New Chinese Missiles on Display

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by AndyPipkin, Sep 9, 2009.

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  1. They're certainly making great technological strides-I wonder if their training and C3 is keeping pace?
     
  2. Wheres SmartAsCarrots? He usually has soemthing sensible to say on chinese topics...
     
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    This digital camo seems to be the in this for the PLA, almost all the vehicles at the rehersal from missile launchers to APCs to MBT's had it.


    I have more of these pics if anyone wants them?
     
  4. These kinds of things generally are not entirely what they seem. IIRC, at the 1999 show the missiles on parade were sheet steel tubes, not because they didn't have real ones but because they didn't want anyone looking at the real thing. The PLA's capabilities are improving in leaps and bounds, but it's going to be a few years before they have a western level of capability above Div level. Their defence industry is providing some decent kit these days but developing the doctrine to use it, getting people trained according to that doctrine and then establishing a suitable mindset at all levels all takes time.

    More important than the kit is the structural adjustments they're making. They're going fully professional for the first time ever and have only recently reintroduced the professional NCO ranks and an appropriate training regime. This has allowed them to cut the numbers of officers to something sensible, and spend the money elsewhere - like textile exporters, Red Army veterans homes, toy factories and all the other traditional targets of Chinese defence funding. :)

    ICBMs are a fairly minor concern to the PLA, the recent exercises across country were much more important to their development.
     
  5. "This is a sign they are sending a message to Washington that they have a counterstrike capability," said Andrei Chang, China defense analyst, Kanwa Information Center."

    It is interesting that they have gone for this method of land-based assets rather than SLBM - it is cheaper but more vulnerable. ISTR that their SSBN programme is behind schedule. Operating on the premise that the PLA won't waste that much money deliberately it could mean that the SSBN programme is wll behind schedule or they are concentrating on SSN's.
     
  6. SmartAsCarrots- as I understand it, the PLA is moving toward a brigade based structure, with the CoC going Group Army-Bde-Bn, are they entirely abandoning the divisional level or are they retaining some divisions alongside bdes? Also higher levels of command-are Military Regions (eg Shenyang, Guangzhong) still operational commands, or is their role purely administrative/logistic now? I've seen reference to a 'Theatre War Command' somewhere, as a step toward a theatre-level joint forces command, was this just an experiment or is it part of their doctrine now?
     
  7. would be great if you can especially if one is of the new MBT or UAV's they have
     
  8. Pictures if three Jin SSBNs at Hainan Dao last year would seem to indicate otherwise, unless they are having problems with the SLBMs or with operating the Jins.
     
  9. A much more politicalized mind set...? Land based ICBM's can be secured by land forces in the case of unrest. A Nuke SSBN, by it's very nature, is out of reach and unfindable once at sea.
     
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    Unfortunately no Type-99G2's..... :( guess htey are not finished with testing yet.
     
  11. cheers either way :) great photos
     
  12. Glad to see China getting stronger. They will soon be able to prop up America so that the Brits can have a wee rest.
     
  13. They also have the luxury of a very large country into which they can silo delpoy their ICBMs. Also they don't seem to have a problem with NIMBY's :)
     
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