The PLAN LCAC Type 726 Yuyi Class


LawLeadsToPeace

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Clearer images of LCACs disgorging armor.

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Does anyone know whether or not the tanks belong to the marines? If not, are the pics from a joint Army-Navy exercise?
 

by78

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Does anyone know whether or not the tanks belong to the marines? If not, are the pics from a joint Army-Navy exercise?

I don't believe the Marines have any MBTs. Their armored tracked vehicles are all amphibious, such as the ZBD-05 family and other older models.
 

LawLeadsToPeace

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I don't believe the Marines have any MBTs. Their armored tracked vehicles are all amphibious, such as the ZBD-05 family and other older models.
Yeah. That's what I thought until those recent LCAC photos came up. We know that the PLAN wants to expand their marine corps drastically. So, if the MBT's in the photos do belong to the marines, then it is probable that the PLAN may have marine expeditionary forces like that of the USMC in the future.
 

by78

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Yeah. That's what I thought until those recent LCAC photos came up. We know that the PLAN wants to expand their marine corps drastically. So, if the MBT's in the photos do belong to the marines, then it is probable that the PLAN may have marine expeditionary forces like that of the USMC in the future.

The expansion of the Marines Corp will probably entail acquiring heavy armor, but there is no evidence of it happening right now. That MBT in the images likely belongs to the Army, because Marines are in charge of creating beachheads (and help holding them), a task that involves landing Army's assets and personnel.
 

Hendrik_2000

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The expansion of the Marines Corp will probably entail acquiring heavy armor, but there is no evidence of it happening right now. That MBT in the images likely belongs to the Army, because Marines are in charge of creating beachheads (and help holding them), a task that involves landing Army's assets and personnel.

I think they do have MBT type 96 I seen them training with mbt
 

kriss

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It appears every LCAC would carry 2 infantry squad (16 men) with the tank. Interesting yet natural development.
 

weig2000

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This recent news piece (1:25 - 8:02) covers the Type 726, most of which we've seen before, but this is an expanded coverage on PLAN's amphibious assault platforms and crafts, including Type 726 LCAC, Zubr-class LCAC, ZTD-05, LPD 071. Some interesting information disclosed in the video: 1) the first Type 726 was commissioned in December 2019 and 2) PLAN Marines was elevated into a Corp-level branch within PLAN in March 2017.

My interpretation of 1) is that they have finally resolved some long-lasting issues (likely associated with the engine) and PLAN has agreed to commission Type 726 officially even though many of them have been under trial and testing for many years. This also partly explains why we're seeing many very public coverage of it lately.

 
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