Friday, September 17, 2021

PLAN Sovremenny Class Guided Missile Destroyer after midlife refit


The two single-arm launcher on each end now been replaced with two bank of 8x2 VLS cells, plus the 20-shot short-range defense missiles in front. The Russian Sunburn ASM now been replaced by the smaller Chinese missiles. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Type 99 MBT mockup heading to an US Army base

From the look of the side turret ERA array, the boxy laser weapon/jammer system on the left, and the tall dome shaped laser warring receiver on the right, it's definitely a ZTZ-99 Phase I model.

Which is odd, since only few dozens of the Phase I model were made, and it's not the main production variant.  Probably better off making a Type 96A since that that's the most common Chinese MBT.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Another must read: Kenneth W. Allen's latest article on the PLA "Early Warning Brief: The PLA’s Military Diplomacy Under COVID-19"

 To the full article posted at the The Jamestown Foundation, click the link (here)


The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been responsible for conducting military diplomacy since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. In the 1950s, military cooperation was limited almost entirely to other communist nations and insurgent movements in Southeast Asia. In the late 1970s, the scope and tenor of China’s foreign military cooperation changed with the shift to commercial arms sales, attempts to gain some influence in Eastern Europe, and improvement in relations with the United States (U.S.) and Western Europe. By the 1980s, China had also developed close military ties with Egypt, Tanzania, Sudan, Somalia, Zaire, and Zambia in Africa. The change reflected China’s desire to counter Soviet influence, especially in Europe, as well as to develop relations with modern armed forces. Chinese military ties with Western European countries were strongest with Britain, France, and Italy. Chinese military relations with the U.S. developed rapidly in the 1980s and included exchanges of high-level military officials and working-level delegations in training, logistics, and education, as well as four foreign military sales (FMS) projects


 A screenshot from state media shows the supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull 960) from the PLAN’s 36th ETF to the Gulf of Aden conducting in-port replenishment at the Port of Djibouti in December 2020. Official reports emphasized that the supplies were purchased through domestic channels and transported under rigorous sterilization, inspection and quarantine measures due to the ongoing pandemic. (Source: China Military Online).


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone in Jawf skies

 This picture, released by the media bureau of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement on May 22, 2021, shows the wreckage of a Chinese-made Chengdu Wing Loong II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition, which Yemeni forces shot down a few days earlier as it was flying in the skies over Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran. 

 Full article here:


Lesser known helmet