PLA Air Force's Four "Key Training Brands"
By Jana Allen and Ken Allen, CASI / Published May 31, 2018
The PLAAF’s desire to advance its strategic transformation through qualitative changes is evidenced by its development of what it calls the “four key training brands” (四大品牌). These include: the Golden Helmet (金头盔) military competition; the Golden Dart (金飞镖) military competition; the Blue Shield (蓝 盾) exercise, which includes the Golden Shield (金盾) competition; and the Red Sword (红剑) exercise. This report provides an overview of these annual training events, which are described by the PLAAF as its “four main actual-combat oriented training series.”