Saturday, August 27, 2005

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Friday, August 19, 2005

L-15 Advances

Thanks Tigershark and Chenium













L-15高级教练机部装提前交付 样机成形

中国航空报

  本报讯8月14日,洪都航空工业集团公司万人瞩目和期盼的L15高级教练机部装提前一天顺利交付,标志着L15高教机研制越上了一个新阶段。

  张灯结彩的飞机部装厂房内,彩旗高挂、鲜花盛开,L15高教机正上方巨大的“首架L15高教机部装交付仪式”横幅悬空横挂。中航二集团总经理张洪飚、副总经理徐占斌,江西省国防科工办主任李贤书,驻洪都集团公司空海军代表、试飞大队及洪都集团公司领导、有关单位代表300多人出席了交付仪式。

  下午1时整,洪都集团公司总经理吴方辉宣布L15高教机部装交付。顿时,飞机部装厂厂房内欢呼声、掌声长久响起,人人脸上挂满了喜悦的笑容。

  在交付仪式上,张洪飚作了热情洋溢的讲话。他说,L15高教机生产线上的同志们干得热火朝天,激情进取,你们创造了一流的业绩,我代表中航二集团党组感谢你们。希望你们继续发扬团结拼搏、挑战自我、追求卓越的精神,为L15顷利首飞做出更大的贡献。同时,希望L15高教机要确保质量,确保安全,确保成功。保质量才能保安全,保安全才能保成功。党组希望你们用自己艰苦、细致、认真的工作,创造最佳的业绩。

  洪都集团公司董事长党委书记田民在交付仪式上说,L15高教机自开铆以来,部装决战掀起了大干热潮,全体参战人员土气高昂,群情振奋,以超常规的手段、倒计时的方法,充分发扬团结协作的精神,奋力拼搏,攻坚破难,度过了多少个不眠之夜,牺牲了多少个休息假日,战胜了一个又一个困难,攻破了一个又一个难关,终于取得了第一架L15高教机部装提前、保质、安全地交付总装,使L15高教机的研制工作取得了阶段性的重大胜利。

  从8月15日起,L15高教机开始进人总装阶段。为了确保夺取“样机制造、设计试验、试飞培训”三条战线的全面胜利,洪都集团广大干部职工决心继续发扬“洪都精神”和“强五精神”,乘胜前进,去夺取L15高教机今年实现首飞胜利的目标。

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Peace Mission 2005 Orbat:

Neither Chinese nor Russian release their Order-of-battle of the exercise, here is an incomplete list of the PLA unit that will take part.

China:

PLA 127th Mechanized Infantry Division
PLAN 1st Marine Brigade
PLA 1st Army Aviation Regiment
PLAAF 36th Bomber Division
PLAN 1st Destroyer Detachment, North Sea Fleet
PLAN 9th Destroyer Detachment, South Sea Fleet
PLAN 3rd Destroyer Detachment, East Sea Fleet
PLAN 6th Landing Ship Detachment, South Sea Fleet

Unconfirmed: PLAAF Su-30 Unit, PLAAF 15 Airborne Army Unit

Russia:

Airborne Company, 76th airborne division
Special Operation Company, 55th Marine Division.
Two Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers
Four Tu-22M3 Long Range Bombers
10 plus Il-76 Transport
2 AWACS
Su-27SM unit
Naval Unit

Hair club for men?

He is not not only the CMC Hair Club president, he is also a client.


General Liang Guang Lie meeting with his Russian counter part


Monday, August 08, 2005

Norinco Active Protection System Found













Xinhui posted this image of an unknown AFV with on July. 22. It appears to have a previously unseen turret on a WZ501 chassis.

A quick look through Norinco's website revealed the mystery turret to be one equipped with active protection systems. (Norinco's English site is a total hash job, seems like somebody sent the Chinese site through Babelfish and was done with it. Norinco's English name for it is "Initiative Protecting System". The Chinese name is 主动防护系统, which means active protection.) Perhaps it is the Chinese version of the Russian Arena. The sensor post in the middle (LWR/IR sensors?) does not resemble the radar rack associated with the Arena, and it is missing on the AFV in the pic Xinhui posted. I also wonder what those things under the shields really are. It appears those boxes are rotable, but the shield may not be, which would severely restrict their FOV.








I am not surprise that China is developing active defense systems AFVs, but I am surprised that Norinco is already marketing one, and that we haven't seen one on an MBT, yet. Wonder if it works in a similar manner as the Arena.For that matter, we don't even know if this is a vehicle protection system. For all we know if this could be part of a unit/area defense system mounted on dedicated vehicles (perhaps to protect armor and mech formations), although the lack of anything long range seem to argue against that. OTOH, if it is a HMG position near the driver, it would suggest that this is a dedicated vehicle with a turret specifically for the defense system.

Desperado6 wrote that sensor post "may not be a laser warning receiver at all, and in fact since it's so different from the JL-3 system it may be wrong to assume that. It could be that one window is a UV sensor and the other IR to detect and correlate missile launch plumes."

Much of this is speculation at this point, we need more photographs of the both the active protection system as well as the AFV.

Here is a picture of the Russian Arena system on a T-80U for comparison, with the characteristic radar rack on top of the turret and grenade launchers.