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Heavy-duty pontoon bridge equipment debuts on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

By Zhang Xiaoqi and Wang Shizhong (PLA Daily)

08:47, August 14, 2012

The fastest record, 28 minutes, for building a heavy pontoon bridge on the plateau was created at the height of summer by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) across the Yarlung Zangbo River, also known as the "Milky-way River", on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

This was the debut of the heavy-duty pontoon bridge equipment on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. According to the briefing, the special environment in the plateau area with thin air and complex terrain exerts significant impacts on the equipment performance, the response capability and the load-bearing capacity of officers and men.

The Research, Development and Procurement Department for the Army Armaments under the PLA General Armaments Department (GAD) has actively explored the new modes for experiments of plateau equipment and troop training, and accomplished significant military efficiency by improving dozens of regulations on the operation rules of optimized equipment and trained nearly 10,000 officers and men in troop units.

At the site of the pontoon bridge building, the reporters saw that through training and testing processes including simulation demonstration, instructor's reviews and comments, and actual equipment testing, the officers and men quickly mastered the skills to operate the new equipment.

A leader of relevant department under the GAD told the reporters that the new mode of testing and training combined the original 7 days of training tasks and 8 days of testing tasks together, and reduced the total duration to 10 days.

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