Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Photos of the day: Changchun open house

Photo Credit goes to Longshi

H-6K "god of war" on display

BEIJING, August 29 (ChinaMil) -- The Chinese Air Force's medium and long range bomber, the H-6K, will open to the public for the first time at an aviation open activity from September 1, Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, said on August 26. 

The event, under the theme of "Pursuing the Aero Dream", is to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Old Northeast Aviation School in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province.
The H-6K is China's homegrown medium and long range bomber, and it is mainly used for long range precision strikes and tactical bombing missions. 

In 2015, the H-6K bombers flew four times out of the first island chain and reached the Western Pacific for military exercises, and also joined China's V-Day Military Parade. 

In 2016, the H-6K bombers conducted combat patrol in the South China Sea to defend national sovereignty, security and maritime rights and interests. Meanwhile, the H-6K bomber also participated in air patrol of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). 

According to Shen, other equipment, such as the KJ-500 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) plane which has participated in East China Sea ADIZ air patrol, the HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system and airborne infantry fighting vehicle that have joined China's V-Day Military Parade, will also meet the public in September.
The KJ-500 is China's homegrown new medium-sized all-weather multi-sensor airborne early warning and command and control aircraft, and it is responsible for air patrol and command and control tasks.
The HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system is the third generation of ground air defense equipment and the medium-to-high-altitude long-range air defense equipment of PLA, it is mainly used to fight against all types of air attack targets. 

Shen said that the Aviation University of the PLA Air Force, which was established based on the Old Northeast Aviation School, will send two flight demonstration teams to join hands with the Bayi Aerobatic Team of PLA Air Force in flight demonstration during the activities. 

At the same time, Shen continued, the J-10 model aircraft show, flight show of JL-9 and L-10 trainer aircraft and J-11 fighter jet will also be held. The retired Yak, MIG, CJ-5 and JL-5 aircraft will participate in the static display.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Photos of the day: Dalian shipyard 2006 vs 2016

Note the second-hand, Ukrainian Riga class floating casino in the background.  Not sure what will they do with that rusty bucket.  I am telling you, Chong Lot Travel Agency's US$20 million investment is a complete waste -- as of 2016, not a single slot machine is found there generating gambling income.

 2006, DDG115 Shenyang under construction

Aug 2016

2x Type 051C (DDG115 and DDG116)

Aug 2016 with 2xType052D

China's first military air ambulance debuts

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (ChinaMil) --The Military Transportation Institute under the Logistics Support Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) completed the final month-long environmental qualification test on China's first air ambulance jointly developed through military-civilian cooperation on August 19.

As it is increasingly normalized for the PLA troops to carry out cross-border military operations, such as naval escort mission in the Gulf of Aden, international peacekeeping and joint military exercises, it has been an irresistible trend that the PLA should rely on civilian aviation rescue institutions to provide direct wounded evacuation and transfer service and on this basis establish the emergency aviation transport and transfer mechanism for the sick and wounded, said an official with the Transportation Bureau of the Logistics Support Department under the CMC.

The Transportation Bureau signed a cooperation agreement with the Emergency Treatment Center of the Red Cross Society of China, Beijing Branch in June 2016 on using specialized medical rescue aircraft to implement transportation and transfer of the sick and wounded of the PLA.

A special medical aircraft dispatched by the Transportation Bureau successfully brought two seriously injured members of the Chinese peacekeeping force to South Sudan back to China after an 18-hour continuous flight on July 17, 2016.

It was the first wounded soldiers' cross-border evacuation and transfer operation jointly carried out by the military and civilian medical departments including the Health Bureau of the Logistics Support Department under the CMC, the PLA General Hospital and the Emergency Treatment Center of the Red Cross Society of China, Beijing Branch after the functioning of the cooperation agreement.

The Transportation Bureau will carry out in-depth feasibility studies on incorporating the specialized air ambulance into the strategic projection reserve force system of the PLA.

Friday, October 15, 2010

First Y-8 MedEvac enters service.

As a lesson learned from the recent earthquakes and other natural disasters, the PLAAF is commissioning a new fleet of Y-8C based MedEvac. A step that has been long overdue.

Perhaps the PLAAF can import some the "approved" C-130s and to model them after the USAF's Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, such as the 379th EAES.

Here are some PR write up from the PLA Daily:

PLA aviation medical rescue system moves one important step forward

(Source: PLA Daily) 2010-10-14

   A joint exercise was staged heatedly in an area in northwest China recently. The reporters saw on the site that a batch of the serious “wounded” were transferred to a transport aircraft with the logo of the Red Cross on its tail. According to the head of the Health Department of the Logistics Department of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), this is PLA’s first medical aircraft for transportation and evacuation. Its service will gain precious time for saving life of the wounded on battlefield.

  Following the medical workers to enter the cabin of the medical aircraft, the reporters found that the cabin was divided into ICU area and medical evacuation area, rows of specially-made multi-level sickbeds were installed, the medical workers fastened the “wounded” onto the sickbeds after medical check and classification and then they carried out such rescue actions as infusion, oxygen inhalation and vital sign monitoring. Several minutes later, the medical aircraft took off to evacuate the wounded.

  For its advantages in rapid reaction, rapid rescue and little restriction from operational area, the aviation medical rescue has become a main means for emergent medical rescue in various countries of the world. The developed countries and their militaries have already established their complete aviation medical rescue systems. The PLA modified a type of transport aircraft of its Air Force into the medical aircraft with 5 to 7 medical workers on board. It can satisfy the consecutive medical monitoring and emergent treatment for 2 seriously wounded patients and accommodate 39 wounded on stretchers and 15 wounded on seats for medical evacuation.

  The experts assessed that this medical aircraft could basically meet the demand of long-distance air transportation and medical rescue for batches of the wounded, symbolizing an important step forward of the PLA in building its aviation medical rescue system.

  By Liu Fazhong and Zhu Haoping

Editor:Zhang Qingxia

Friday, August 26, 2016

Two Y-8F-200W sold to Burma

making the Myanmar Air Force as the second operator of the 200W variant.   Eight were sold to the Venezuelan Air Force in 2013, 200W' first export win.

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