Air Force transport aircraft perform evacuation highest risk tasks (Figure)
People: Wei Gang Identity: National People’s Congress, Air Force Armament Minister 3 1 March, the Chinese Air Force transport planes landed at Khartoum International Airport in Sudan . Xinhua News Agency issued
character: Wei Gang Identity: National People’s Congress, Air Force Armament Minister
“I understand that this task should be close to the most difficult, because we have come the northwest corner of Africa. It also means that as long as the Chinese people around the world, where, if faced with danger, as long as the central order, troops can all play a role. “
Southern correspondent tour Xingyu latest news from Beijing, according to Xinhua News Agency, China’s Air Force personnel perform the task in Lee I leave the first transport aircraft IL-76, in Beijing at 18:34 on the 3rd airport returning from Khartoum, Sudan. The other three transport aircraft also took off one after another in the evening, all will return to Beijing in the 4 Nanyuan Airport. Approval of the Central Military Commission, China’s Air Force sent four Il-76 transport aircraft from Urumqi Diwopu International Airport, flew to 利比亚塞卜哈 airport, pick up the implementation of the task of Chinese personnel in Libya. This is the first time the Chinese Air Force sent transport aircraft evacuation of Chinese citizens going abroad for the implementation of the task.
this country over 5, a single withdrawal of 9500 km range task, which has behind the unknown thing? Yesterday in Beijing to attend the two sessions of the National People’s Congress, People’s Liberation Army Air Force Major General Armament Department of Minister Wei Gang accepted an exclusive interview with the Southern Metropolis Daily said that while the mission of the Air Force, is already close to “most difficult” level, but as long as people in trouble, the army will be duty-bound, through fire and water.
this task should be close to the most difficult
South are: the Air Force, the first overseas rescue operations, the ability to disclose the circumstances leading to this decision ?
Wei Gang: send Air Force to perform this task, the central decision-making. We all know that the first half of the rescue mission, Ye Hao, whether by civil aircraft, ships both mean in Libya’s coastal areas, such as Tripoli, Benghazi, these are coastal cities, but this time the Air Force to rescue the place , in Sabha, the map we can see that there is inland, surrounded by desert, and the evacuation from coastal areas than in-depth heart of a country’s turmoil, the risk is much higher.
our Air Force is the Sudan into Libya by aircraft refueling in Khartoum, Sudan, and flew 2555 kilometers before reaching the Sabha, smooth our own personnel, including embassy staff, there are other countries who have successfully received back.
South are: Air Force, the first execution of the task, whether it is a challenge?
Wei Steel: For the Air Force, had never performed such a task. When a disaster before people go to save, it is often, such as relief, which from the nature of our people’s army is concerned, first of all is a basic mission and tasks.
the range of our single flight over nine thousand kilometers, where is a turbulent situation, a few days before or controlled by the anti-government forces, government forces had just been back and surrounded by desert, so the situation is very complicated, can be said that the Libyan rescue in the highest risk of a task. But I understand the high degree of risk tasks, arranged by the Air Force, the Central Executive, but also the Air Force as a trust.
South are: the situation so chaotic, there were some concerns?
Wei Gang: We are very worried, very worried. Because we go, to what will happen when we do not know, the other from Sudan in the past, Sudan itself is not a stable place.
course, I think, not dangerous, Central will not use military force, such as those in Crete, we can hire foreign aircraft, to spend money on it, but in the Sabha this place, who you rent the aircraft?
South are: According to current Air Force’s ability to evacuation anywhere in the world, no problem?
Wei Gang: I understand that this mission should be close to the most difficult, because we have come to the northwest corner of Africa. That also means, as long as the Chinese people around the world, where, if faced with danger, as long as the central order, troops can all play a role.
We are not armed rescue, is a normal withdrawal
South are: The starting together with the transport, there are not equipped with a number of armed personnel?
Wei Gang: No, but the head of the Central Military Commission specifically asked us to bring the medical staff and translators, but not with armed men, because we are not armed rescue, or normal evacuees, through formal diplomatic means, according to the procedure run.
South are: the “first”, do you think the military and the country as a whole, with what kind of special significance?
Wei Gang: In the past our troops from the Sino-Japanese War began, the understanding of their mission is to defend the country. But obviously not work, because our country with the reform and opening up, the interests of the boundary has been extended into the entire system of economic globalization.
this out of the country, those at risk to save fellow came back, but also reflects our national economic strength to improve, and enhance the international status. I think that with the further enhancement of national economic strength, will also have a boundary expansion of the national interest, such as this to our fellow Libya, you put him in danger to save back.
Libya evacuation China’s largest and most successful
South are: How do you view this matter in the domestic and international impact?
Wei Gang: I can see the various responses, are highly positive, are given a high rating. Because in many countries in the organization Libya evacuation, many use the army, we should say we are the largest, most in-depth, is the determination of the most decisive, we are also the most successful to date no matter what unpleasant , nor any problems.
South are: When it occurs later how to do?
Wei Gang: That of course is obligatory, because we are the people’s army, people in trouble, of course, should the army through fire and water.