After People's Armed Police, 13 major provicial police departments, UN Peace Keepers and Bangladeshi bought the NewStar 2002 light APC, the PLA is finally decided it's good enought for them too. Most likely will be use for recon and light duty roles. Its chassis and engine are based on a German designed heavy duty commerical van manufactured by a privated Chinese truck company. Recently in Haiti, the NewStar 2002's side armor was pierced by .30-06 at close range. All the NewStar 2002 are getting ballistic spalling liner install. Noted that was probably the lighter 6-ton law enforcement model in Haiti. The better protected 8-ton military version has 10mm thick armor protection in the front arc. The NewStar 2002 offers direct mine and IED protection upto 25kg level. For a starting price of $120,000, the NewStar is cheaper than add-on armor kit for the US made Hummvv. --- Timothy Yan
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BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Three Chinese were killed and one wounded Wednesday evening in bomb attacks against three hotels in the Jordanian capital Amman, said a press release carried on the Website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
The dead and wounded were members of a delegation from China's University of National Defense, which happened to stay at one of the three hotels, the press release said.
The Foreign Affairs Office of China's Defense Ministry identified the dead as Sun Jingbo, Zhang Kangping and Pan Wei, whowere at the age of 41, 42 and 44, respectively.
The wounded, 42-year-old Yao Liqiang, suffered from a leg fracture. Yao was under medical treatment at a military hospital and was out of danger, according to the Foreign Affairs Office.
The other members of the delegation have been transferred to one of Jordan's military bases under the escort of the Jordanian army, the office said.
Officials with the Foreign Ministry said the delegation arrived in Amman on Thursday and checked in at the Days Inn hotel.
At around 9:00 p.m. local time Thursday night, the delegation, seeing no sign of tragedy, was backing to the hotel after attending a welcoming dinner at the Chinese embassy in Jordan.
The bomb blasted on the street four to five meters outside the hotel, killing one Chinese on the spot and wounding another three.Two of the three wounded died later in hospital.
It looks like Norinco is really trying hard to get the Iraqi and Afghan new army/police's re-equip order. Only few things are different than the real MAG: a simpler 3-stage gas regulator, the aluminum butt stock with buildin recoil buffer and the rear sight that has a quick-detachable optics mount. They didn't even bothered to actually improve the MAG design like change to a side ejection or replace it's titling block locking bolt or reduce its ungainly weight. In fact the Norinco copy weights even heavier than the real MAG.
Well, it did take long for the Chinese started to copy the American M4 design. I wonder if the Chinese going to pay royalty to Colt.......Of course NOT! When was the last time the Chinese arms industry give a crap about weapon design IP? If the price is right, maybe the US government will start buying the Chinese M4 copy for their Afghan, Iraqi and Pakistani allies. The last one will make the Indian very jealous for sure.
Neither Chinese nor Russian release their Order-of-battle of the exercise, here is an incomplete list of the PLA unit that will take part.
PLA 127th Mechanized Infantry Division PLAN 1st Marine Brigade PLA 1st Army Aviation Regiment PLAAF 36th Bomber Division PLAN 1st Destroyer Detachment, North Sea Fleet PLAN 9th Destroyer Detachment, South Sea Fleet PLAN 3rd Destroyer Detachment, East Sea Fleet PLAN 6th Landing Ship Detachment, South Sea Fleet
Unconfirmed: PLAAF Su-30 Unit, PLAAF 15 Airborne Army Unit
Airborne Company, 76th airborne division Special Operation Company, 55th Marine Division. Two Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers Four Tu-22M3 Long Range Bombers 10 plus Il-76 Transport 2 AWACS Su-27SM unit Naval Unit
Xinhui posted this image of an unknown AFV with on July. 22. It appears to have a previously unseen turret on a WZ501 chassis.
A quick look through Norinco's website revealed the mystery turret to be one equipped with active protection systems. (Norinco's English site is a total hash job, seems like somebody sent the Chinese site through Babelfish and was done with it. Norinco's English name for it is "Initiative Protecting System". The Chinese name is 主动防护系统, which means active protection.) Perhaps it is the Chinese version of the Russian Arena. The sensor post in the middle (LWR/IR sensors?) does not resemble the radar rack associated with the Arena, and it is missing on the AFV in the pic Xinhui posted. I also wonder what those things under the shields really are. It appears those boxes are rotable, but the shield may not be, which would severely restrict their FOV.
I am not surprise that China is developing active defense systems AFVs, but I am surprised that Norinco is already marketing one, and that we haven't seen one on an MBT, yet. Wonder if it works in a similar manner as the Arena.For that matter, we don't even know if this is a vehicle protection system. For all we know if this could be part of a unit/area defense system mounted on dedicated vehicles (perhaps to protect armor and mech formations), although the lack of anything long range seem to argue against that. OTOH, if it is a HMG position near the driver, it would suggest that this is a dedicated vehicle with a turret specifically for the defense system.
Desperado6 wrote that sensor post "may not be a laser warning receiver at all, and in fact since it's so different from the JL-3 system it may be wrong to assume that. It could be that one window is a UV sensor and the other IR to detect and correlate missile launch plumes."
Much of this is speculation at this point, we need more photographs of the both the active protection system as well as the AFV.
Here is a picture of the Russian Arena system on a T-80U for comparison, with the characteristic radar rack on top of the turret and grenade launchers.
BEIJING,July 15 -- People's Liberation Army (PLA) is on course to cut 200,000 military personnel by the end of the year, the PLA Daily, mouthpiece of China's armed forces, reported yesterday.
