Saturday, August 19, 2017

118th Combined-Arms Brigade (合成第118旅) "Tempest Division", 80th Group Army, Northern Threater Command on the move

Photo credit goes to Andrew KC

This Chinese "Stryker brigade combat team (SBCT)" like outfit was reformed from the old 118th Light Mech Infantry Brigade 3 months ago.  It is now ready for field deployment. 

ZBL09 30mm 8x8 IFV
ZBL09 Ambulance 

ZTL09 8x8 105mm Mobile Gun
 ZTL09 8x8 105mm Mobile Gun
 ZTL09 8x8 105mm Mobile Gun

 ZBL09 APC 12.7mm HMG
 ZBL09 APC 12.7mm HMG

 Heavy ATGM (ZSL-02B) Red-Arrow 09
 HQ-7B, point defense SAM
 SAT-Comm Command APC

Monday, August 14, 2017

Photos of the day: H-6K "god of war" with a large aerial refueling nose-probe

in a similar configuration as the RAF's Vulcan bomber.  Perhaps the PLA high command is inspired by Vulcan's conventional attacks against the Argentinian forces during the 1982 Falkland war,  and wanting a bomber with similar capacities.  Nevertheless, a inflight refuelable H-6K would provide a greater range of "options" when dealing with island issues, just like the RAF back in 1982.  Especially in light of the fact that H-6K is now patrolling the South China Sea as a "New Normal" (here)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

H-6K going ole school.

H-6K, China's only long-range strategic bomber is better known for carrying six CJ-10A cruise missiles geared for long-range and stand-off attacks.  It also made news recently for its "routine" drills over the West Pacific.   What is being overlooked here is its ole-school, iron bomb payload --  increased by the pair of Soloviev D-30 turbofans and extra fuel capacity -- it's 9-ton can of whoop ass can make short work of any "new structure" in the South China Sea.


Case-in-point:  Cavite, Luzon Island, Philippines after being bombed by American B-24 Liberators, January 1945 
Before and After

CCTV capture of the day: Another "routine" drill over the West Pacific, this time with more than 40 birds

It seems another "routine package" of H-6K with KD-20/DF-10K long-range cruise missiles,  KJ-2000 Mainring AWAC and, Il-78 tankers and Su-30MKK heavy fighters. 

China Air Force Conducts West Pacific Drill, Patrols ADIZ

    Dong Zhaohui


NANJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Air Force on Sunday sent more than 40 aircraft of various types to the West Pacific, via the Miyako Strait, for a routine drill on the high seas, a spokesperson said.

Shen Jinke, spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the fleet, including H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters, and air tankers, conducted reconnaissance and early warning, attacks on sea surface targets, and in-flight refueling to test the Air Force's fighting capacity on the high seas.

Bombers and fighters of the PLA Air Force also conducted routine patrol in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the spokesperson said at an east China airport.

Shen said routine drills in the West Pacific and patrols in the East China Sea ADIZ are conducted "in accordance with the needs of the Air Force to defend national sovereignty and security, as well as to maintain peaceful development."

Since the East China Sea ADIZ was set up nearly three years ago, the Air Force has kept regular patrols.

The Air Force will continue patrolling in the East China Sea ADIZ to uphold the legitimate rights and interests of China. It will keep conducting various training to improve its combat capacity, Shen said.

Monday, March 30, 2015

H-6K conducted its first long-range maritime strike exercise in the West Pacific

PLA Air Force conducts first training in West Pacific

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-03-30

  BEIJING, March 30 (ChinaMil) -- In order to promote its maneuvering combat capability, the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) for the first time organized its aviation troops to go to the airspace above the West Pacific Ocean to carry out military training, Shen Jinke, spokesman of the PLA Air Force, said in south China’s Guangzhou province on March 30, 2015.

  The warplanes of the PLA Air Force flew to the West Pacific for training via the Bashi Channel on March 30 and returned on the same day after finishing the training and achieving the given goal, according to Shen.

