Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The 1st Foreign User of the QBZ-95 rifle

The first confirmed foreign user of the QBZ-95 series of assault rifles. Technically that's a NBZ-03A, a Type 97A with a different casing and made by Jian She Group for export. Not sure those are freebie or actually paid for it. Most likely foreign aid from the Chinese government because I don't think the Cambodians can afford anything remotely modern.

A Cambodian soldier armed with a Chinese-made QBZ-95 rifle prepares to search a missing plane at Kampot province, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, June 26, 2007. A PMT Air plane, Russian-made An-24, that disappeared in southern Cambodia likely crashed during a storm, and there is little hope of finding survivors among the 22 people who were on board, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Wolf Pack, PLAN style

Witnessing submarine flotilla training

english.chinamil.com.cn 2007-05-18

  One day in mid May, reporters witnessed a confrontation training involving multiple submarines staged by a submarine flotilla of the East China Sea Fleet. According to the chief of staff of the flotilla, with its successful leap from the primarily single submarine training to the multi-submarine joint training under complex conditions, the flotilla has noticeably hoisted its striking performance.

  Recent years saw this submarine flotilla growing full-fledged in the course of stretching its reaches from south to north and from the offshore to the open seas.

  In the evolution from the single-submarine training to the multi-submarine joint training under complex conditions, its sense of mission and sense of responsibility in boosting energetically the transformation of military training are epitomized. With its resolve to drop the traditional "guerillaist" method of single-submarine training, the flotilla spares no effort to seize the initiative in acquiring the long-distance joint maneuver capability. To this end, it has advanced from technical training to tactical training, from element-by-element and separate training to integrated training involving the whole system, from training under uncomplicated battlefield environment to confrontational training under complex battlefield circumstances, which resulted in the all-round rise of its abilities in command and control, rapid response, joint strike and integrated training.

  By Huo Weiguo, Wang Luxun and Sun Yang

  (May 18, PLA Daily)