Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Know Thy Self.

As pointed out by the recent RAND report "China's Incomplepete Military Transformation -- Assessing the Weakness of the People's Liberation Army" that folks in China, both civilian analysts as well as PLA Military Professionals, are well-ware of their own weaknesses and they are taking steps to correct them, albeit at a slow pace.    Building additional replenishment tankers for the Navy is a good case-in-point so are allowing PLAAF pilots free air combat training and improving training at the command level for the ground force.

The PLA has come a long way in terms of its budget and hardware, but it still lags behind in many aspects on order to be considered a "world class" military, that much is for certain.  

China Introduces Automatic Flight Assessment System For PLA Aviation Troops
Source : Our Bureau ~ Dated : Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 01:33 PM
The Air Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAAF) has introduced automatic flight quality assessment system to improve the flight training efficiency of its aviation troops.
Jointly developed by the PLAAF Armament Research Institute and related universities, the new technology for flight training quality and safety monitoring and assessment was recently applied in the annual flight data interpretation and analysis in an aviation regiment under. With this assessment system, the processing of the flight data of the whole regiment in the last 12 months was complete in only half an hour, according to China Military Online.
Without making any modification to the aircraft, this system can utilize the existing equipment mounted in the aircraft to automatically detect flight abnormalities, risky maneuvers and operation deviation and carry out automatic interpretation and analysis of the flight data, according to Liu Changwei, person-in-charge of the R&D group for the system and director of a research office with the PLAAF Armament Research Institute.
Meng Fansheng, an ace air force pilot was quoted as saying that it used to take half an hour to manually interpret the data for one-hour flight, but now, the result of the flight data analysis can be obtained within minutes. It is also able to monitor each maneuver during the flight, which will help promote detailed flight training and upgrade training efficiency.
The assessment system has now been widely promoted in the PLAAF and is also introduced to the aviation force of the PLA Navy, the report added.

Officers responsible for combat command attend concentration training in Lanzhou MAC

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-03-25

  YINCHUAN, March25 (ChinaMil) -- About 400 officers including the military officers, chiefs of staff and heads of training departments above the regiment level gathered in a troop unit on March 23 to attend a 5-day concentration training organized by the Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

  The concentration training is designed to correct the shortcomings existing in the training of basic subjects in the troops which could be described as "incomplete, non-standard, inaccurate, unskillful".

  According to the Outline for Military Training and Evaluation of the PLA, the combat troop units should carry out training of basic subjects for five and a half months each year. "The level of basic training is directly related to the combat capability and the powerful combat capability is established on the solid basic training," Cao Yimin, commander of the 21th Combined Corps told PLA Daily. He joined the officers to take part in the concentration training.

  The leading officials of the Lanzhou MAC told PLA Daily that the concentration training is expected to help improve the level of the attendees in instructing and organizing basic training, so as to promote the overall improvement of the basic training level of all the units in the military area command.

  The instructors who will give lectures or on-site demonstrations include commanding officers of divisions, battalions and companies, as well as ordinary non-commissioned officers. Most of them come from the 21th Combined Corps of the PLA.

  All the trainees are required to participate in the concentration training as ordinary soldiers, regardless of their age and ranking.

Editor:Yao Jianing

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