  Training in the airspace far from China is an effective way for the PLA Air Force to temper its combat capability and also a common practice of world powers' air forces, Col. Shen said.

  Shen said that the military training in the airspace above the Western Pacific by the PLA Air Force is a routine arrangement of the annual training plan for the PLA Air Force and also a normal requirement of China's national defense construction.

  Shen pointed out that this training by the PLA Air Force complies with relevant international laws and practices, is not aimed at any country or target and poses no threat to any country or region.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Photo of the day: The aggressor H-6K practicing a low-level penetration bomb run against a PLAAF anti-defense brigade during a confrontational drill

The newsworthy of this picture is not the low-level penetration bomb run -- which the K model is primarily designed to perform -- rather the serial number of 11193 confirming that the PLAAF 8th Bomber Division now has at least 14 H-6K (god of war) model in its orbat.

The other H-6K unit is the PLAAF 10th bomber division


Sunday, November 17, 2013

PLAAF "in the news" of the day: H-6K, god-of-war (small g)

 H-6K bombers delivered to PLA Air Force

By Chen Boyuan, June 22, 2013

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force recently received 15 H-6K bombers with nuclear capabilities, according to British military digest Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The H-6K, an updated version of the H-6 bomber, is a medium-sized craft designed for long-range attacks, stand-off attacks and large-area air patrol. Unlike its predecessor, the H-6K can carry cruise missiles under its wings. The H6-K also maneuvers more deftly than the H-6 and requires a smaller crew to operate. Jane’s Defence was the first media outlet to confirm that the H6-K had formally entered active service.

The most visible departure from the H-6 is the H6-K’s nose, where a nose randome has replaced a navigation cabin. Military expert Fu Qianshao said that the H6-K’s nose should greatly improve avionics, search and detection, navigation, fire control and weapon precision.

Fu said that the H-6K has a larger engine inlet than does the H-6, which may mean that the newer bomber’s engines have greater thrust. If so, the H-6K would also have a greater maximum takeoff weight and payload than the H-6. A more favorable weight-to-thrust ratio would improve fuel efficiency and lengthen cruising range, Fu said.

H-6K reportedly has a combat radius of 3,500 KM. The nuclear-capable Changjian (long sword)-10 cruise missiles it carries have a range of 1,500-2,000 KM, effectively extending the bomber’s combat range to 4,000-5,000 KM - long enough to reach Okinawa, Guam and even Hawaii from China’s mainland.

Analysts stipulated that PLA Air Force missiles be able to reach Taiwan, southwestern Japan and Guam, a range of control that requires a 3,000-KM combat radius and powerful attack capability. Only the combined combat radii of the H6-K and Changjian-10 currently satisfy the length requirement.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

PLA orbat update, Southern Theater Command (74th and 75th GA)


41st Group Army74th Group Army1st Combined-Arms Brigade

16th Combined-Arms Brigade

125th Combined-Arms Brigade

132nd Combined-Arms Brigade

154th Combined-Arms Brigade

163th Combined-Arms Brigade

74th Air-Defense Brigade

74th Artillery Brigade

74th Special Ops Brigade

74th Joint Logistics Support Brigade

74th Engineering Brigade

42nd Group Army75th Group Army31st Combined-Arms Brigade

32nd Combined-Arms Brigade

37th Combined-Arms Brigade

42nd Combined-Arms Brigade

122th Combined-Arms Brigade

123rd Combined-Arms Brigade

121st Air-Assault Brigade

75th Air-Defense Brigade

75th Artillery Brigade

75th Special Ops Brigade

75th Joint Logistics Support Brigade

75th Engineering Brigade



 Thursday, July 27, 2017

PLA orbat update, ex31st Group Army / 73rd Group Army

Again, credit goes to Andrew KC, both photos and updates.

