Designed and built by China, the training ship can accommodate over 400 navy cadets or officers for training in offshore waters and high seas. It can also be used in foreign exchanges, natural disaster rescue and other non-military operations.

Qi Jiguang was an ancient Chinese national hero in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) best known for leading Ming forces to defend China's eastern coastal regions from raids by Japanese pirates in the 16th century.

The training ship is affiliated with Dalian Naval Academy.

Photo of the day: Malaysian littoral mission ship

Sunday, August 05, 2018

China, Warship exporter.

Last month there were three warship export related news out of China, they are:

-- Commission of the 1500-ton Pakistan Coast Guards cutter PMSA 143 Kashmir

-- Steel cutting for the first of the four littoral mission ships for Malaysia, a deal that was signed in April 27th 2016 (here)

-- Four patrol boats and rocket-propelled grenade launchers to the Philippines Navy (here)

 PMSA 143 Kashmir

 Malaysian littoral mission ship

Friday, April 12, 2019

PLAN unit of the day: 12th Frigate Flotilla, Northern Threater Command

During the last few years, the PLAN has been commissioning a series of new Frigate Flotillas to provide operations support to all those newly minted Type056 and older FFG that has been reassigned to near-sea services.   Each of those Frigate Flotilla is expected to home about 8 FFGs if tradition holds true.   The 12th is one of those.

Credit goes to Andrew KC on this update.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Flight hours of an LH chopper pilot

While the PLA never publishes average number of flight hours of a LH (Army Aviation) pilot, here's an example that might be able to shed some insight.

First-class pilot Zhang Shangnian of the 77th Group Army accumulated 2000 hours crossed 12 years, or 166 hours a year.


Animated gif of the day: Maiden test voyage of ZBD05 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicle 13 years ago

Sunday, April 07, 2019

CV17 Shandong getting a fresher deck coating

Welcome home

Remains of Chinese soldiers killed in Korean War to be returned to China from ROK

Photo taken on April 1, 2019 shows the belongings of Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. The remains of more Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War will be returned to China from the Republic of Korea (ROK) on April 3, 2019, according to China's Ministry of Veterans Affairs (MVA) . It will be the sixth batch of remains of Chinese soldiers returned following a handover agreement signed by the two countries. From 2014 to 2018, the remains of 589 soldiers were returned to China from the ROK, official figures show. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)

PR photos of the day: Battalion-size combat drill in Tibat

Commenced at March 27th, with dozens recon heliborned before directing fire against fixed fortifications

Friday, March 29, 2019

PL-15 on the news

China's most powerful air-to-air missile equipped on warplanes

    Global Times
    Chen Zhuo

    2019-03-26 21:51:17

A Chinese J-11B fighter jet is photographed carrying a new type of air-to-air missile. Photo: China Central Television

The J-11B fighter jet has become the latest user of China's self-developed world-class air-to-air missile that was feared by senior US military officers, revealed China's national broadcaster on Monday.

A photo appeared on a China Central Television (CCTV) program on Monday shows a J-11B under the People's Liberation Army Air Force carrying a large missile under its wing.

The J-20 stealth fighter jet carried the same type of missile and made public display at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province, in November 2018, CCTV reported.

This is the first time a J-11B is spotted carrying this type of missile, the report said.

"Judging from the shape and aerodynamic design plus the J-20 reference, the missile is very likely to be the PL-15 air-to-air missile," Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Wei compared the PL-15 with the US' latest AIM-120 missile, as both have very long effective range that would allow the launch platform to become an airborne sniper, enabling an aircraft to hunt hostile fighters, early warning aircraft and aerial tankers from beyond visual range.

A J-11B fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force with the PLA Northern Theater Command flies at low altitude through valleys during a flight training exercise on January 8, 2019. Photo:

US media outlet the National Interest said the PL-15's effective range could be much higher than the AIM-120's 180 kilometers, but that could be an exaggeration, according to Wei.

The PL-15 is also equipped with an active electronically scanned array radar, which makes evasion very difficult, Bloomberg reported.

Then-US Air Force general Herbert Carlisle voiced serious concern about the PL-15 missile when it was first made public in 2015, as he called on the US Congress to fund a response, the Bloomberg report said.

Wei said the technology of the PL-15 has matured, so it can now be put on a variety of platforms, including the J-11B.

By equipping the missile, the J-11B's aerial combat capability can be greatly boosted, the CCTV report said.

The J-11B is less advanced than other Chinese fighters like the J-20, and some military observers said the J-11B's radar could be outdated in a way that it cannot see far enough what the PL-15 can hit at maximum range.

But that would not be a problem if the fighter is supported by other warplanes like an early warning aircraft, which can send target data to the J-11B, Wei said.

Dubbed by Chinese military observers as the "aerial trident," the J-20, J-16 and J-10C fighter jets, conducted air defense penetration drills in June 2018, with all of them reportedly carrying the PL-15 missiles. Now the J-11B could join the PL-15 club.a

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Here it is -- PLAAF's tip of the spear "Ménage à trois" for air defense penetration

Joking aside,  folks should see this new "high end package" of J-20, J-10C plus J-16 formulating from miles away.  It should come as no surprise to anyone, in fact it is an expected and natural consequence of the recent development.

China's fighter jets hold 'perfect combination' training

    Global Times
    Li Jiayao


China's People's Liberation Army Air Force recently conducted combat training involving three types of its most advanced fighter jets, carrying air-to-air missiles, which a Chinese expert called a perfect combination.

China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, J-20, conducted joint training with multi-role strike fighter J-16 and multi-role fighter jet J-10C, engaging in air defense penetration drills, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday.

The fighter jets used domestically developed mid-range air-to-air missile PL-15 and short-range air-to-air missile PL-10 in the training, Beijing-based news website Sina reported on Saturday.

"The three fighter jets… and the two missiles are perfect combinations," Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday.

The J-20 is capable of destroying a hostile air defense system. The J-10C can then take air supremacy, while the J-16 can strike enemy ground forces, Song said, adding that using the PL-15 and PL-10 together can cover both long-range and short-range aerial combat.

"The combination will serve as an important aerial deterrent against external forces," Song added.

 wo fighter jets attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command soar over the sky for a combat sortie during a flight training exercise in late May, 2018. ( by Tang Jun)

J-20 with J-10 to its left

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Offical photo of the day: J-11B with next generation of Chinese AAM (PL-10 ASRAAM and PL-15 LRAAM)

Since the 2016 Zhuhai airshow, photos of J-10 and J20 armed with PL-10 ASRAAM and PL-15 LRAA are now a common sight.   PL-10 is China's answer to the US AIM-9X Sidewinder, both with high off-bore sight capability, thrust-vectoring control (TVC) and able to "lock on" via helmet-mounted sights (HMS).  Paring with the PL-10 is the PL-15 LRAAM with a range of 200km, tasked for beyond visual range engagements, similar to US' AIM120-D of the same class.

Judging by this photo released by China's official Xinhua news agency yesterday, the PLAAF has retrofitted their older J-11B heavy fighters with this latest pair of advanced AAM.   They are not just for PLAAF top-of-the-line anymore.

J-11B with PL-10 and PL-15 AAM

J-10C with PL-10 and PL-15

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Photos of the day: J-20 mounting a pair of PL-10 Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles