Chinese army Tibet command conducts long range live fire drills for new weapons
A brigade of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command has carried out ultra-limit range live fire drills of multiple types of artillery in an area at an altitude of 4,400 meters to test new equipment at extreme ranges in plateau conditions, Global Times reports.
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PCL-181 self-propelled howitzer, PLA's most recent self-propelled howitzer (Picture source: Chinanews)
According to the leader of the brigade, during the drill, they set up multiple types of targets at ultra-limit shooting ranges, for which they optimized firepower configurations and collected a large amount of data, providing a strong basis for training methods for the new equipment in plateau regions.
The brigade's artillery crews were organized into battle groups and moved rapidly to their designated destinations. A new long-distance artillery team acted quickly at night, occupied their positions, loaded ammunition and destroyed their targets accurately, chinanews.com reported on 28 October. According to the report, the brigade invited experts on several occasions to guide and teach frontier soldiers following equipment upgrades, and explored the limits of what the equipment was capable of.
Exercises were also conducted with China's most advanced self-propelled howitzer, the PCL-181, also named SH-15 for the export version. PCL-181 recently entered service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command. After missing their targets several times due to the long distance, the observation station asked the artillery crews to adjust their firing data and concentrated their firepower on the target. Which was successfully implemented.
Live fire of a missile on the Tibet plateau region (Picture source: Chinanews)