How the PLA Fights
China’s armed forces are being transformed from a World War II-style ground army to a modern mobile fighting force more capable of waging advanced warfare against foreign foes or domestic unrest, according to a recently published book on the People’s Liberation Army.
“The People’s Liberation Army is developing into a hardened and networked army; going from a light infantry force into a mechanized and air mobile one,” stated Australia-based PLA specialist Martin Andrew.
Mr. Andrew recently completed the book “How the PLA Fights — Weapons and Tactics of the People’s Liberation Army.” It was published last month by the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Intelligence Support Activity at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
The book includes new details on Chinese ground forces modernization efforts and contains a comprehensive listing based on Chinese and Russian sources of Chinese arms and equipment, ranging from pistols to tanks to air defense missiles.
According to the book, China’s ground forces were reorganized along the lines followed by the Soviet military beginning in 1986, when the Red Army set up