Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Photos of the day: 6 additional naval aviators certified for carrier operations

Zhang Chao could have been the 17th pilot certified on this day
-- hmmwv

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

A J-15 fighter crashed

Zhang Chao, the 29-year-old pilot was killed during a training mission.  According to reports from Chinese souses, a fly-by-wire system failure during an arrested landing was the cause.  RIP

Sunday, August 21, 2016

China's type091 55,000 ton replenishment tanker construction update, Aug 22nd, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Boring logistics picture of the day: The launch of the type091 55,000 ton replenishment tanker

Photos of the day: Type091 getting ready to launch

Friday, November 27, 2015

Photos of the day: China's type 901 replenishment tanker taking shape

Saturday, November 21, 2015

China's new über 55,000 ton replenishment tanker (Type901)

For the last 12 months, there has been a hint that a 55,000t class new AOE  is under construction at GSI's Longxue shipyard.  Well,  judging from this latest set of photos, they are making good progress.

Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics -- The PLAN is taking this military maxim to heart.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Photos of the day:24th Chinese naval escort taskforce leaves for mission

 QINGDAO, Aug. 11 (ChinaMil) -- The 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce set sail from Qingdao, a port city in east China's Shandong Province, for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali coast on Aug. 10, 2016.

The taskforce consists of the guided-missile destroyer Harbin (Hull No. 112), the guided-missile frigate Handan (Hull No. 579) and the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull No. 960).

The North China Sea Fleet of the Chinese PLA Navy held a seeing-off ceremony for the taskforce at a naval port in Qingdao.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Type-96B seen as pillar of nation's tank force

Source: China Daily Editor: Zhang Tao
2016-08-10 17:49

 China's military is likely to deploy the Type-96B tank as the pillar of its tank fleet, replacing most of its old models, observers said.
Gao Zhuo, a military observer in Shanghai who has close contact with the People's Liberation Army, told China Daily that the excellent capabilities of the Type-96B qualify it to be the backbone of China's tank force.
"The Type-96B is the strongest variant of the Type-96 family and is truly an advanced, third-generation main battle tank," he said. "The PLA will use it to replace the old tanks such as the Type-59 and Type-69 models."
His remarks came as the Type-96B delivered impressive performances in the ongoing Masters of Automobile and Tank Hardware competition, also known as the Tank Biathlon, at the Alabino training range in Moscow.
The PLA sent several Type-96B tanks to take part in the tank competition, the most watched part of the Russia-hosted International Army Games.
The eight-day individual part of the competition, which involved 54 teams from 17 countries, ended on Sunday, with the Chinese delegation scoring the highest.
All of the PLA's three teams were to compete in the semifinal that started on Tuesday.
By the end of last year, the Chinese military had more than 7,000 tanks in active service, including about 2,000 Type-96s and Type-96As, as well as about 600 Type-99s and Type-99As, so the majority of the PLA armored force is still equipped with tanks made several decades ago, according to foreign military analysts.
Huang Guozhi, senior editor at Modern Weaponry magazine, said that despite the fact that Type-99 series tanks are more advanced, their high price and limited production capacity mean that it's unrealistic for the PLA to purchase and deploy them on a large scale.
"Therefore, the Type-96B, with a better price and satisfactory capabilities, is very attractive to the Chinese and foreign militaries. It is the best option for the PLA to modernize its armored forces," he said.
According to an article posted by China North Industries Group Corp on its WeChat social media account, the Type-96B-compared with its predecessors in the Type-96 family-has a high-performance 125 mm smoothbore gun, an improved, more powerful engine, newly developed transmission gear and a state-of-the-art fire-control system.
Yu Shuo, a tank researcher in Beijing, said the Type-96B is among the latest achievements by the nation's land arms industry. He suggested that too much emphasis should not be placed on the results of the Tank Biathlon, as the experience gained is more important to the PLA.