Friday, September 13, 2019

The Thai Navy is buying the Chinese Type 71E LPD



According to the shipyard insider, the Type 71 LPD costs 221millions US dollars to build.  The "E" is for the export model. Wonder how much is the price of the export version for the Thai Navy? Also if there will be a royal family stateroom build in like the Thai aircraft carrier HTMS Charkri Naruebet.

Update: according to Thai media the price for the Type 71E is 6.1 billion Baht or equals to 200.6 millions USD. Which is 20 millions USD cheaper than the Chinese Navy version. A friendship price? or it has different weapons and equipment than the non-export version?





Monday, September 09, 2019

Retired Chinese Mine-laying/Mine-clearing rocket system


It was developed from the Russian Katyusha rockets of WW2 vintage with an emphasis in increase  payload at reduced range. The system was in PLA service from the late 1960s-early 1970s to its retirement in 2000s. In its primary mine laying role, each rocket carries 10-20 small AT scatter mines. In the mine clearing mode, the rockets have either conventional high explosive or fuel-air explosive warhead with a long nose prob to detonate it few feet above ground. The overpressure allows it to trigger or disable surface laid or buried mines. Both type of rockets typically have 3000-4000m range. 

Friday, September 06, 2019

Monday, September 02, 2019

Canard-Delta wings: Chinese J-10s and Thai Gripens


Fighter jets from China's PLA Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force fly in tactical formation during a joint training exercise. The closing ceremony of the joint exercise code-named "Falcon Strike 2019" between the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force was held at the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base (Udorn RTAFB) on August 29, 2019, local time. The three-day exercise was aimed to promote cooperation and exchanges between the two air forces, test combat tactics and methods, promote equipment development, and improve the joint training level of the two sides. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Xie Zhongwu and Zhou Yongheng)

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Photos of the day: Yak Patrol

Xinjiang, home to PLA's only Yak unit.




PLAAF Unit of the day: 72nd Brigade (J-10C), Central Theater Command Air Force HQ

The Chinese capture reads: The entire unit has been upgraded with J-10C fighter







Saturday, May 04, 2019

Photos of the day: 131st Aviation Brigade "J-10C" Southern Theater Command Air Force HQ

The first batch of J-10C are found in this line unit.   This unit has one bird, and one bird only, J-10C



Saturday, August 03, 2019

High res photo of the day: ZTQ15 105mm Light Tank field field maintenance


PR photos of the day: Shanghai PAP SpOps Daidu.

Funny, Shanghai is not famous for its jungle settings.  Then again, the Chinese PAP is not your neighborhood beat police officer either.









Monday, January 22, 2018

PR photos of the day: PAP, China's other ground force.

It would be unwise to ignore such an important element in any China related war scenario, especally they are now part of the CMC just like their Army counterpart.

From SCMP (here)

China brings People’s Armed Police under control of top military chiefs.  Paramilitary force will answer to body headed by President Xi Jinping

China will bring its paramilitary police force, the People’s Armed Police, under the direct control of the Central Military Commission, which controls the country’s armed forces, state media reported on Wednesday.

The 1.5 million-strong paramilitary police force previously came under a dual command structure of the CMC and the State Council, or cabinet, via the Ministry of Public Security. It serves as a backup for the military in times of war, and domestically has a role in putting down protests and counterterrorism – particularly in areas such as the restive far western Xinjiang region – as well as border defence and firefighting.





PLA unit of the day:181st Combined-Arms Brigade, 77th Group Army, Western Threater Command

A new Chinese all-wheel "Stryker Brigade" is coming into beinging.  Again, all photos and credits go to Andrew KC.



7th Air Defense Battalion with HQ-7B point-defense SAM



1st Battalion (1xxx)

 2nd Battalion (2xxx)

 3rd Battalion (3xxx)

 4th Battalion (4xxx)

 6th Artillery Battalion (6xxx)