Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Photos of the day: J20 prototype 2017 conducts its maiden flight

The introduction of J20 prototype "2017" marks a total 8 prototypes currently available for testing. Time will tell if this is the last prototype coming out of Chengdu Aerospace Corporation before pre-production small-batch run commenced.

2011 vs 2017, the "nose comparison" 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

J20 prototype 2016 rolled out.at Chengdu

Making it the 7th prototype overall.  Also noted is the new DSI-bump.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

J20 prototype 2015 conducts its maiden flight

Other J-20 prototypes that are still flying

Army's new LSM to support South China Sea Garrisons

The South China Sea is traditionally the PLAN's Area of Responsibility (AOR), just hope this new army insertion is part of a greater collaboration between different service branches and not a rivalry brewing underneath.

At any rate, the material commitment by the PLA Ground Force only reinforces the Chinese commitment to the South China Sea dispute.  

New ship to ferry supplies to S. China Sea
Source: China Daily Editor: Zhang Tao
2015-11-25 09:200

New ship to ferry supplies to S. China Sea

The ground force of the People's Liberation Army commissioned its largest ship in Sansha, Hainan province, on Monday, planning to use it to transport materials to islands in the South China Sea.

PLA Daily, the military's newspaper, reported on its website on Tuesday that the ship is a new-generation logistics support vessel for the PLA Army. It is 90 meters long and has a full-load displacement of 2,700 metric tons, making it the largest ship in the Army's watercraft fleet, the report said, without revealing the vessel's designated class.

The ship is capable of ferrying heavy-duty weapons and accommodating a helicopter. It will be used to transport supplies, weapons and equipment to places in the South China Sea and to conduct search and rescue operations there, the newspaper said.

Photos released on the website show the ship bearing a designation of GY820, which indicates it belongs to the Guangzhou Military Command.

Cao Weidong, a researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told China Daily that Army soldiers guard many islands in the South China Sea and that transporting their living necessities is the Army's responsibility.

"Compared with the Navy's logistics support vessels, which mainly supply combat ships at sea, the Army only uses such ships to transport materials to soldiers stationed on islands, so their ships are smaller and have fewer weapons," he said.

According to earlier reports, the PLA Shenyang Military Command received a ship of the same class in November last year.

Footage broadcast by China Central Television showed that the Shenyang Military Command ship can carry at least one Type 99 main battle tank, which weighs around 60 metric tons, and several trucks.

CCTV quoted Colonel Zhang Xichun, head of shipping operations at the Shenyang Military Command, as saying that, compared with other transport ships of the PLA Army, the new vessel has a higher speed and takes less time to load and unload.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A new Amy (not Navy) Landing Ship Medium (LSM) undergo sea trials

A newbuilt ship of an entirely new type for the PLA Ground Forces is currently running sea trials in the Sea of Bohai. It was launched at the Army’s Songliao Shipard at Dalian in August 2013.

Officially described as an Army Ro/Ro Transport, it is really a Landing Ship Medium (LSM), equipped with the with the typical kedging anchor of landing ships, even though the bulbous bow would preclude the ship from beaching.

The ship is equipped with both bow and stern ramps and a short helicopter platform aft.  The armament consists of four twin 14.5 mm guns, two forward and two aft. Twin funnels indicate  twin-screw propulsion; in addition, it has a bow thruster for improved maneuvrability.The lifting capacity is probably a mechanised infantry company.

The ship is a striking departure from the Type 271III YUWEI class Landing Craft Tank (LCT) that has been building for decades for the Army, and of which there currently are some 85 in service with the Army’s landing craft units. The dark grey colour, too, is a departure from the usual blue of Army vessels.

It is not known if the new ship will go into series production nor which unit will operate the new ship. In view of its experimental nature, a good possibility would be the Ship Squadron (Unit 73502) at Dongshandao, attached to the Nanjing MR Amphibious Training Base.

Songlia Shipyard built another unique ship in 2012, the training vessel AL201 belonging to the Training Squadron of the Army/Air Force Navigation School at Zhenjiang. That ship was based on the Sea Police’s Hai Jing 31101 PUDONG (Type 718).

