Saturday, July 04, 2015

Photos of the day: On board PLAN's Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 868

Since PLAN's Yuzhao class LPD is not large enough to house Zubr LCAC,  it makes sense for the PLAN to utilize the MLP to launch those "European bison". 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Coming soon, a Chinese Mobile Landing Platform (MLP).

This Chinese Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) H1138 is smaller than its USN counterpart; weighting in about 50,000 tons, USNS Montford Point in comparison weighting in about 34,500 tons.  This small size could suggest a limited role to only supporting float-on/float-off amphibious operations and not for long range force deployment and resupply.  USN’s MLP, on the other hand, is designed with those mission profiles in mind:  it’s MLP1 and MLP2 provision 25,000 square feet of vehicle and equipment stowage space and 380,000 gallons of fuel storage in addition to the support of 3 LCAC lanes.

Frankly speaking, until the PLAN processes additional LCACs, it is difficult to see the need for a bigger MLP. 

I think I need a bigger MLP

MLP concept from the USN.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Photos of the day: Zubr 3325、3326

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PLAN commission of the day: First Zubr LCAC 3325 commissioned.


Friday, July 03, 2015

Photos of the day: PLAN standard lunch box

Better than MRE... that's not saying much

Orbat of the day: 4th Armored Brigade, 16th Group Army, Shanyang MR.

Finally traded in those old Type59s for some real heavy metal, so now all four its armored battalions are powered by face the might of the DPRK military.  


Old Type59 of 3rd Battalion in the mud.

1st Armored Battalion, serial number 1xx, totaling 31 Type99  

2nd Armored Battalion, serial number 2xx, totaling 31 Type99

3rd Armored Battalion, serial number 3xx, totaling 31 Type99

4th Armored Battalion, serial number 4xx, totaling 31 Type99