Sunday, March 24, 2019

ZBD05 Amphibious IFV shooting-on-the-swim

Animated gif of the day: QBJ10 12.7x108mm sniper rifle shooting range training

holy recoil batman

Lesser known PLA unit of the day: 317th Border Defense Brigade,Yunnan Province

Again, great thanks to Andrew KC for updates and photos

Few companies of second handed ZSL92B with light infantry support - Border Defense Brigades - really don't pack enough heat for anything other than broader patrol.  Which is a good thing.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

CCTV vid of the day: J-15 conducts centerline refueling with another J-15

Saturday, January 04, 2014

J-15's buddy centerline refueling store

Here is one potential solution to the challenge of limited takeoff weight and range of Short take-off but arrested-recovery (STOBAR) carrier borne aircraft -- Give them a “hard point mounted fuel pod with a hose-and-drogue system” (a.k.a buddy store) This arrangement  allows carrier borne aircraft to increase their combat range as well as their take-off weight without the need of a dedicated tanker support.

Judging from the following public release photos of China’s Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark, such a buddy store is available to the Chinese Naval Aviators, assuming that they have mastered the mid-air refueling techniques of course. Given the fact that the J15 is based on the Russian SU-33, the Shangyang buddy store bears resemblance to the UPAZ-1A Sakhalin centerline refueling store series currently available in the international arms market.

SU-33's UPAZ-1A at play

Sunday, March 17, 2019

HI-res photo of the day: Z-20

Two naval pilots die in Hainan crash

By Zhao Lei | | 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.

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. ( by Liu Wei)