31st Group Army73rd Group Army3rd Combined-Arms Brigade

14th Combined-Arms Brigade

86th Combined-Arms Brigade

91st Combined-Arms Brigade

92nd Combined-Arms Brigade

73rd Special Ops Brigade

73rd Air-Defense Brigade

73rd Artillery Brigade

The 86th Motorized Division of the former 31st GA has been re-organized into two brigades.  One of the brigades here is the 86th Combined-Arms Brigade (合成第86旅) of the 73rd GA, and most of its assets came from the armored regiment of the former 86th Division.   So far the Armored Infantry Battalion's ZBD04's from the former 91st Motorized Division have been consolidated into this new brigade.

 The new 86th Combined-Arms Brigade on the move

 The former 3rd Motorized Infantry Brigade of the former 1st GA is now subordinate to the newly formed 73rd GA.  It is now called the 3rd Combined Arms Brigade (合成第3旅).

The 91st Motorized Infantry Division of the former 31st GA is now the 91st Combined-Arms Brigade (合成第91旅) of the 73rd GA.  The unit is taking on amphibious role with hand-me-down Type 63A amphibious light tanks.  91st's four Combined-Arms Battalions (合成1,2,3,4营) are equipped with  2 companies of Type 63A each.

 91st Combined-Arms Brigade

 91st Combined-Arms Brigade
14th Combined-Arms Brigade 合成第14旅 was the 14th Amphibious Armored Brigade, 31GA, Nanjing MR at Zhangzhou

 14th Amphibious Armored Brigade

The AD Brigade of the former 31st GA is now the 73rd Air-Defense Brigade (防空第73旅) of the 73rd GA

 HQ-16 SAM
 The Artillery Brigade of the former 31st GA is now the 73rd Artillery Brigade (炮兵第73旅) of the 73rd GA.

73rd Artillery Brigade's two AFT-09 long-range ATGM battalions. 

Saturday, July 01, 2017

PLA orbat update (July 1st 2017)

Special Thanks to Andrew KC for the update.

- The 127th Division of the former 54th GA has been split up into 2 brigades.  One of them is the 127th Combined-Arms Brigade and is based upon the old 379th Mechanized Regiment.

-  The former 132nd Motorized Infantry Brigade, Hainan MD, Guangzhou MR is now the 132nd Combined-Arms Brigade (合成第132旅) of the 74th GA

 - The 188th Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the former 27th GA is now the 188th Combined Arms Brigade (合成第188旅) of the 82nd GA.

PLA orbat update (71st, 72nd and 73rd Group Armies)

Theater Command
Old DesignationNew DesignationLine Units

Eastern TC
12th Group Army71st Group Army2nd Combined-Arms Brigade

35th Combined-Arms Brigade

160th Combined-Arms Brigade

178th Combined-Arms Brigade

179th Combined-Arms Brigade

235th Combined-Arms Brigade

1st Group Army72nd Group Army5th Combined-Arms Brigade

10th Combined-Arms Brigade

34th Combined-Arms Brigade

85th Combined-Arms Brigade

90th Combined-Arms Brigade

124th Combined-Arms Brigade

31st Group Army73rd Group Army3rd Combined-Arms Brigade

14th Combined-Arms Brigade

86th Combined-Arms Brigade

91st Combined-Arms Brigade

92nd Combined-Arms Brigade

73rd Special Ops Brigade

Southern TC
41st Group Army74th Group Army

42nd Group Army75th Group Army

14th Group ArmyDecommissioned

Western TC
21st Group Army76th Group Army

13rd Group Army77th Group Army

47th Group ArmyDecommissioned

Northern TC
16th Group Army78th Group Army

39th Group Army79th Group Army

26th Group Army80th Group Army

40th Group ArmyDecommissioned

Central TC
65th Group Army81st Group Army

38th Group Army82nd Group Army

54th Group Army83rd Group Army

20th Group ArmyDecommissioned

27th Group ArmyDecommissioned