Saturday, September 17, 2016

Photos of the day: The assault of the Chinese smurf

Photos from the recent Sino-Russian "Island Seizing" Joint Sea-2016 drill depicting a coordinated assault by an infantry weapon company with elements from the 6th Tank Battalion, Amphibious Armored Regiment, 1st PLMC Brigade. 

Oh yeah, there might be Russian troops in the mist - hard to tell - because they are wearing proper camouflage

Monday, September 12, 2016

Photos of the day: Su-30MKK of the PLAAF 18th Air Division and IL-78 tanker in a "routine" drill over the Pacific

Air-launched cruise missile truck, heavy fighter escort, and AWAC, looks like a complete anti-surface strike package to me.

Chinese military aircraft in West Pacific for combat simulation drill

    Zhang Tao


BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Air Force on Monday sent multiple aircraft models to the West Pacific, via the Bashi Strait, for a routine combat simulation drill at sea, a spokesperson said.

Shen Jinke, spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the fleet included H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters, and air tankers.

The fleet conducted reconnaissance and early warning, sea surface cruising, inflight refueling, and achieved all the drill's targets.

The drill was a routine arrangement as part of the Air Force's annual training plan, and conformed to international law and practice, said Shen.

Drills at sea are common practices of coastal countries and a requirement of Chinese defense. The Chinese Air Force will organize drills at sea, off island chains at regular basis, Shen said.

The Air Force will focus on improving the quality of combat simulation drills, flying over island chains, controlling the East China Sea and cruising the South China Sea. It will also improve capability in plateau areas.

The Air Force will also speed up its advanced new military equipment system in a bid to promote strategic transformation, Shen said.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Boring logistics picture of the day: IL-78 tanker in PLAAF service.

This CCTV capture confirms that at least one of the three Ukrainian IL-78 Midas air refueling tankers is operational.  Still, the overall PLAAF tanker fleet is fairly small, consists of an additional 12 H-6U (H-6 mod).  This small fleet is capable of supporting a limited set of air operations but not a sustained campaign.

It is a start never-the-less, albeit a slow one.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

PLAN's "Joint Sea-2016" Orbat

The PLAN task-force participating in this Sino-Russian 8 days long naval drills off Southern China's Guangdong province are 2xDDG, 3xFFG, 1xLPD, 1xLST and 1xAOR.  The event is set to start Monday, Sept 12th.

Type052B Luyang class: DDG 168 "Guangzhou"

Type052C Luyang II class: DDG 151 "Zhengzhou"

Type 054A JiangKai II class:  FFG570 "Huangshan, FFG574 "Sanya" and FFG576 "Daqing"

Type071 Luzhao class: LPD998 "Kunlun Shan"

Type072A Yuting II class: LST997 "Yunwu Shan"

Type904B Dayun Class: AOR 961 "Junshanhu"

Photos of the day: Singin' in the Rain

PLAAF's current two-seat trainer aircraft line up.