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  1. Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
  2. Current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, son of the founder of modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew.
  3. Not military, but here are some of the people that makes Singapore tick. This first guy Tharman is one of my favourite government minister.
  4. A famous Chinese painting becomes a dance performance.
  5. China experienced a “century of humiliation” at the hands of the Europeans and Japan. They know what to expect.
  6. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/type-15-lightweight-tank-enters-service-with-plas-xinjiang-military-command Quote from Janes: "It said the Type 15s deployed to the district have been fitted with new “plateau” engines and oxygen-production equipment to enable the vehicles and their crews to operate more efficiently at altitudes of more than 4,300 m above sea level." (Again, please note the oxygen-production equipment and the engine are not related.) I think what Jane's mean by "plateau" engine refers to the Tibetan plateau. From a Chinese webpage: (my bad translation) "the engine was designed with the ability to maximise air intake to counter the negative impact of high altitude thin air". (Do they mean "turbo-charged"?) From my own experience of thin mountain air: When I landed at Lhasa Airport 25 years ago, I (along with other "lowlander" friends) were unable to stand up within 10 minutes of disembarking due to the thin air. This was followed by a hellish week of 24/7 headaches and walking up stairs one-step-at-a-time, like a 90-yr old. As beautiful as the landscape and the Tibetan girls are, you cannot pay me to visit Tibet again. There, you learn how the term "breathtaking scenery" came about. Advice for those intending to go, make it a 3-week trip: one week to acclimatize, 2 weeks for sight-seeing. Anyway, China do not forsee any land invasion, so they are pretty happy with their current crop of tanks. The one place where they ARE currently prepared for land battle is the Sino-Indian border, and the ZTQ-15 Light Tank is one such weapon designed specifically for this environment. The ZTQ-15 are also apparently deployed in the south where the terrain or infrastructure is more suited to Light Tanks. Chinese websites and videos often point out that MBTs - like the T-90's and T-72's deployed by India on the border - will have a sluggish performance due to low weight/ratio performance caused by the thin mountain air. The (contentious) oxygen generating equipment for the crew compartment - which is NBC-capable - increases crew performance with an oxygen supply, and also mitigates motion sickness inside the tank, again due to the thin air. Though it has much less protection and firepower than an MBT, the PLA has come to the conclusion that bigger is not necessarily better at 4,000m above sea level.
  7. Oxygen generation apparently does exist on the Type-15. So it is not "pure BS" as some people here call out. The oxygen generation* - along with the air conditioning - is for the crew compartment, not for the engine (nor by the engine). ETA: *For high altitude ops where the air is thin for the crew (as well as for the engine).
  8. Just found out that for the Winter Olympics, China appointed one of the soldiers at the Galwan battle with India as a torchbearer. 😬 This is an extremely bad move that politicised a sports event that’s all about peace, and unnecessarily pissing off an India that looked ready to make conciliatory gestures. What were they thinking? 😂
  9. That would make the ammo large and they have quite a number of rocket launchers already. The beauty of this system is the large ammo capacity the squad can carry, plus the long range and accuracy, over LV 40mm, and the lighter weight vs the non-man-portable AGL.
  10. Ah... that, actually is from wiki. Chinese documentaries on this matter spoke only of "thin air, need lighter tank" so as not to strain the engine etc.
  11. There are plenty of websites that explains how high altitude affects engine performance, Einstein. : ) But I have to say: it's quite incredible how you guys can't see beyond your own prejudices, to the point that a vast military with an army of the top scientific minds behind it, doesn't know better than a few members of this grate site.
  12. Of course you are right. I mean... what does the PLA know about operating tanks in 5000m compared to you both?
  13. Yes, thank you for pointing that out. I do think this PLA mini canon plugs the gap a certain Tanknetter was talking about. But all portable weapon systems are a compromise between destructive power and weight of weapon and ammo. We just have to make do until the technology comes along to take the game to the next level. But like I said, this concept has withstood the test of time (and perhaps some combat use by Pakistan, Africa & the Middle East). There's an informative article about the development of the first version of this weapon QLZ87 which talked about this compromise: https://www.iqpc.com/media/9491/30387.pdf "Both teams had determined that using equivalent design decisions to the American 40 x 46 or 40 x 53 mm calibres would result in a weapon that was too large and bulky to fit with the Chinese doctrinal vision for the employment of the AGL. The ammunition team had also determined that the Russian 30 x 29B mm cartridge was slightly too small to contain an effective, high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead. The compromise reached by these teams was a 35 mm semi-rimmed (SR) calibre cartridge." Apparently, the Saudis are using them: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/30837/saudi-troops-are-using-this-huge-grenade-launcher-gun-that-looks-like-an-action-movie-prop though I'm unsure if they bought or captured them. But it appears to be a larger, much bulkier weapon than the one in the Chinese video I posted. Probably because it is the 40mm export version. Which may explain why China settled on the 35mm compromise.
  14. The PLA has both the AGL and M203 equivalent. That's why I find this man-portable support weapon GL so interesting. I didn't carry spare ammo for others as I was the platoon radioman. My old-fashioned radio equipment alone weighed 14kg with spare battery and long antenna. I'm 56 and the last time I was in service was 25 years ago. But I still get the occasional anxiety dream where I'm back in uniform, but it would be some situation where I totally screwed up: e.g. everyone fall in dressed for combat but I am wearing PT gear of shorts and t-shirt. Or another one where somehow I brought my service rifle home (a very serious offence).
  15. The correct size t-shirt finally. "Don't forget to put the "Like"..." Yes Ma'am! The "Like" is put!
  16. "Hell Week" conducted by People's Armed Police Counter-terror Special Combat Team in Xinjiang. Some are Uyghurs. Starting with a Full Battle Order 10km run. 30kg packs plus 10kg of other stuff carried. Minus 27degree temperature. (Again, this is just entertainment and these female soldiers may or may not serve as frontline SpecOps.)
  17. Some of our commandos in Singapore use a similar weapon too like the one you mentioned. But it is a low-velocity 40mm with a range of 400m whereas the PLA weapon is a high-velocity 35mm (or high velocity 40mm for the export version) and serves more as a support weapon like a GPMG reaching out to greater than 400m distance.
  18. Answering a 2-yr old post: During the height of tension between India and China, there was a Chinese news report why they deployed the Type-15 Light Tank and it was mainly to do with the altitude. I quote from Wiki but it's essentially what the news report said: "Because in high altitude air becomes thin and engines start to lose power.[3] But Type-15 light tank can operate at high altitudes with its powerful engine and oxygen generators."
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