Sunday, May 16, 2010

Season started already??

Last year, the PLA ground force demonstrated its new found military power in a number of large military exercises (here). What's in store for us this season?

ECC holds “Vanguard 2010” comprehensive exercise

(Source: PLA Daily) 2010-05-14

On the early morning of May 11, the “Vanguard 2010” exercise participated in by the graduating cadets of the Engineer Command College (ECC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) kicked off at a comprehensive tactics training base in the hinterland of east Anhui Province in east China. The graduation exercise is not only the grindstone for the quasi-officers before their assignment to their first posts but the touchstone to test the talent cultivation quality of military academies.

By setting joint operation under information-based conditions as the backdrop, the “Vanguard 2010” exercise took the implementation of engineering support task in mountain offensive operation by the engineer element as the theme. During the 15-day-long exercise, the directing group of the exercise set up nearly 20 subjects such as rush-repairing road, bridge-erection, command post establishment, road-opening, battlefield camouflage, sabotage in enemy’s rear, comprehensive minesweeping and field water supply.

During the exercise, the ECC invited electronics element with electronic interference devices of the neighboring troop unit to implement electromagnetic interference. And during the operation, meal time and camping, the cadets encountered harassments from the “enemy”. It is said that such new-type equipment as the multi-purpose wheeled engineering vehicle, tank assault bridge, explosive and mine clearing vehicle to employed to equip the troops in recent years all appeared on the exercise ground.

By Li Xiaofeng and Liu Feng’an

Editor:Dong Zhaohui

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