Chinese army opens an air-defense brigade to national and international reporters 0108131

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:23 AM
 
Chinese army opens an air-defense brigade to national and international reporters.
An air-defense brigade under the Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was open to 70-odd reporters from nearly 50 Chinese and overseas media at 13:55 on July 29, 2013, marking the official start of the 6th “Media's Chinese military Visit”. The brigade is mainly equipped with the HQ-7B air defense missile, PG99 35mm twin anti-aircraft artillery gun and PG59 57mm anti-aircraft artillery gun.
     
     

According to Senior Colonel Geng Yansheng, spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese and overseas reporters are allowed to visit troops stationed outside of Beijing together for the first time in the activity, and meanwhile, this is the first time for the PLA to open its air-defense troops to Chinese and overseas media, and also the first time to make the designation of the responsible troop known to the public.

During the activity on the very day, the Chinese and overseas reporters watched a video clip on the brigade, and Chen Xifeng, commander of the brigade, gave a briefing on the brigade and answered reporters’ questions. Afterwards, the reporters watched static display and actual operation of the weaponry and equipment of the brigade. Meanwhile, 30-odd officers and men of the brigade were interviewed by the reporters.

According to a briefing, the “Media's Chinese Military Visit” is organized around August 1 every year since 2008 by the related departments, such as the State Council Information Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the MND and the General Political Department (GPD) of the PLA, aiming to let the world know the real Chinese military.

The HQ-7B is a short-range air defense missile with an operating altitude of 6,000 meters and operating range of 15,000 meters. It is designed to intercept fixed-wing aircrafts, attack helicopters, drones and precision-guided munitions such as surface-to-air missiles and cruise missiles.

     
The HQ-7B is a short-range air defense missile with an operating altitude of 6,000 meters and operating range of 15,000 meters. It is designed to intercept fixed-wing aircrafts, attack helicopters, drones and precision-guided munitions such as surface-to-air missiles and cruise missiles.
HQ-7B ground-to-air defense missile system of Chinese Army.
     
The PG99 35mm twin gun has an effective vertical range of 8,500 meters and slant range of 12,000 meters. With a high rate of fire and high precision, it is automated, powerful and maneuverable.
     
     
The PG59 57mm gun is mainly used for airborne targets below the height of 5,000 meters and within a range of 6,000 meters. If necessary, the gun can also be used to engage with land and water surface targets.
     
The PG59 57mm gun is mainly used for airborne targets below the height of 5,000 meters and within a range of 6,000 meters. If necessary, the gun can also be used to engage with land and water surface target
PG59 57mm anti-aircraft gun of Chinese Army
 

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