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Breakthroughs made in logistic support for high-altitude flight operations

(PLA Daily)

09:21, August 24, 2012

A vehicle service detachment under the air force of the Chengdu Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had maneuvered for four consecutive days and nights to a plateau for carrying out self-supported camping training on a frigid mountainous area with an average elevation of 4,000 meters. This training targeted to solve multiple operational support problems arising from the normalized camping training in the high-altitude areas of the transportation service troops of the air force.

The logistic support for flight training in frigid plateau areas is a key subject for the PLA Air Force to expand and deepen military struggle preparations. In the past three years, the Logistics Department under the air force of the Chengdu MAC has paid great attention to building a logistic support system for plateau flight operations, and made important breakthroughs in weather forecast, material collecting, POL (petroleum, oil and lubricants) supply and medical service support, etc.

In POL support, the problem of rapid decline in the quality of POL on plateau has been solved; in military transportation support, via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the time for the transportation of explosive devices has been reduced by 90 percent compared with the past; and in medical support, the hypoxia special training method has enabled the attendance rate of aircrew on plateau to rise significantly.

The Logistic Department of the Chengdu MAC has also developed a logistics support information system for military training of aviation stations, which integrates such functions as support information collection, transmission, processing, distribution and use, etc. and makes logistic organization and command more rapid and efficient. By Yang Xiaotao and Li Haolin

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