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From Soviet technology to Chinese: an example of rearmament of the PLA

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The 2nd Jinan Regiment of the former 91st Motorized Rifle Division [reorganized into the 91st Airborne Assault Brigade] has completed the renewal of its logistics unit. On the example of this rearmament, one can assess the ongoing reconstruction of the army in China.


Previously, the regiment was equipped with 122-mm PL-96 towed howitzers, Type 63 armored personnel carriers and amphibious tanks Type 63A.

The PL-96 is a Chinese copy of the Soviet 122mm D-30 gun, adopted by the SA in 1960. Currently, the howitzer is found in the Russian troops mainly in the Airborne Forces, but is still widely represented in the PLA. To replace it, the specified regiment was replaced by a 97-mm PLZ122B self-propelled artillery system based on the ZBD-07 infantry fighting vehicle, which was first shown to the general public in 2009 (PLZ07 is the basic version, PLZ07B is an amphibious modification).


PL-96 (left) and PLZ07B (right)


The BTR Type 63 was not based on Soviet prototypes and became the first self-developed armored personnel carrier in the PRC. It was mass-produced since the late 1960s and managed to take part in the battles of the Vietnam War. In the 2nd regiment, it was replaced by the ZBD05 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle, which has been in operation in the Chinese troops since 2006.


Type 63 (left) and ZBD05 (right)


The Type 63A is a modernization of the Type 63 amphibious tank (not to be confused with an armored personnel carrier with a similar designation), which in turn was created on the basis of the Soviet PT-76 and has been in operation since 1963. Instead, the Jinan Regiment received a light amphibious tank ZTD05 (also referred to as an assault cannon in a number of sources), which began service in 2005.


Type 63A (left) and ZTD05 (right)
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  1. Semenov
    Semenov 23 January 2021 13: 51
    +11
    The usual systematic work of replacing old items.
  2. Lesorub
    Lesorub 23 January 2021 13: 55
    +11
    From Soviet technology to Chinese: an example of rearmament of the PLA

    The economic power of China provides opportunities for rearmament, it would be strange not to rearm in such conditions!
    1. Observer2014
      Observer2014 23 January 2021 14: 26
      +1
      Quote: Lesorub
      From Soviet technology to Chinese: an example of rearmament of the PLA

      The economic power of China provides opportunities for rearmament, it would be strange not to rearm in such conditions!

      yes good Yes, and they are right, and not only that, even when they improve their delivery systems for nuclear weapons. That's when everyone will start singing. I have the impression that China is deliberately being modest in this matter.
      1. donavi49
        donavi49 23 January 2021 14: 47
        +5
        Well, they have an obvious overproduction of solid fuel carriers. Otherwise, such a number of launches and startups cannot be explained.

        Jielong 1 flies tomorrow for its first commercial and second real flight.

        At the end of the month, Kuaizhou flies on the 13th flight.


        This year, the next Zhuque, OneSpace, Hyperbola will also fly. All solid fuel.


        Also this year the state Long March 11 will fly from both land and sea sites (last year 3 launches - 2 land, 1 from the sea).
        1. Aerodrome
          Aerodrome 23 January 2021 15: 17
          +3
          Rogozin grins ...
  3. Doccor18
    Doccor18 23 January 2021 14: 30
    +5
    All over the world, the renewal of the fleet of armored vehicles is "hugging" with their reduction. The PLA is trying to carry out the replacement of weapons in proportions of 1 to 1. This is the main difference between the modernization of the Chinese army from all others.
    Naturally, financial opportunities allow ...
  4. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 23 January 2021 14: 48
    +2
    The 122 mm D-30 howitzer is warm and lamp-based, as simple as 3 kopecks and very effective.

    No wonder our landing party uses it so actively.
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 23 January 2021 15: 24
      +3
      Quote: Lord of the Sith
      The 122 mm D-30 howitzer is warm and lamp-based, as simple as 3 kopecks and very effective.

      No wonder our landing party uses it so actively.

      and the Cubans ...
      1. Lord of the Sith
        Lord of the Sith 23 January 2021 16: 10
        +2
        Self-propelled gun based on the T-34? Powerfully, heh))
  5. Sergey Sfiedu
    Sergey Sfiedu 23 January 2021 17: 23
    +3
    "The BTR Type 63 was not based on Soviet prototypes and became the first self-developed armored personnel carrier in the PRC" - but it was based on Soviet units - rollers from the BTR-50, the engine - a smaller version of the V-2, the transmission from the SU-76 ..