Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Here comes the Tatmadaw armor

Since this blog's last entry on the Kokang conflict, the Tatmadaw has resumed its air operations and now massing IFVs and Assault Guns for a major push.   The Tatmadaw might be under-performing but they do have time, material and numbers on their side, a reality the MNDAA needs to consider.

Know Thy Self.

As pointed out by the recent RAND report "China's Incomplepete Military Transformation -- Assessing the Weakness of the People's Liberation Army" that folks in China, both civilian analysts as well as PLA Military Professionals, are well-ware of their own weaknesses and they are taking steps to correct them, albeit at a slow pace.    Building additional replenishment tankers for the Navy is a good case-in-point so are allowing PLAAF pilots free air combat training and improving training at the command level for the ground force.

The PLA has come a long way in terms of its budget and hardware, but it still lags behind in many aspects on order to be considered a "world class" military, that much is for certain.  

China Introduces Automatic Flight Assessment System For PLA Aviation Troops
Source : Our Bureau ~ Dated : Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 01:33 PM
The Air Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAAF) has introduced automatic flight quality assessment system to improve the flight training efficiency of its aviation troops.
Jointly developed by the PLAAF Armament Research Institute and related universities, the new technology for flight training quality and safety monitoring and assessment was recently applied in the annual flight data interpretation and analysis in an aviation regiment under. With this assessment system, the processing of the flight data of the whole regiment in the last 12 months was complete in only half an hour, according to China Military Online.
Without making any modification to the aircraft, this system can utilize the existing equipment mounted in the aircraft to automatically detect flight abnormalities, risky maneuvers and operation deviation and carry out automatic interpretation and analysis of the flight data, according to Liu Changwei, person-in-charge of the R&D group for the system and director of a research office with the PLAAF Armament Research Institute.
Meng Fansheng, an ace air force pilot was quoted as saying that it used to take half an hour to manually interpret the data for one-hour flight, but now, the result of the flight data analysis can be obtained within minutes. It is also able to monitor each maneuver during the flight, which will help promote detailed flight training and upgrade training efficiency.
The assessment system has now been widely promoted in the PLAAF and is also introduced to the aviation force of the PLA Navy, the report added.

Officers responsible for combat command attend concentration training in Lanzhou MAC

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-03-25

  YINCHUAN, March25 (ChinaMil) -- About 400 officers including the military officers, chiefs of staff and heads of training departments above the regiment level gathered in a troop unit on March 23 to attend a 5-day concentration training organized by the Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

  The concentration training is designed to correct the shortcomings existing in the training of basic subjects in the troops which could be described as "incomplete, non-standard, inaccurate, unskillful".

  According to the Outline for Military Training and Evaluation of the PLA, the combat troop units should carry out training of basic subjects for five and a half months each year. "The level of basic training is directly related to the combat capability and the powerful combat capability is established on the solid basic training," Cao Yimin, commander of the 21th Combined Corps told PLA Daily. He joined the officers to take part in the concentration training.

  The leading officials of the Lanzhou MAC told PLA Daily that the concentration training is expected to help improve the level of the attendees in instructing and organizing basic training, so as to promote the overall improvement of the basic training level of all the units in the military area command.

  The instructors who will give lectures or on-site demonstrations include commanding officers of divisions, battalions and companies, as well as ordinary non-commissioned officers. Most of them come from the 21th Combined Corps of the PLA.

  All the trainees are required to participate in the concentration training as ordinary soldiers, regardless of their age and ranking.

Editor:Yao Jianing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Photo of the day: A new type 094A replenishment tanker is ready to launch

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Photos of the day: A new Type 094A replenishment tanker in the work at Guangzhou's GSI shipyard

And the seventh 903A replenishment tanker reported in Nov 2014 is fitting out right around the corner.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Photo of the day: The seventh 903A replenishment tanker launched

Friday, March 20, 2015

Use the Qi, Lui

Lui, you switched off your targeting computer. What's wrong?

The faces of Kokang's MNDAA

Since 90% of Kokang's population are ethnic Han-Chinese (and their currency is the RMB), their armed struggle against the Tatmadaw is winning a great deal of sympathy inside of the People’s Republic.   Despite people’s misgiving about the MNDAA’s leader Yang Mai-liang, they’d consider foot soldiers of the MNDAA “one of the good guys”, “fighting a good fight”, if internet rants are to be believed.

A  MNDAA solider's salary is 600 RMB a month, they could make three times of that by working as laborers inside of China.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tatmadaw, without air power.

According to unverifiable local sources, the Kokang rebels scored a major victory by inflicting over 70 enemy casualties  (there are graphic photos of the body-count elsewhere) belonging to the Tatmadaw 66th Light Infantry Division two days ago.  The rebels credited their victory by the absence of the Myanmar air force

Kokang rebels fighting against Myanmar’s army captured a government position near the country’s border with China on Wednesday, killing seven Myanmar soldiers while losing two rebel fighters, local sources told RFA’s Mandarin Service.

Government forces shifted to using ground forces and artillery to attack the rebels after an incident last week in which Myanmar’s air force mistakenly dropped bombs on Chinese territory, killing four sugar cane farmers and drawing a stern warning from China.

"Gun battles continued from last night until dawn as the Myanmar military launched an artillery bombardment against rebels. Even though we don’t know where the government force is targeting, but we can hear explosions from heavy artillery fires,” said a Kokang border area resident who gave only his surname, Yuan.

“There are no more Myanmar military air planes in the sky, however. They might fear Chinese fighter jets,” he told RFA, referring to sorties China’s military has been staging in response to the cross-border attack on March 1

30471, the first known serial number of PLAAF's KJ-500

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Photo of the day: KJ-500 AWAC in service with the PLAAF.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

First Showing: KJ500 AWACS prototype

After a successful introduction of 11 KJ200 "Balance Beam" mid-size AWAC into PLAN-AF and PLAAAF service, the Chinese military is switching gear to a fixed rotodome based approach for housing their three ASEA radars. 

Photo credit goes to stoneinsky.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Newly constructed KJ-200 AWAC spotted.

Notice the extra "antennas" on top of the cockpit.

The current KJ-200 service model. Notice there are no antennas in the "forehead"