Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PLAAF Airborne's new assault brigade

12 months after the last great PLA orbat reform, CCTV airs its first report on PLAAF's assault brigade thus confirming its existence.   Source (here)

央视网消息:作为国防和军队改革后组建的新质作战力量,日前,组建刚刚一年的空军空降兵某空中突击旅首次亮相练兵场,开展多机型伞降训练和空地协同训练,迈开了由传统伞降部队向多能空中突击部队转型的坚实步伐














Saturday, April 29, 2017

15th Airborne Corps' new ORBAT

The CMC decommissioned three divisional headquarters (43rd, 44th and 45th) on April 19th,  their regiments are now reformed into 6 brigades (127th, 128th, 130th, 131st, 133rd, and 134th) directly under the corps headquarters .   Additionally,  there will be a new SpOps Brigade , a Strategic Support Brigade (Engineering, Communication, etc) and an Aviation Brigade(Fixed And Rotary Wing Aircraft) bringing to a total of 9 line brigades. 


Sunday, January 19, 2014


PR Photos of the day: Vertical assault of an PLAAF airborne battalion combined arms battlegroup












Monday, January 18, 2010


15th Airborne Corps (ABC) is testing their vertical envelopment/air mobility capability

The 15th ABC's organic helicopter regiment was first revealed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake rescue work and then by a high profile fly-by during the 60th national day celebration.

It is now time for the 15th to test its newly found air mobility assault capability in a large military exercise. The advantage of air mobile assault over airdrop are many: ranging from entire unit delivery in one place--which immediately allows combat-readiness, precision resupply landings, to on-station fire support from helicopter gunships. In time, it will be interesting to see if a small portion of the 15th ABC will be converted into air-cavalry to enhance the corps' mission profile.

Airborne troops in training

(Source: China Military Online) 2010-01-18
http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/photo-reports/2010-01/18/content_4119686.htm
Air-ground coordination

   Since the beginning of the training of the new year, a troop unit of the airborne force under the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has organized the comprehensive exercise of live shell, actual-airdrop and actual-explosion strictly in accordance with the new Outline of Military Training and Evaluation. During the exercise, it stressed training on such subjects as command and control, airborne landing and airdrop, fire strike and comprehensive support, in a bid to enhance the core military capability of the troops. Shown in the pictures are some scenes of the troop unit in training.

  By Wang Haitao

Editor:Yang Ru
















PR photos of the day: Liaoning's routine exercise at Bashi Channel in the western Pacific

PR exercise photos taken after the grand naval review







Photos of the day: Night flight training, 80th LH Briagde

Note the Digital Helmet-Mounted Display with fully digital integrated night vision sight.








Sunday, April 22, 2018

CV17 prepares her first sea trials

Crowd gathers in Qingdao to witness CV17 prepares her first sea trials.




Photo of the day: 73rd LH Brigade (former 10th LH Regiment), the first PLA operator of the new WZ-19 millimeter wave radar platform variant

Maintenance men assigned to an army aviation brigade under the PLA 73rd Group Army conduct phase maintenance on Z-19 attack helicopters on April 9, 2018. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Li Shilong)



Thursday, April 05, 2018

Photos of the day: WZ-19 millimeter wave radar platform variant inducted into PLA Army Aviation service

This Chinese "AH-64D Apache Light" variant featuring a millimeter wave radar platform similar to that of An/APG-78 Longbow made its first pubic debut at the 2017 China Helicopter Expo.   The new millimeter wave radar is geared to improve WZ19's target acquisition as well as its reconnaissance capability.

Existing WZ-19 already in service can be retrofitted with this new millimeter wave radar enhancement in due course.


Photo credit goes to DS北风