After more than 50 years of construction, the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) armored troops have basically accomplished the tasks of building a complete equipment system, compiling system, training system and security system. It has become the main assault force in ground battles.
Armored forces are mainly composed of armored tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles. It has strong mobility, assault capability and defensive power. Armored forces are often used in carrying out ground battle tasks.
In December 1945, the PLA seized a Japanese-style tank in Shenyang. Using this tank, it set up the Northeast Tank Battalion. It was then that PLA armored troops were born.
In recent years, the PLA armored forces have made great efforts to improve their ability to attack air and ground targets. It has endeavored to improve its long-distance mobility, rapid assault strength and information collecting and analysis ability. It has also made notable achievements in the development of information technology. It is reported that a number of digital equipments have been applied in the military forces. A light armored and mechanized unit and a digitalized armored unit
have been set up.
The officer in charge of the military training department of the PLA Headquarters of the Central Staff said that the PLA has basically replaced first-generation equipment with second-generation or third-generation equipment. Some of their facilities and technologies are world standard. The structure of armored and mechanized units also has been improved.
By People's Daily Online