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"Minimize losses": China surprised at the massive purchase of armor plates

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The People’s Liberation Army of China seeks to increase its combat readiness against the background of a possible military conflict with the Taiwanese separatists and the United States supporting them. In line with these efforts, bulk purchases of body armor should be taken, according to The Global Times.


According to him, the PLA announced its plan to acquire 1,4 million high-quality body armor with plates worth about 13 billion yuan ($ 1,85 billion) in the next two years. As expected, the new equipment will minimize the number of casualties in the Chinese army.

According to official information, the PLA has approximately 2 million people, and the army itself constitutes only part of the armed forces.

This means that every army soldier can get one of these body armor, leaving an additional reserve

- analysts explain.

In total, according to the resource weain.mil.cn, through which public procurement is carried out, it is planned to purchase 930 thousand blocks of plates for universal body armor (each at a price of 7 yuan) and 950 thousand blocks for their reinforced analogues (467 12 yuan). Each block consists of two bulletproof plates.

As explained by Song Zhongping, a military expert and television commentator, Chinese bulletproof vests are of high quality and relatively low cost. According to him, China accounts for approximately 70% of the international market for these products.

A number of military experts, as explained by The Global Times, have already suggested that the procurement could be aimed at fighting the Taiwanese separatists and their American patrons. According to them, armor plates lose their protective properties after a few years, so buying so much in such a short period of time can mean preparing for a military conflict.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 26 February 2020 04: 56 New
    +1
    According to them, armor plates lose their protective properties after a few years, so buying so much in such a short period of time can mean preparing for a military conflict.
    And on the basis of what did they conclude about the conflict with Taiwan? The PLA has bases in many countries of the world, some of which are far from calm, participating in peacekeeping operations in such a way that it is understandable that the army takes care of equipping its soldiers with protective equipment.
    1. Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat 26 February 2020 05: 19 New
      +7
      China generally cares about the PLA. We can say that the PLA is a priority direction for the Chinese party apparatus, along with the construction of a digital society like an "anthill". Taiwan in the "anthill" and even in the "digital", oh, how it does not want. But about the war, the question is still not so acute in China - the Chinese party apparatchiks are far from stupid and they do not need Taiwan destroyed by the war, they need it on a silver platter - safe ... and the Chinese know how to wait The Chinese believe that Taiwan itself will fall into their hands as soon as the standard of living in China exceeds the Taiwanese one and the Taiwanese "roof" - the United States will begin to "leak strongly". I think the Chinese will wait for this. Certainly not today or tomorrow, but as I already wrote, the Chinese know how to wait.
      1. svp67
        svp67 26 February 2020 06: 00 New
        -4
        Quote: Monster_Fat
        and the Chinese are able to wait

        They now have a more pressing problem - Singapore, they will calm down and subjugate it, and then Formosa will be engaged ...
        1. Uncle lee
          Uncle lee 26 February 2020 06: 13 New
          +6
          Republic of Singapore - a city-state located on islands in Southeast Asia And where does China?
          1. svp67
            svp67 26 February 2020 06: 15 New
            +1
            Quote: Uncle Lee
            Republic of Singapore

            Litter and thanks hi ... read in my comment Singapore like Hong Kong ...
            1. Uncle lee
              Uncle lee 26 February 2020 06: 20 New
              +1
              Hong Kong is a state in a state with its laws, orders and culture. He is Hong Kong. Now the problem is for China.
              1. svp67
                svp67 26 February 2020 06: 24 New
                +1
                Quote: Uncle Lee
                Now the problem is for China.

                Yes, and until they solve it ... Formosa can consider himself Taiwan
                1. Uncle lee
                  Uncle lee 26 February 2020 06: 27 New
                  +1
                  And there and there striped ears stick out .... The Chinese have figured out how much the accession of Taiwan will cost and have postponed this matter .... hi
                  1. svp67
                    svp67 26 February 2020 06: 29 New
                    +1
                    Quote: Uncle Lee
                    The Chinese have figured out how much the accession of Taiwan will cost and so far have put off this business ....

                    I think that some methods of "peaceful annexation" will now be worked out in Hong Kong, and when they work, they will also apply them against Taiwan.
                    1. Uncle lee
                      Uncle lee 26 February 2020 06: 52 New
                      +4
                      From childhood I remember a cartoon of Chiang Kai-shek: "This shaky support will collapse into the sea very soon!" More than half a century has passed, but Formosa does not collapse and stands on its own.
                      1. svp67
                        svp67 26 February 2020 07: 12 New
                        +2
                        Quote: Uncle Lee
                        More than half a century has passed, and Formosa does not collapse and stands on its own.

                        Well, China is already far from the one that was half a century ago ... far
                      2. Uncle lee
                        Uncle lee 26 February 2020 07: 18 New
                        0
                        It is clear. Therefore, Hong Kong returned "home". And the Americans are stirring up there, the Maidan, even the Maidan were invited ... It was not possible to raid from Hong Kong - the virus was launched into China!
                        And Taiwan, sooner or later, will also "return".
                      3. figwam
                        figwam 26 February 2020 12: 15 New
                        0
                        Quote: Uncle Lee
                        And Taiwan, sooner or later, will also "return".

                        Unless new viruses follow.
      2. Sergej1972
        Sergej1972 26 February 2020 23: 03 New
        0
        Although, on the other hand, in Singapore, too, the majority of the population are Chinese.)
  • LiSiCyn
    LiSiCyn 26 February 2020 05: 35 New
    10
    Sergei hi
    I’m wondering how armor plates lose their properties? Yes, for such a short period. what
    1. svp67
      svp67 26 February 2020 05: 59 New
      +3
      Stas hi
      Quote: LiSiCyn
      I’m wondering how armor plates lose their properties? Yes, for such a short period.

