The level of Chinese military training will be raised to actual combat standard to improve the army's capabilities, according to a guidance issued by the country's military leadership.
The Central Military Commission (CMC) issued the guidance after approval by Xi Jinping, Chinese president and chairman of the commission.
The guidance outlined concepts, principles, major tasks and measures to raise the military training level.
The guidance said strengthening combat readiness should be viewed as a top priority. It also called for improved mechanisms for training.
The guidance clarified tasks that need to be carried out for improving standards and stressed that problems in military training should be addressed through mechanisms and systems with innovative ideas and measures.
Xi heads a leading group for deepening reform on national defense and the military and he stressed military reform should be guided by the objective of building a strong army in the first plenary meeting of the group.
Problem is, when your troops do not train with their new stuff, they are unlikely to be proficient with them if push comes to shove.
But this seems to be a problem that is being adressed now:
So, hopefully, we will finally see more PLA troops train with new stuff and with full gear in the future.
Somalia? I've never heard of PLA or PLAN special troops in that country.China is not about to go to war and does not have plans to prepare for such a conflict. Thus, there is no need for it to equip its troops with top-of-the-line equipment that will ultimately expire. If they can go about their learning curve with older equipment that are less costly, their job is done, not to mention older equipment often elicit more rigorous training as opposed to advanced technology.
Besides, there are tons of pictures of PLA and PLAN special troops in Somalia that are equipped with very modern stuff.
If push comes to shove, there is no doubt, with the current level of Chinese industrial capability, that the military would be able to refurbish most of its troops with stuff like PLZ04, FK-1000, SY-400, WS-2D, etc, that are usually not seen in great numbers.
So people should not be complaining how the PLA is not equipping itself with advanced equipment that is usually offered for export.
Chinese marines in recent exercise with HJ-8.
Would be probably good idea to put HJ-8L launcher to service since it's much more lighter... must be a bitch to carry that older variant around.