PLA teams pre­pare for In­ter­na­tional Army Games

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Liu Xuanzun Page Ed­i­tor: [email protected]­al­times.com.cn

Teams from the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) are pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing In­ter­na­tional Army Games (IAG) sched­uled to start on Au­gust 3 across 10 coun­tries, which this year will in­clude a joint team from the PLA’S Naval Avi­a­tion and Air Force for the first time.

A PLA Naval Avi­a­tion bri­gade is cur­rently con­duct­ing in­ten­sive train­ing for the “Avi­adarts“com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Rus­sia as a part of the IAG.

Dur­ing a re­cent ex­er­cise, JH-7 fighter bombers flew to a target zone more than 100 kilo­me­ters away, took mul­ti­ple com­bat ma­neu­vers and launched at­tacks on the target in dif­fi­cult weather con­di­tions, China Central Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) re­ported on Sun­day.

“This will be the first time the Naval Avi­a­tion troops step out of the coun­try’s bor­der for the IAG, and we value this op­por­tu­nity,” naval of­fi­cer Feng Xianzheng told CCTV.

The in­creas­ing pres­ence of Chi­nese naval units in the IAG is an in­di­ca­tion that the Navy is be­com­ing more con­fi­dent in for­eign com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­change, Wei Dongxu, a Bei­jing-based mil­i­tary an­a­lyst, told the Global Times on Mon­day.

Hav­ing Naval Avi­a­tion’s fighter bombers in­volved will help Chi­nese Navy pi­lots gain more ex­pe­ri­ence from their for­eign col­leagues, es­pe­cially from Rus­sians who have been in com­bat, Wei said.

The Navy will also send ma­rine troops for the “Seaborne As­sault” com­pe­ti­tion in Rus­sia and, for the first time, divers for the “Deep Sea” com­pe­ti­tion in Iran, the Xinhua News Agency re­ported.

Other teams, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing troops of the Army and para­troop­ers of the Air Force, are also con­duct­ing ex­er­cises for var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions in the games.

The first batch of Chi­nese main bat­tle tanks, air­borne in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cles and trans­port ve­hi­cles had ar­rived in Rus­sia by Thurs­day, CCTV said in a sep­a­rate re­port.

The PLA Army is also ready to host four com­pe­ti­tion items in Korla, North­west China’s Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

The Chi­nese mil­i­tary has taken part in the IAG six years in a row and hosted cer­tain com­pe­ti­tions in China for three con­sec­u­tive years, the PLA Daily re­ported.

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