      Well, here it’s probably worth reading about competitions for the development of new models of small arms, for new ammunition.
      And also to understand what "armor plates" we are talking about. It is possible that not about steel
      The body armor loses its properties due to the degree of stability. Unfortunately, this statement is absolutely fair. Most manufacturers give a guarantee of 5 years from the date of manufacture. Ha Twaron fabric bulletproof vests guarantee a 10-year guarantee. After the completion of the warranty period, it is better to replace it. It, of course, does not turn into a simple waistcoat for the next day, but it will gradually be more likely to lose it, especially at the edges of soft wounds.
    2. Avior
      Avior 26 February 2020 08: 57 New
      +1
      perhaps we are talking about ceramic armor plates in a vest
      although it’s also not clear, such ceramics are also used on technology, does it also change periodically?
    3. andj61
      andj61 26 February 2020 10: 15 New
      +3
      Here we should not talk about the plates, but about the armored fabric in which these plates are packed. And this fabric largely protects against splinters. The fabric is synthetic and has an expiration date. This is usually 5 years. But in addition to many bulletproof vests, operating standards are set in hours, as well as the number of washes / dry cleaners. On plates - metal and cermets in some places, a life span of 10 years flickered. But in my opinion, this is a purely commercial trick. During operation, metal or cermets do not lose their properties, unless, of course, they fall into the bullet plates / fragments. hi
  • Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 26 February 2020 05: 04 New
    0
    “Minimize losses”
    Normal practice. Even in the Patriotic soldiers defended steel cuirasses .... Dad told.
    1. svp67
      svp67 26 February 2020 06: 05 New
      +2
      Quote: Uncle Lee
      Even in the Patriotic soldiers defended steel cuirass ....

      Yes, there was such "Stalin's armored infantry" - "shisbriks", soldiers of the Assault Engineering-Sapper Brigades

  • Thrifty
    Thrifty 26 February 2020 05: 15 New
    +3
    I didn’t understand the jokes - how is it that their armor plates lose their protective properties? Sour, or what? Or do their mice eat in warehouses? What are they made of then?
    1. polar fox
      polar fox 26 February 2020 05: 25 New
      +4
      Quote: Thrifty
      What are they made of then?

      most likely polyethylene ... they have an expiration date.
  • fa2998
    fa2998 26 February 2020 05: 16 New
    0
    For the first time I hear that armor loses its properties after "several years". request hi hi
    1. Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat 26 February 2020 05: 24 New
      +5
      This armor is composite, that is to say simply and simply, glued polymers and ceramics.
    2. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 26 February 2020 07: 26 New
      0
      Quote: fa2998
      I hear it for the first time

      They say, for example, bulletproof glasses need to be changed regularly. Type of sunlight changes properties. And who knows what the Chinese are building armor from?
    3. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 26 February 2020 07: 27 New
      0
      Quote: fa2998
      I hear it for the first time

      They say, for example, bulletproof glasses need to be changed regularly. Type of sunlight changes properties. And who knows what the Chinese are building armor from?
  • Fedorov
    Fedorov 26 February 2020 05: 46 New
    +1
    According to them, armor plates lose their protective properties after a few years,

    And here I did not understand a bit. The effect of ceramic fatigue or something else. I have it for 5 years. The Russian is in the attic, at least henna, they checked it a month ago out of a stupid male interest, Makar keeps it, although he has to do SVD. Well, it wasn’t at hand. The true true infection is -15 kg.
  • Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 26 February 2020 07: 22 New
    -1
    Chinese bulletproof vests are of high quality and relatively low cost.

    Maybe I'm biased, but such statements make me frown ...
  • aszzz888
    aszzz888 26 February 2020 08: 15 New
    +2

    As explained by Song Zhongping, a military expert and television commentator, Chinese body armor are of high quality and relatively low cost.

    Everything is relative (I mean the different calibers, the fragments from which the used vest should protect). Although I fully admit that for the PLA, their quality will match. And if something does not match, these comrades will strictly and quickly let the buyers under the "tower". Or uranium ores.
  • unhappy
    unhappy 26 February 2020 08: 58 New
    +1
    A number of military experts suggested ...
    Well, I read about armor made of strained polyethylene, but this is an American chip (with a limited shelf life). The Chinese have not heard of this. Technology leak wink
    1. 4ybys
      4ybys 26 February 2020 09: 55 New
      +1
      Probably the plant for the production of this polymer, like most others, is located in China.
  • CommanderDIVA
    CommanderDIVA 26 February 2020 09: 02 New
    0
    The re-equipment of the PRC army (and they do not have it for everyone who wants Chinese) directly depends on the increasing geopolitical and economic interests of China, I think last year they only opened their first base abroad in Africa, in the Red Sea, to control trade routes to Europe , in the next ten years we will see the creation of a large number of Chinese military facilities abroad, most likely in Africa and Southeast Asia
  • Pavel57
    Pavel57 26 February 2020 09: 45 New
    +1
    Body armor is more likely for local wars and internal conflicts.
  • Operator
    Operator 26 February 2020 11: 17 New
    -3
    What is this unparalleled Chinese body armor "which loses its protective properties after a few years" - from aramid fabric?

    Pottery - no, not heard laughing
  • smart fellow
    smart fellow 27 February 2020 07: 26 New
    0
    700 thousand, but not 1,4 million. Body armor has plates front and rear.
  • Mwg
    Mwg 27 February 2020 12: 19 New
    0
    Even from the headline, a thought flashed: are they not going to us?