Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 5: Air Force

PLA AIR FORCE ORBAT & STRUCTURE In December 2011, PLAAF started creation of Air Brigade structure by upgrading 14 existing Air Regiment (AR) HQs and abolished 4 existing Air Division HQs. All the brigades were assigned to one of four Bases New Command Structure for fighter and ground attack aircraft is as following: PLAAF HQ […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 2: Composition Of Ground Forces

PLA has changed it’s command structure from Group Army, Division, Regiment to one comprising of  Group Army, Brigades and Battalions. Each of five Theater Commands has 2-3 Group Armies (total of 13) under its control which in turn have 4-6 CABs in combat and 4-7 brigades and independent battalions in supporting roles. Some of TCs […]

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 1 :Reorganisation of Chinese Military

In 2017, 18 Group Armies (GA, similar to Corps in other militaries) were reorganised into 13 GAs. Air Force, Navy, Rocket forces are being included in these new GAs under new designations. Previously 7 Military Regions(MR) have been converted into five Theater Commands (TC) Northern, Southern, Central, Eastern and Western.  Space, Cyber and Electronic warfare […]

Order of Battle of Chinese Armed Forces

I started researching about ORBAT (Order of Battle) of India, China and Pakistan in earnest after I started writing a military thriller Kaalkut. My aim at first was just to get a somewhat detailed idea of the forces which could be used to write a realistic scenario, but it turned in to a detailed project […]

Kaalkut. Chapter 24.

16 April 2020 Beijing. Sachin Kumar was happy that he had managed to take a day off to see the city and take some pictures after a long time. He had bought his Canon mirrorless DSLR few months back after he was posted to the Indian consulate in Beijing. After settling in his work routine, […]