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Land Warfare

PLA marines bulk up with tanks

9th June 2021 - 02:02 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Members of the PLA marines examine ZTQ-15 light tanks after an exercise in a mountainous area of China. (CCTV)

The PLA's marine corps eyes a wider remit, including deploying heavier armour in expeditionary operations.

For the first time, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rolled out genuine tanks – as opposed to armoured vehicles such as the ZTD-05 or ZTL-11 – to its marines. This marks a major capability upgrade for China’s premier amphibious and expeditionary force.

The revelation came via a CCTV report ...

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