Friday, November 27, 2009

"Iron Fist-2009" military exercise in Jinan MAC

127th Light Mech Infantry Division Vs 11th Armor Division, 54th Group Army, Jinan MR

"Iron Fist-2009" military exercise in Jinan MAC

(Source: PLA Daily) 2009-11-27

  The military exercise code-named "Iron Fist-2009" was held at the Queshan Combined Tactics Training Base of the Jinan Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army from November 18 to 23, 2009. According to Rong Guiqing, commander of a group army under the Jinan MAC, the unprecedented exercise conducted in complicated electromagnetic environment posed serious challenges to the troops participating in the exercise.

  It is reported that the exercise directors arranged powerful electromagnetic interference (EMI) force to jam the C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) system of the “Red Army Division” during the whole process of the exercise.

  Shortly after the beginning of the exercise, the “Red Army Division” launched EMI to disturb the roles of the C4ISR of the command post, radar station and combat information system of the“Blue Army Division”.

  Various new type fire powers were employed in the precise strike of the exercise.

  The troops on the “Red Army Division” side from the air force, army aviation force, anti-aircraft artillery and radar force also joined in the exercise.

  During the exercise, the electromagnetic confrontation between the “Red Army Division” and the “Blue Army Division” lasted for several hours.

  According to Zhou Youya, commander of the “Red Army Division”, the division has spent 3 years exploring the fighting methods in the confrontations of communication, radar, electro-optical warfare and network and boosting its capability of managing and controlling the electromagnetic spectrum. Such methods and capability have stood the challenge and test of this "Iron Fist 2009" military exercise.

  By Tang Jinjiang and Li Guanghui

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