China deploys new weapons in Tibet's military exercise

BEIJING: China has deployed sophisticated and new weapons during its current military exercise in the Tibetan region, as well as on the border with India.

Weapons include the Type 15 tank and the new 155mm vehicle mounted on the vehicle. Global Times, led by the state, quoted military experts who said these weapons can play an important role in protecting border areas.

Its deployment in the Tibet The Military Command will improve the combat capacity of the People's Liberation Army (EPL) in the regions of the plateau, the newspaper said, citing a military writer.

What is significant is that the Chinese government is encouraging the state broadcaster to show weapons, apparently to send signals to other countries, including India.

The two weapons were first presented to the public at the National Day military parade on October 1, 2019, in Beijing . They are capable of efficient manoeuvrings in Tibet ’s terrain due to their powerful engines.

The weapons were specifically designed to fire in plateau regions. The Tibet Military Command of the PLA deployed helicopters, armoured vehicles, heavy artillery, and anti-aircraft missiles across the region.

The military exercise is being carried out at a height of 3,700 meters in Lhasa, and the border defense with elevations of more than 4,000 meters, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

The heaviest combat weapons cannot reach the border areas without oxygen and, if they are lighter, do not have enough firepower, the newspaper said, citing a military expert.

The Type 15 tank is equipped with a 105mm cannon and advanced sensors that can devastate enemy light armored vehicles in regions unfit for deployment of the heavy main battle tank, the newspaper said.

The howitzer mounted on a 155 mm six-wheeled vehicle is high caliber, reacts quickly and can be easily deployed even if it is introduced into new ground, according to the newspaper.