Saturday, January 19, 2019

PLA TOE update: 190th Combined-Arms Brigade (合成190旅), 79th Group Army, Northern Theater Command

This former 190th Heavy Mechanized Infantry Brigade, 39GA, Shenyang MR is now injected with ZBD04A tracked IFV and ZBL08 wheel IFV replacing the old ZBD86A (BMP-1) and ZSD89 APC.  Clearly the new fleet of IFV should provide better support to their Type96A MBT.


Picture from Jan 2018 when the Type86A was in service with the 3rd battalion (325)

PR photos of the day: Chinese naval escort fleet pays friendly visit to Philippines

Chinese naval escort fleet pays friendly visit to Philippines

Source: Xinhuanet
Editor: Li Jiayao


MANILA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese naval escort fleet, composed of three vessels, arrived in Manila on Thursday for a five-day friendly visit to the Philippines, according to the Chinese Navy.

The visiting ships, including missile frigates "Wuhu" and "Handan," and supply ship "Dongpinghu" docked Thursday morning at the Manila Port, making the last port call after completing their escort mission in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia.

This is the second visit by Chinese navy ships to the country since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016. The first visit took place in April 2017 in Davao city, the home city of Duterte in the southern Philippines.

"I believe the visit will enhance military to military exchanges and mutual trust, deepen friendship and strengthen cooperation between our two navies," Rear Admiral Xu Haihua, commander of the 30th Escort Task Group of the Chinese Navy, said upon arrival.

Commodore Wilfredo Burgunio, deputy commander of the Philippine Fleet, told Xinhua that he believes the visit will promote the relations between the navies. "We welcome this (visit). And we hope to have more engagements like this," he said.

"The arrival of our Chinese Navy counterparts underscores the continuing efforts to further strengthen the relationship between our governments and navies. This will further enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation through naval diplomacy," he added.

The Chinese Navy will engage in a number of activities during their visit to the Philippines. They will pay courtesy calls to the Philippines' senior navy officers, hold a shipboard reception, organize a tour aboard the ships, and take part in friendly games with their Philippine Navy counterparts.

A send-off ceremony will cap off the port visit on Jan. 21.

Military parade of the day: 70th Anniversary of Laos’ independence

Here are some made-in-China equipment showcased by the Lao People’s Liberation Army:

 Type97 5.56mm NATO rifle

 SR-5 122mm MRL

 SR-5 122mm MRL
 TL-6 mobile MANPOD system

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Photos of the day: SM4 120mm self-propelled mortar with the Algerian Army

Photos from their recent Borkane 2019 exercise.

Yes, those SM4 are based on the WZ551 chassis and 200 copies were exported by Norinco in 2016

Norinco Marketing Photo

PLAN commissions of the day: DDG 161 and LPD 987

On January 12th 2019, the PLAN commissioned two new warships into her Southern Theater Command Navy (南部战区海军)

DDG 161, the 10th Type052D "Hohhot" commissioned into the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, Southern Theater Command Navy
 LPD 987, the 6th Type071 "Wuzhishan" commissioned into the 6th Landing Ship Flotilla, Southern Theater Command Navy

Saturday, January 12, 2019

PLA unit of the day: 54th Mechanized Brigade, Tibet MD

After receiving Type 15 light tanks,  the 54th Mechanized Brigade is now traded in their Type 89 APC for the latest Type04A according to CCTV

 Type04A IVF
Type89 APC

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2nd PLA ground force Type15 light tank unit identified

It is the 54th Mechanized Brigade, Tibet (Xizang) Military District.  Consider the volume of Type15 testing photos taken in Tibet since 2011, this deployment should come as no surprise.

China's type 15 lightweight tank commissioned
Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-27 22:47:19|Editor: Yang Yi

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- A new type of tank, the type 15 lightweight tank, has been commissioned by China's army, a military spokesperson said Thursday.

Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks at a regular press conference.

The spokesperson also revealed that in 2018, China has conducted nearly 40 joint drills and training sessions with over 30 countries, deepening friendship and mutual trust with other militaries.

Such operations have been carried out with more in-depth exchanges, greater focus on real combat conditions and improved systems, Wu said.

Regarding preparation for the 7th International Military Sports Council Military World Games, Wu said a total of 10,049 people from 93 countries, including 9,122 competitors and officials, 389 referees and 172 media staff, had signed up for the event scheduled for October 2019 in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

In a review of China's naval escort missions, the spokesperson said that over the past 10 years, China has sent 31 fleets and over 26,000 officers and soldiers, escorting more than 6,600 Chinese and foreign ships and successfully rescuing or aiding over 70 ships.

The fleets also carried out other missions, such as the evacuation of Chinese nationals from war zones, the search for the missing flight MH370 and supplying fresh water to Maldives, the spokesperson said.

Friday, May 02, 2014

TOE update of the day: 54th Mechanized Brigade, Tibet MD, Chengdu MR

The newly enlarged 54th Mechanized Brigade (was regiment), is now spotted with Type05A, 120mm SP mortar, in a recent exercise.    Currently China's Tibet MD has three line infantry brigades in commission, much smaller then China's neighbors especially after India's new mountain strike corps enters service with around 90,000 new troops.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

54th Independent Infantry Regiment, (Unit 77625) Tibet Military District (MD), Chengdu Military Region.

The 54th regiment is Tibet's MD Rapid Reaction Unit and Strategic Reserve that reports directly to the MD HQ; it is tailored to respond to any emergencies within 48 hours. Given its mission requirement and the mountainous terrain, the regiment is very light and possesses no heavy weapons. Its fire support is provided by the 308th Independent Artillery Regiment organic to the Tibet MD.

Together with other PLA units in Tibet, the 54th only provided logistic support to the PAP last year but did not participate in riot control.

The regiment was commissioned on Aug 1st 1990 with 3 motorized infantry battalions and one mechanized infantry battalion. In April 1996, the regiment HQ was enlarged to include one 100mm mortar company and two 25mm AAA companies and the 3rd motorized infantry battalion was reformed as the 3rd mechanized infantry battalion after the injection of the Type92 IFV.

1st Battalion (Truck)
2nd Battalion (Truck)
3rd Battalion (Type 92 IFV)
4th Battalion (Type 89I APC)