Experts say one PLA naval and air power projection capabilities of not more than one division
PLA’s lack of large strategic transport aircraft, a single air troop-carrying capacity is limited. LONDON, July 7
news: Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute senior fellow, United States associate professor of International Relations, Carleton University, Eleanor Sloan recently published an article that, although the People’s Liberation Army information technology goal is to transform the PLA is a face of complex high-tech enemy, you can make quick, long-range attacks and the complexity of force projection, flexible, mobile forces, but the PLA Navy’s power projection capabilities are still very low, and sealift capabilities are not intended to neighbor, so the current weakness by sea or by air through a one-time projected a division-level units.
article said that China had its armed forces, “Information.” In 1993, the PLA with the emphasis on preparing for the “modern local war under high tech conditions,” the new theory to replace the previous “people’s war under modern conditions,” the guiding philosophy. “Modernization” in the Chinese leadership was first proposed in 2002, 2004 and was designated as a national defense. China’s 2006 Defense White Paper identifies “the 21st century, Ye Jianli information and the armed forces can win the information war’s strategic objectives,” and reiterated the White Paper of 2009, “information is the national defense and armed forces modernization goals.”
The article said that “information technology” concept, including technology and theory/organizational elements. The technology, its goal is to benefit the Chinese army and master the information age, advanced military technology. On the theory and organizations, the overall goal is to locate in the border war in response to low-tech low-tech enemy’s army, into the face of complex high-tech enemy, when to fast, long-range attacks and the complexity of force projection, flexible , mobile army.
this concept is very close to the 1990s the Western world’s military transformation. Although the revolution in military affairs in the Western countries have become past tense, but it is currently considering the reality of China’s official. Chinese defense white paper in 2009, said the global revolution in military affairs is reached a new stage of development, so China is actively promoting military reform with Chinese characteristics.
article said that China’s military technology, focusing on command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and network warfare. Strategically speaking, China launched a communications, reconnaissance and navigation satellites (the latter referring to China’s domestic GPS navigation satellite system, “Compass”); the operational level, China has a large number of airborne early warning and control system, and is to “crazy speed” the development of unmanned aerial vehicles – including the high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (like the United States, “Global Hawk”) and hollow aircraft (like the “Predator”). At the same time, China is also combined with a variety of systems and military technology platform to achieve mutual “dialogue” to commanders to extract information from an institution, and ordered another agency to perform the task.
on power projection and long-distance attacks, China is pursuing long-range air-launched cruise missiles – and the U.S. “Tomahawk” missile similar to the type of bomber can be launched from the upgrade. The article said that such missiles will greatly improve the PLA Air Force’s power projection capabilities. China has also successfully developed an advanced fighter F-10, and has an open air refueling of the aircraft in the photo, alluding to the PLA Air Force to further enhance power projection capabilities. J-10 is considered the fourth-generation fighters, similar to Canada’s F-8 fighters, the PLA Air Force has recently announced its next decade will be fitted out with the U.S. F-22 or F-35 fighter similar to the fifth-generation fighter. Finally, there are indications that China is seeking access to precision-guided munitions can be equipped with unmanned stealth fighter.
article said, in terms of power projection on the ground that China is developing lighter, more mobile equipment, including comparable to the U.S. “Stryker” armored vehicles, as well as the implementation of drop and Rapid deployment tasks to be improved and self-propelled artillery howitzer. Chinese troops from Cold War to reduce the 500 million to 230 million, of which 15% has been selected to be able to “fight to the death with the enemy’s” elite troops. In order to advantage from a number of advantages to the quality of the transfer, China’s current emphasis on improving education and training of troops, and are looking to recruit almost all the original units of the armed forces into a professional force.
article points out, however, China’s power projection capabilities are still very limited: to maintain its strength for the transport and strategic bombers and transport aircraft as well as for expanding the number of tankers is very limited. Moreover, the PLA Navy’s sealift capability is not satisfactory. In this case, the current weakness by sea or by air through a one-time projection of a division-level units. People’s Liberation Army plans to develop the U.S. C-17 strategic transport aircraft similar to, but its also stressed that in order to build a new light mechanized platform-centric, it also shows its intention to develop similar to the Army “Stryker Brigade Combat Team,” the rapid deployment of troops, but also need to pay their years of effort. The Pentagon assessment that China’s “continuing to improve power projection capabilities to military investment,” but the next decade ago, its impossible to obtain and maintain long-range projection of military capabilities.
article pointed out that China’s military spending increased substantially, making China’s strategic response to the various components as possible. Since the 1990s, China’s military budget has shown double-digit growth, and in 2008 more than French and British, to become the world’s military spending in the country after the United States. In March 2009, China announced its $ 70 billion defense budget, but most countries that, if such as military research and development costs are included, China’s defense budget figures will be higher. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, believe that China’s defense budget at 850 billion dollars, the Pentagon and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London believes that China’s defense budget of more than $ 100 billion. (Compiled: Spring)
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