PLA Military Command in Tibet Holds Large-Scale Joint Exercises in Plateau Region

A main battle tank attached to a combined arms regiment of the PLA Military Command in Nanjiang spits fire at a military firing range in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on July 26, 2021 ( cn / Photo by Tang Yayun)

The Tibet Military Command of the China People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently held large-scale joint exercises in a snow-covered plateau region, in which troops used some of the latest weapons and equipment from the APL and practiced multidimensional tactics in an attempt to eliminate targets.

Held at an altitude of approximately 4,500 meters, Exercise Snowfield Duty-2021 featured more than 10 brigades and regiments affiliated with the PLA military command in Tibet and defined the theme of joint and multidimensional combat in the plateau and mountain regions, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday.

The exercises involved the use of live ammunition, different time periods and different terrains as well as all types of combat elements, according to the report.

It showed the combat capabilities in the PLA forces’ joint plateau operations and their determination to protect the Chinese border and the stability of Tibet, CCTV said.

At the start of the exercises, a combined arms brigade mobilized and maneuvered into the mission area under cover of darkness, and launched the first wave of attacks at midnight, as artillery forces rained ammunition on hostile reconnaissance and early warning facilities using howitzers and multiple rockets. launch systems, before destroying hostile communication centers and helipads.

In the early hours of the second day of the exercises, a reconnaissance unit took up vantage points as it reached the top of a 6,100-meter mountain. They set up observation positions and provided guidance for precision strikes on key hostile targets behind the lines of defense.

Anti-aircraft batteries deployed by a defense brigade launched missiles to intercept hostile planes, clearing the skies of enemy threats, and it was then that the main forces – tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and assault vehicles – advanced to capture hostile positions.

In the midst of the heated combat, an intelligence reconnaissance brigade began electromagnetically disrupting hostile communications facilities, giving the troops another advantage.

Attack helicopters from an Army Aviation Brigade took off for additional multidimensional fire support as artillery positions were exposed and self-propelled howitzers and multiple rocket launcher systems had to be relocated.

Supporting the march, sappers cleared vital routes of obstacles with explosives, and transport helicopters transported scouts who landed deep behind enemy defense lines on infiltration missions.

Logistics support units continued to send ammunition and food to the front line, keeping troops in good combat condition as they crossed enemy defense lines before noon.

After neutralizing all enemies and taking control of all hostile positions, the troops moved on to the defense, marking the end of the exercises.

The exercise extensively explored the combat performance of all units and all weapons and equipment as they further enhance the combat capabilities of joint operations, precision strikes, high efficiency damage and logistical support. full in high altitude areas, CCTV said.

The exercise was notable for the number of troops involved, the wide variety of tactics and combat elements as well as the deployment of advanced weapons like Type 15 light tanks, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times on Wednesday. requested anonymity.