Advances in PLA training, readiness-level, jointness across various service branches


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This board focuses a lot on technical advances China makes in terms of new equipment. However, there is a lack of information here about reforms, advances in PLA training in various services.

For example, how good is the PLA fighter pilot training compared to US and other western countries? How many flight hours do pilots get?

Regarding the ground forces, how realistic are the exercises compared to US. How does PLA tactics differ from US? Education level of PLA recruits and changes and advances made in recruiting more educated soldiers.

Then there is the concept of jointness which is heavily emphasized in US. How much advancement has been in this field compared to US and other advanced countries?

There is a gap in knowledge about PLA's training and tactical reforms. As we know, having good hardware is nothing if training and organizational strength is lacking. So, we need to know more about these advances in order to truly understand PLA capabilities.

I hope knowledgeable people can inform us about this topic.


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I have an interesting report from PLA Daily to share.
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"The worst record" forces out "The best performance" of equipment
"First shot Missed", "Second shot Missed", "Third shot Missed"...... in a strange and complex area of Gobi desert, a new vehicle mounted artillery of a brigade of the 74th group army ushered in the live ammunition test. No one thought that the assessment result was beyond everyone's expectation: only two rounds of 20 shells hit the target, which not only far lower than the data given by the manufacturer, but also set the worst record since the establishment of the brigade.

Some officers and soldiers questioned on the spot: "is it too fast to organize shooting under extreme conditions in less than a month after the new artillery was equipped?" Some officers and soldiers, for safety reasons, suggested that the assessment should be suspended until the reasons were found out. Along with the support of the manufacturer's technical personnel remind: "this shooting, the shooting is the limit distance and extreme weather conditions, the target size is only a quarter of that of the fixed test firing, if the difficulty is reduced, it should be able to play a good data."

In the face of the voices of all parties, the brigade's command leading group held a meeting at the scene of the artillery position. Everyone agreed that it was impossible to improve the core combat capability of the brigade. Although the manufacturer's data is authoritative, the army needs operational data close to the actual combat rather than shooting data.

"The next day! With the same shooting distance, weather conditions and target size, everything is still set according to the actual combat requirements. " In the face of the command post's the final decision, battalion commander Zhou Jianhai issued a military order: "If we cannot meet the assessment criteria tomorrow, I'm willing to accept disciplinary action."

According to years of experience in artillery command, Zhou Jianhai took two bullets on target as a breakthrough. On the Gobi desert, he led the technical backbone and battalion company commanders to find problems one by one. In the evening, Zhou Jianhai finally locked in the Crux: there was a mistake in the manual re aiming link.

Zhou Jianhai boldly proposed to cancel the manual re aiming. The brigade leader asked him how certain he was. He replied, "although there is no absolute certainty, how can we know whether it is right or wrong if we don't try it?" Manual re aiming is not only a means to ensure accurate gun adjustment and accurate strike, but also an insurance measure to prevent gun firing from deviation from the maximum firing range. Zhou Jianhai knows that canceling manual re aiming needs to bear certain risks. In the face of the risk, the brigade command leading group made a final decision: "try boldly, and command leading group to take responsibility if there is any problem!"

The data are the best proof. In the next day's live fire, the hit rate of the gun after canceling the manual re aiming increased to more than 86%. The analysis shows that the new gun has high degree of automation, strong ability of automatic adjustment and correction, but manual re aiming is easy to lead to error.

"Do a good job in the corresponding security precautions, then try boldly." With this successful experience, the brigade's command leading group encouraged officers and soldiers to be bold in innovation and bold in trial and error. On the same day, the brigade specially took out two guns and multiple rounds of ammunition to verify more than 10 conjectures. It not only obtained the data not available in the equipment manual and textbook, but also mastered the optimal performance of the new gun.

The discipline and tactics of new equipment also need bold innovation and bold trial and error. As soon as a long-range fire weapon system of the brigade has completed upgrading and transformation, it has participated in cross regional maneuvering exercise and a major live ammunition exercise. During the exercise, more than half of the training methods and tactics were put into practice for the first time.

"Although some training methods and tactics have exposed many problems in live ammunition exercises, and even have not been fully integrated into the new weapon system, it is because of constant attempts and improvements that we have made considerable progress." Far fire camp commander Fu Wenxuan said.

It is understood that during the months long resident training exercises, the brigade carried out research and training on three new types of main combat equipment, carried out research and training on more than 20 key and difficult subjects, and more than 10 new training methods and tactics passed the actual combat test and were widely promoted.