(TibetanReview.net, Aug18, 2018) – China said Aug 16 that a digital combat unit of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had conducted live-fire drills at an altitude of over 4,000 metres on the Tibetan Plateau, with its military experts cited as saying it showcased the country’s determination to build a victorious army. The report said the exact location of the drill was not identified and it was claimed to be not targeted at any particular country.
India, of course, remains the only obvious target of any Chinese military exercises in the region.
Hundreds of military vehicles carrying advanced weaponry including drones, early warning radar, howitzers and air defence missiles participated in the PLA maneuver, China Central Television (CCTV) was stated to have reported Aug 11.
The PLA digital combat unit is able to independently perform counter fire missions including anti-tank and air defence tasks, the report was cited as saying.
The artillery strike was stated to be able to destroy nearly 80 percent of targets after a first round of shooting, before it took out the rest with additional fire.
The drills mainly tested the complete digital combat system in the extreme environment, the official globaltimes.com Aug 16 cited Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military expert and TV commentator, as saying.
He has said such drills were not targeted against any particular nation near the area, but, rather, formed part of China’s bigger plan to build a strong army capable of winning a war in all weathers and territories. He has added that almost all units will regularly practice in the area.
CCTV was reported to have quoted Xu Dingguo, an army officer, as saying the digital command system allowed the battlefield information to cover every part of the unit at all stages of combat.