The military is currently carrying out extensive restructuring reform, adding new battle units and cutting outdated ones in an effort to create combat effectiveness and intensify the force's combat command capability, the report said.
The total number of officers at headquarters and functional branches at different command levels will be cut to a new low, and some grassroots posts previously held by officers will be transferred to soldiers or civil servants.
"The readjustment and reform programme is now proceeding smoothly," Zang Guoqing, head of the army affairs department with the PLA's Headquarters of the General Staff, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
China announced in September 2003 that it would reduce its military from 2.5 million to about 2.3 million in two years.
Zang urged all military units to strictly abide by the restructuring plan as it was an important decision made by the Central Military Commission to optimize its military structure.
"Only when the new organizational system is well-implemented can we complete the task of reducing 200,000 military staff by the end of this year," Zang said.
He said that the headquarters had inspected several military commands and found some problems.
For example, in some cases the number of staff and vehicles were much more than allowed under the new system, and Zang urged them to make changes as required.
According to a white paper on China's national defence, released by the Information Office of the State Council late last year, the cuts will mainly affect officers and those from non-combatant institutions.
Since New China was established in 1949, the PLA has reduced in size nine times, with the total number of troops cut from 6.27 million in 1951 to 2.5 million in 2003.
According to the white paper, the PLA will optimize its structure by streamlining land forces and strengthening the development of navy, air and missile forces.
The windowed high-visibility version in white color for the Chinese police service. The windowless high-protection version in camouflage color for the Chinese People's Armed Police (PAP). The PAP is a paramilitary law enforcement force that's a combination of coast guard, border patrol, national marshall service and national park ranger. --- Timothy Yan
It's time for a little humors. Yes the picture is real and no that's not an actual standard PLA issue helmet. That's just a stupid stage prop by the Art and Entertainment (A&E) people in the PLA. Just think of them as the art, music, dance and liberal arts majors instead of hanging out in the liberal study departments in typical US universities, in China, they join the PLA A&E troops. They're no real soldiers for sure! The A&E troops is more like crossing between the USO show performers and propaganda cheerleaders. Nothing can beats some moral boosting show with a little political brainwashing! --- Timothy Yan
Typical A&E gals like her in the picture probably doesn't know which end the bullet comes out from a rifle.
For more silly Chinese military images go check out the Stupid PLA PR Thread in our China Defense.com Forum.
It's interesting that they have better equipment than just about any PLA units and they're only policemen. The APC they're sitting on is the NewStar 2002 painted in UN white. The US should buy that for Iraq since the whole vehicle is costing less than just the addon armor kit for Hummer and it's better protected in all sides. --- Timothy Yan
The Aimpoint looking design actually had been around for the last few years. The new sight seems to be based on the existing 2.5 magnification submachine gun red dot sight. It was designed to allows its shooter to employs the "Bindon Aiming Concept" or better know as the "both-eyes-opening" aiming method for quick target acquisition. Glyn Bindon was the inventor of this aiming method and also the founder of American weapon optic maker Trijicon Inc. Most of the current Aimpoint and Trijicon red dot optic sights use this quick aiming method. --- Timothy Yan
The new Type 56-2 assault rifles and body armors must be from the recent 40 million USD orders placed by new Iraqi government for its police and troops. Noticing the brand new Type 56-2 rifles with its short folding stocks and cheap orange colored plastic parts. Can't complaint too much when they only paid around $100 each and got them delivered almost rightaway. --- Timothy Yan
China Opens Some Weapons Production to Businesses By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, BEIJING
China on May 27 issued regulations granting permission for private and foreign-funded enterprises to produce certain categories of weaponry in China, state press said.
According to new regulations issued by the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, private and foreign-funded enterprises would be allowed to produce weapons considered “sub-systems and special auxiliary products,” the Xinhua news agency said.
However, the production and development of weapons considered to be made up of core technologies and equipment would remain tightly controlled by the state, Xinhua said.
“It means if they meet certain standards, including technological level and financial strength, private and foreign-funded companies face no policy barriers” to entering business in the first category, Liu Dongkui, a commission director, was quoted as saying.
Liu said the classification system would help to standardize the weapons development and production industry, promote moderate and orderly competition and improve the level of the national defense industry.
He said the commission would issue about 300 weapons development and production licenses in the second half of this year.
A few private businesses were among the candidates to be considered.
“But there’s no fixed link between a license and production orders. Obtaining a license does not guarantee a company production orders,” said Liu.
The regulations would take effect on June 15, the commission said.
The 4th FC-1/JF-17 prototype will have DSI or Diverterless Supersonic Inlet intakes. Comparing to the conventional intake designs, the major advantage of DSI is it reduces complexity, weight and cost while adding steath to the aircraft. The Chengdu Aircraft Company, the developer of FC-1 and J-10 multi-role fighters, had been researching DSI technology since earily 2001. --- Timothy Yan
Continue coverage of the Beijing Police Equipment Expo. This is the body armor vest that the new Iraqi government ordered 20,000 recently. The displayed vest is even in desert cammo patten. Also notice a very sizable ballistic plate pocket in front. The most significant improvements are the added modular mounting webbings that are covering the front and back of the vest and the adjustable straps on the shoulders and the sides. --- Timothy Yan
Continuing the coverage of the Beijing Police Equipment Expo. A new electric-powered 35mm Grenade Launcher. It's mostly made for vehicle mounted since it need electricity for its operationg. The big cyclinder at the top rear of the receiver is the electric motor. It fires low-power 35mm grenade same as the ones use in the 35mm under-barrel grenade launcher for assault rifle. --- Timothy Yan