-- franco-russe

Monday, November 23, 2015

Photos of the day: J-11 of the 6th Air Regiment, 2nd PLAAF Diviision in Thailand

Spokesperson: Chinese, Thai air forces deepen cooperation via joint exercises
Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2015-11-23 17:390

Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, receives an interview in southwest China's Yunnan Province on November 22, 2015.

BEIJING, November 23 (ChinaMil) -- Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesperson for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA )Air Force, said in Yunnan Sunday that upon the invitation of the Thai Air Force, the Bayi Aerobatic Team of the PLA Air Force flew to Thailand on November 22 to perform acrobatic flights at the closing ceremony of the "Eagle Strike-2015" joint training exercise between Chinese and Thai air forces.

It was the third time that the Bayi Aerobatic Team performed in foreign countries after the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon in 2013 and the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in 2015.

Seven J-10 planes of the Bayi Aerobatic Team took off at an airport in Yunnan at 9:00 on November 22, Beijing time, and arrived at the Korat air base in Thailand at about 10:00, local time. It is learnt that the Bayi Acrobatic Team is scheduled to put on two flying performances at the closing ceremony of the "Eagle Strike-2015" joint training exercise between China-Thailand air forces. Lt. Gen. Zhuang Kezhu, commander of the air force under the PLA Beijing MAC, saw off the Bayi Aerobatic Team on the same day. He said that China and Thailand are friendly neighbors.

As Bayi Aerobatic Team's first acrobatic performance in a Chinese-foreign air forces joint training exercise, the trip to Thailand will help display the PLA Air Force's "open, confident and cooperative" image and enhance the mutual trust and friendship between Chinese and Thai air forces, Zhuang added.

According to Shen Jinke, the "Eagle Strike-2015" joint training exercise, which kicked off at Thailand's Korat air base on November 12, has enhanced the mutual learning and understanding between the aviation troops of the two air forces and deepened the practical cooperation between Chinese and Thai militaries.

Shen expressed that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Thailand. The two countries have enjoyed long-standing friendship and their air forces have carried out a series of military exchanges and achieved great results in recent years.

After the PLA Air Force Bayi Acrobatic Team ended the performance at LIMA in March 2015, it flew back to China via Thailand, and the Thai Air Force assigned JAS 39 Griffin fighters to escort the team, demonstrating the sound cooperation between the Chinese and Thai air forces, Shen added.

Maj. Gen. Feng Aiwang, commanding officer of the PLA Air Force's acrobatic performance in Thailand, said in an interview at the Korat air base that the flying performance demonstrated the competence of Chinese pilots and the performance of aviation equipment, reflected the spirit and culture of the PLA Air Force, and witnessed the friendship between the two nations.

Feng continued that the Bayi Acrobatic Team designed 19 acrobatic moves according to the features of the airport environment and developed four schemes based on the meteorological conditions, so as to present an amazing "sky dance" for the Thai people.

"The PLA Air Force is willing to strength the exchanges and cooperation with foreign air forces and make active contributions to the lofty cause of peace and development of the human society", according to the spokesperson.

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.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Photos of the day: PAP's anti-terror operation in Xinjing

Twenty-eight Terrorists Killed in 56-day Hunt in Xinjiang
   2015-11-20 11:43:50    Xinhua      Web Editor: Qian Shanming

Xinjiang police have succeeded in disbanding a terrorist group after 56 days of fighting and fleeing during a manhunt in the far West Chinese region.

On Sept. 18, a group of armed men attacked a coal mine in Baicheng county of Aksu prefecture, killing 11 civilians, three policemen and two para-police members and injuring 18 others, according to a statement from the publicity department of Xinjiang.

They later escaped into the mountains. Police then began a daily manhunt that involved more than 10,000 citizens and police searching an area of 1,300 square kilometers.

By Nov. 12, 28 members of the group had been killed during back and forth gun fights with police. One surrendered.

The terrorist group was directly guided by an overseas extremists group and led by two local Xinjiang males named Musa Tohniyaz and Mamat Aysa, the statement said, adding the name of the organization cannot be disclosed as investigations are still underway.

"In 2008, members of the group began watching videos containing messages of religious extremism, gradually reinforcing their extreme beliefs," the statement said.

Before they committed the killing, the group contacted overseas extremist organizations six times. They contacted them again for guidance while on the run from police.

"The overseas extremists gave orders and demanded they pledge allegiance," the statement said.