China Unveils New Weapons - From Stealth Fighters To ICBMs

Authored by Jeffrey Lin and P.W.Singer via,

As part of the People's Liberation Army's 90th anniversary celebration - it was founded on August 1, 1927 -  President Xi Jinping (in military fatigues) hosted a giant parade at the Zhurihe Training Center.

Zhurihe - Zhurihe certainly has enough room to hold all the people and equipment for a parade with thousands of soldiers, hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles, and dozens of ICBMs. -Xinhua News Agency

Here, PLA's most elite forces demonstrated how far China has come in modern warfare. CCTV broadcast the session, which means a domestic and global audience of millions saw the army's showcase of tanks, stealth fighters, artillery, and ICBMs.

A group of ZTZ-99A heavy main battle tanks marched among the first parade units, followed by a variety of tracked ZDB-04A and wheeled ZBL-09 infantry fighting vehicles. The military procession then followed with PLZ-07 and heavy PLZ-04 self-propelled howitzers, PHL-03 heavy rocket launchers, and ZBD-003 airborne IFVs.

Tanks and Tanks Again - The ZTZ-99A is China's heaviest and most armored tank, with a weight of 60-plus tons. In the background, you can see the transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicles for the CJ-10 cruise missiles. -Xinhua News Agency

Combat support vehicles were not forgotten. Combat engineering vehicles, BZK-006 UAV launch vehicles, communications vehicles, and even fuel tankers followed.

There was plenty of air power, too. A trio of J-20 stealth fighters flew over the parade, followed by Y-20 heavy transport aircraft, KJ-2000 AEW&C aircraft, J-16 strike fighters, J-15 carrier fighters, and J-10B fighters. The latest H-6K bombers, along with H-6U aerial tankers and Y-9 transports, also made an appearance.

J-20 - Three J-20 stealth fighters led the aerial portion of the PLA's 90th anniversary parade. -Xinhua News Agency

Z-10 attack and Z-18 transport helicopters showed up, flying in formations shaped like "90," as well as the Chinese characters for 8-1 (a reference to August 1), with the Z-18 transports landing to disgorge airmobile infantry.

The highlight was likely the public debut of not just one, but 16 DF-31AG intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The DF-31AG is an improvement over the 7,146-mile-range DF-31A ICBM. It carries a larger, reinforced missile canister likely carrying a more powerful missile with increased range or payload. The DF-31AG also uses an all-terrain 8X8 launch vehicle, enabling it to go off-road, which will make it much harder to find compared to its truck-launched predecessor. 

DF-31AG - Sixteen DF-31AG ICBMs marched in the parade. China likely has more DF-31AGs in addition to those, thanks to a recent, rapid build-up of Chinese nuclear forces. -Xinhua News Agency

The presence of 16 new ICBMs (there are likely other DF-31AGs not present at the parade), along with several dozen other ICBMs, shows that China's nuclear global strike capacity is growing in size and capability. 

Guns and Rockets - PLZ-05, PLZ-05 howitzers, PHL-03 heavy multiple rocket launchers, along with AFT-10 missile launchers in the background, are becoming the go-to fire support options for Chinese mechanized brigades and divisions. -Xinhua News Agency

Other missiles present: the DF-31A ICBM, the DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile, and the DF-16 short-range ballistic missile. Surface-to-air missiles were well represented by HQ-9B and HQ-16 SAMs, as well as LD-2000 and PGZ-07 anti-air cannons. The surface-attack options were represented by CJ-10 cruise missiles, YJ-62 and YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, and YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile.

The fact that the parade took place not in Beijing, but in Inner Mongolia, was symbolic. Zhurihe hosts the PLA's annual Stride exercises. These wargames pit the resident "Blue Team" (a mechanized infantry brigade that uses NATO tactics) against visiting PLA units. These wargames are played in a variety of urban, hill, and open-area locations, often under intensive conditions, including simulated nuclear battlefields.


LindseyNarrate… (not verified) Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:49 Permalink

All of that sophisticated hard-ware means FUCK-ALL, since THE ONLY WEAPON-PLATFORM THAT MATTERS IS COMPRISED OF THREE LETTERS: EMP It is as if the-elephant-in-the-room is being pretended to not exist, when "EVERYONE" fucking knows that it is standing there, shitting-all-over-the-God-damned carpeting. Lindsey

BitchesBetterR… LindseyNarrate… (not verified) Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:57 Permalink

If and EMP is used on both sides and the War comes down to ground forces, the USA still going to get fucked..... and I agree with you on the high-tech angle, since it is susceptible to jamming, failure & malfunction- that's why the human element still matter big time. USA unfortunately has stretched out its military personnel across the globe to exhausting levels, whereas the Chinese & Russian troops remain a concentrated block force.  

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Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:50 Permalink

Looks like the rest of the world ain't so afraid of Uncle Sam no more. Eventually the world tires of the Empire and begins to undermine it.BTW, maybe this explains North Korea's sudden giant leap in missile tech. I am quite sure China loves to tweak the nose of the US via NK.

Kassandra Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:14 Permalink

The tech for that came from Iran.
Those two have been in bed for decades.

I have very good friends that escaped the downfall of Tehran. Iranians are not bad people. Like we are not bad people.

Govt of NK..certifiable. I am sure the people of NK are not bad people.

But money is money. Money and power makes the world go round.

The longer I live, the more sure I am that NOBODY knows what the fuck is going on. Everyone just wants a fat fucking payday.

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ebworthen Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:58 Permalink

Oh our peaceful little Chinese friends, building a military from our productive capacity and career employment abandoned for the sake of Wall Street and the Imperial City of Washington D.C.

RagnarRedux Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:59 Permalink

(1993) New York Times: CIA Chief Says Israel Has Been Selling China Advance Military Technology For At Least A Decade…(2013) U.S. Furious With Israel For Selling Advanced Military Technology To China…(2007) Israel Flagged As Top Spy Threat To U.S. In New Snowden/NSA Document…  

Philanthropocalypse RagnarRedux Tue, 08/08/2017 - 05:49 Permalink

Nice links, but....That (2007) header for the last one is misleading.  The article was published in 2014, based on a leak from Snowden in ....  well, the article doesn't attribute that, although it does mention that the information came from Snowden via Greenwald's online vehicle, The Intercept. It is Newsweek, so I don't expect "complete reporting" standards.No argument from me about Isreali State's standing as a threat to US security. Just re-read the USS Liberty incident summary. Blood-boiling FUBAR that was.  I always knew Johnson was a weasel, but I didn't know he was a traitor!  And that's provable! 

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lasvegaspersona Mon, 08/07/2017 - 23:01 Permalink

China does not need nuclear weapons. The US is broke!!! All they have to do is stop sopping up all those dollars sloshing out at the rate of 48 billion (or so) per month. Trump is hastening this process. If he eliminates the budget deficit then those dollars will stop coming anyway as no one will have them to send back.THIS is why the government NEEDS the deficit!!! The producer countries buy our bonds and fund us in this way. There are soooo many ways the US can be screwed. Most just involve a fountain pen (or the digital equivalent.)My bet is the MIC knows this but just likes to keep the pot stirred.