Tuesday, March 30, 2021

CCTV Capture Of The Day: Type 726 LCAC

 The displacement is about 150-160 tons, the maximum load is about 50 tons, with a maximum speed of 60-80 knots per hour.



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Commanders of the PLA Air Force by Kenneth W. Allen


Another professional PLA-Watch publication recommended by China Defense Blog 

In the era of great power competition, it is important to understand all of the actors. Not just organizations and structure, but people as well. On 27 August 2017, Lieutenant General Ding Laihang became the 12th Commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force (PLAAF) since 1949. He received his third star with the rank of General in July 2019.i He is expected to remain in this billet until the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 20th Party Congress in October 2022, at which time he will meet his mandatory retirement age of 65.

While the PLA is organized differently from the U.S. Air Force, and those of our allies and partners around the world, and it isn’t a one to one match with the U.S., it is important to understand who leads the PLA’s Air Force, where he came from, and who might succeed him.

This report provides an overview of General Ding’s predecessors, his career, how PLAAF Commanders are selected, and the role that the PLA Air Force
Commander plays. It also makes a prediction about the officers who might be eligible to replace him in 2022 are.

We hope you find this volume helpful in parsing the PLA’s leadership, and understanding some of the counterparts to our own aerospace forces.

(Click here for the full report)


Sunday, March 14, 2021

PR photos: Old China Navy LST

I have seen my fair share of China naval vessel over the years, both online and in person.  Sure, those are PR photo, still, they are so clean and well maintained they can almost eat off the floor.  This type of cleanliness is applicable across all the vessel that crossed my path over the years.

Yuting Class was commissioned in 1993.

Photo source (here)

Sunday, March 07, 2021

T-90 vismod

 Another "fake" example.  Note ATGM's angle of attack.