Sunday, August 28, 2016

Photos of the day: Dalian shipyard 2006 vs 2016

Note the second-hand, Ukrainian Riga class floating casino in the background.  Not sure what will they do with that rusty bucket.  I am telling you, Chong Lot Travel Agency's US$20 million investment is a complete waste -- as of 2016, not a single slot machine is found there generating gambling income.

 2006, DDG115 Shenyang under construction

Aug 2016

2x Type 051C (DDG115 and DDG116)

Aug 2016 with 2xType052D

China's first military air ambulance debuts

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (ChinaMil) --The Military Transportation Institute under the Logistics Support Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) completed the final month-long environmental qualification test on China's first air ambulance jointly developed through military-civilian cooperation on August 19.

As it is increasingly normalized for the PLA troops to carry out cross-border military operations, such as naval escort mission in the Gulf of Aden, international peacekeeping and joint military exercises, it has been an irresistible trend that the PLA should rely on civilian aviation rescue institutions to provide direct wounded evacuation and transfer service and on this basis establish the emergency aviation transport and transfer mechanism for the sick and wounded, said an official with the Transportation Bureau of the Logistics Support Department under the CMC.

The Transportation Bureau signed a cooperation agreement with the Emergency Treatment Center of the Red Cross Society of China, Beijing Branch in June 2016 on using specialized medical rescue aircraft to implement transportation and transfer of the sick and wounded of the PLA.

A special medical aircraft dispatched by the Transportation Bureau successfully brought two seriously injured members of the Chinese peacekeeping force to South Sudan back to China after an 18-hour continuous flight on July 17, 2016.

It was the first wounded soldiers' cross-border evacuation and transfer operation jointly carried out by the military and civilian medical departments including the Health Bureau of the Logistics Support Department under the CMC, the PLA General Hospital and the Emergency Treatment Center of the Red Cross Society of China, Beijing Branch after the functioning of the cooperation agreement.

The Transportation Bureau will carry out in-depth feasibility studies on incorporating the specialized air ambulance into the strategic projection reserve force system of the PLA.

Friday, October 15, 2010

First Y-8 MedEvac enters service.

As a lesson learned from the recent earthquakes and other natural disasters, the PLAAF is commissioning a new fleet of Y-8C based MedEvac. A step that has been long overdue.

Perhaps the PLAAF can import some the "approved" C-130s and to model them after the USAF's Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, such as the 379th EAES.

Here are some PR write up from the PLA Daily:

PLA aviation medical rescue system moves one important step forward

(Source: PLA Daily) 2010-10-14

   A joint exercise was staged heatedly in an area in northwest China recently. The reporters saw on the site that a batch of the serious “wounded” were transferred to a transport aircraft with the logo of the Red Cross on its tail. According to the head of the Health Department of the Logistics Department of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), this is PLA’s first medical aircraft for transportation and evacuation. Its service will gain precious time for saving life of the wounded on battlefield.

  Following the medical workers to enter the cabin of the medical aircraft, the reporters found that the cabin was divided into ICU area and medical evacuation area, rows of specially-made multi-level sickbeds were installed, the medical workers fastened the “wounded” onto the sickbeds after medical check and classification and then they carried out such rescue actions as infusion, oxygen inhalation and vital sign monitoring. Several minutes later, the medical aircraft took off to evacuate the wounded.

  For its advantages in rapid reaction, rapid rescue and little restriction from operational area, the aviation medical rescue has become a main means for emergent medical rescue in various countries of the world. The developed countries and their militaries have already established their complete aviation medical rescue systems. The PLA modified a type of transport aircraft of its Air Force into the medical aircraft with 5 to 7 medical workers on board. It can satisfy the consecutive medical monitoring and emergent treatment for 2 seriously wounded patients and accommodate 39 wounded on stretchers and 15 wounded on seats for medical evacuation.

  The experts assessed that this medical aircraft could basically meet the demand of long-distance air transportation and medical rescue for batches of the wounded, symbolizing an important step forward of the PLA in building its aviation medical rescue system.

  By Liu Fazhong and Zhu Haoping

Editor:Zhang Qingxia

Friday, August 26, 2016

Two Y-8F-200W sold to Burma

making the Myanmar Air Force as the second operator of the 200W variant.   Eight were sold to the Venezuelan Air Force in 2013, 200W' first export win.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Photos of the day: 6 additional naval aviators certified for carrier operations

Zhang Chao could have been the 17th pilot certified on this day
-- hmmwv

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

A J-15 fighter crashed

Zhang Chao, the 29-year-old pilot was killed during a training mission.  According to reports from Chinese souses, a fly-by-wire system failure during an arrested landing was the cause.  RIP

Sunday, August 21, 2016

China's type091 55,000 ton replenishment tanker construction update, Aug 22nd, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Boring logistics picture of the day: The launch of the type091 55,000 ton replenishment tanker

Photos of the day: Type091 getting ready to launch

Friday, November 27, 2015

Photos of the day: China's type 901 replenishment tanker taking shape

Saturday, November 21, 2015

China's new ├╝ber 55,000 ton replenishment tanker (Type901)

For the last 12 months, there has been a hint that a 55,000t class new AOE  is under construction at GSI's Longxue shipyard.  Well,  judging from this latest set of photos, they are making good progress.

Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics -- The PLAN is taking this military maxim to heart.