PLAN Strategy in the Taiwan Strait


yungho

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You probably heard of Lyle Goldstein or read one of his articles.

The ideas of taking the smaller islands, Kinmen and Penghu, or a blockade make no sense to me. Why would the Chinese want to delay the inevitable even further? The best case scenario for China is a successful invasion that forces the Taiwanese government to negotiate for peace. That way they don't drag out the conflict and achieve their goals of bring Taiwan back into the fold, even if they give Taiwan some concessions. I assume the Chinese would rather have that, then a long drawn out blockade that gives ample time for the US to respond. I'm glad the former admiral brought that up.

I think the US is doing everything right and there is few options that are realistic that they are missing. Missiles in the second island chain are a good idea, but why would Japan agree? Japanese involvement would frankly increase support for the war.
 

Hendrik_2000

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Interesting apparently PLAN is readying a module port for Taiwan invasion for full article click the link. So with this modular pier you can use Roro as amphibious transport
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CIVILIAN SHIPPING: FERRYING THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY ASHORE​

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By Michael Dahm and Conor M. Kennedy

The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has been increasing its ability to use civilian roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) ferries to move troops and equipment ashore in amphibious landing operations. In August 2020, the PLA conducted a cross-sea mobility evolution using RO-RO ferries. Exercise Eastern Transportation-Projection 2020A (东部运投—2020A) was unique in that it discharged military vehicles from RO-RO ferries directly onto a beach using a modular floating pier. Commercial satellite imagery of a PLA amphibious exercise area in late-summer 2021 revealed that the PLA may have developed an improved floating pier system to support amphibious operations. These capabilities, components of what the U.S. Navy calls “joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS),” allows the PLA to use civilian vessels to move large amounts of military equipment into unimproved amphibious landing areas without port infrastructure. A Chinese mobile pier system like those observed in these exercises may have particular application for the PLA in an invasion of Taiwan.

The PLA has been using
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for many years, moving military forces and equipment up and down the Chinese coast. RO-RO ferries provide significant capacity to move armor and other rolling stock. Recent PLA innovations are enabling greater roles for civilian ferries to move forces ashore. For example, some Chinese civilian ferries
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with capabilities to deploy amphibious armored vehicles at-sea, essentially making them auxiliary amphibious landing ships. This is likely meant to compensate for the apparent
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in PLA amphibious lift required to conduct a cross-strait landing. The PLA appear to be learning from their American counterparts with solutions for moving forces and supplies ashore in the absence of port infrastructure. This article explores a novel floating pier system that may provide a solution to some of the PLA’s amphibious lift shortcomings.

What the Chinese call an “offshore mobile debarkation platform” (海上机动卸载平台) was spotted in commercial satellite imagery along the fishing wharves of the Lanshan District in Rizhao City, China in September 2020. A
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indicates sections include “square” or intermediate pontoon modules (方形模块), bow-stern modules (首尾模块), ramp modules (坡道模块), powered modules (推进模块), cargo ferries (货运渡船) and lighters (驳船) as well as warping tugs (绞滩拖船) to maneuver the different sections. The floating pier system was developed by engineers at the PLA Military Transportation University in Tianjin
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weig2000

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Interesting apparently PLAN is readying a module port for Taiwan invasion for full article click the link. So with this modular pier you can use Roro as amphibious transport
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CIVILIAN SHIPPING: FERRYING THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY ASHORE​

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By Michael Dahm and Conor M. Kennedy

The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has been increasing its ability to use civilian roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) ferries to move troops and equipment ashore in amphibious landing operations. In August 2020, the PLA conducted a cross-sea mobility evolution using RO-RO ferries. Exercise Eastern Transportation-Projection 2020A (东部运投—2020A) was unique in that it discharged military vehicles from RO-RO ferries directly onto a beach using a modular floating pier. Commercial satellite imagery of a PLA amphibious exercise area in late-summer 2021 revealed that the PLA may have developed an improved floating pier system to support amphibious operations. These capabilities, components of what the U.S. Navy calls “joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS),” allows the PLA to use civilian vessels to move large amounts of military equipment into unimproved amphibious landing areas without port infrastructure. A Chinese mobile pier system like those observed in these exercises may have particular application for the PLA in an invasion of Taiwan.

The PLA has been using
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for many years, moving military forces and equipment up and down the Chinese coast. RO-RO ferries provide significant capacity to move armor and other rolling stock. Recent PLA innovations are enabling greater roles for civilian ferries to move forces ashore. For example, some Chinese civilian ferries
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with capabilities to deploy amphibious armored vehicles at-sea, essentially making them auxiliary amphibious landing ships. This is likely meant to compensate for the apparent
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in PLA amphibious lift required to conduct a cross-strait landing. The PLA appear to be learning from their American counterparts with solutions for moving forces and supplies ashore in the absence of port infrastructure. This article explores a novel floating pier system that may provide a solution to some of the PLA’s amphibious lift shortcomings.

What the Chinese call an “offshore mobile debarkation platform” (海上机动卸载平台) was spotted in commercial satellite imagery along the fishing wharves of the Lanshan District in Rizhao City, China in September 2020. A
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indicates sections include “square” or intermediate pontoon modules (方形模块), bow-stern modules (首尾模块), ramp modules (坡道模块), powered modules (推进模块), cargo ferries (货运渡船) and lighters (驳船) as well as warping tugs (绞滩拖船) to maneuver the different sections. The floating pier system was developed by engineers at the PLA Military Transportation University in Tianjin
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01_GoogleEarth-Pier-Modules-and-Components.jpg

Excellent report.

It should be noted that very large dual-use ships are subsidized by the military and built to military standard. All these modular pier systems, sub-submersible barges, the RO-RO ferries and cargo vessels have been developed over decades and in service at least a decade ago. If China can build an island in the middle of ocean in several months, there can be no doubt that it can construct an offshore mobile debarkation system in a few hours. They will enable the landing of large-scale, second-wave troops, after the marines and amphibious armored troops have successfully landed and secured some beach heads carried by LHDs, LPDs, LSTs and LCACs. They will be supported by attack aircraft, UCAVs/UAVs, helicopters and MLRS. In addition, airborne troops will land in the rear and around strategic posts such as command centers and airports. It will be quite a different game compared to Normandy or Okinawa.
 

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