Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 3: Ground Forces

Chinese PLA ground forces

 Eastern Theatre Command

ETC was created out of former Nanjing MR. PLA Rocket Force’s 61 Base (Formerly 51 Base) in Anhu is one of biggest bases for conventional missiles, most of which will be assigned to Eastern TC’s command. But control of nuclear missiles will remain under direct control of CMC. Eastern Fleet Commander serves as deputy theatre commander and commander of all naval forces in Eastern TC. 

This formation has multiple amphibious CABs (presumably 2 CABs in each GA)which regularly practise sea crossings and beach landings and are meant for Taiwan invasion. This means that there should be ~36,000 troops available for the first wave of ground forces which can cross Taiwan strait mostly on their own.  Rest will need support from navy and private militias.

  • HQ Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu  32° 2’33.75″N  118°48’32.77″E
  • Army HQ: Fuzhou, Fujian  26° 6’23.53″N  119°15’36.84″E
  • Air Force HQ: Nanjing, Jiangsu
  • Navy HQ: Ningbo, Zhejiang
PLA Eastern Theatre Command Units map
PLA Eastern Theatre Command Units map (check bottom of page for map link)

71st Group Army

71st GA was created out of former 12th Group Army plus a few more. It had following units:

  • 34th Motorised Infantry Brigade
  • 36th Motorised Infantry Division
  • 179th Motorised Infantry Brigade
  • Armoured Division
  • Artillery Brigade
  • Air Defence Brigade
Tank belonging to 160 CAB, 71st GA of Eastern TC
Tank belonging to 160 CAB, 71st GA of Eastern TC

71st Group Army31655Heping Road, Yunlong District, Xuzhou, JiangsuFormer 12th Group Army34°15’14.33″N117°12’29.87″E
2nd Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD1173089No. 117, Tongshan Road, Yunlong District, Xuzhou City, JiangsuWang Jie’s ArmyFormer 2nd Armoured Bde34°15’35.64″N117°12’54.87″E
35th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD1273087Jiawang, Xuzhou, JiangsuOld Locust Tree ArmyFormer 35th Mech Inf BdeOther Possible location: 34°28’32.17″N 117°45’12.32″E34°27’43.14″N117°26’26.60″E
160th Combined Arms BrigadeLD1371625Huangshu Road, Xinyi City, JiangsuFormer 160th Mechanized Infantry Brigade34°24’59.11″N118°19’51.38″E
178th Medium Combined Arms BrigadeLD1473047Lingxi North Road, Langya District, Chuzhou, Anhui ProvinceFormer 178th Brigade of Nanjing MR32°20’25.97″N118°20’1.60″E
179th Light Combined Arms BrigadeLD1573096Baishui Bridge, Qixia District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu ProvinceGlorious Linfen BrigadeFormer 179th Motorised Inf Bde32° 3’17.00″N118°54’2.01″E
235th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD1666220Fengle Avenue, Langya District, Chuzhou City, Anhui ProvinceJinan First RegimentFormer 235th Mech Inf Bde32°16’57.43″N118°18’55.19″E
71st Army Aviation Brigade31601Changjiang West Road, Sihong County, Jiangsu33°28’30.97″N118° 2’59.55″E
71st Artillery Brigade73101Jinshan East Road, Quanshan District, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu34°16’0.32″N117°13’32.25″E
71st Engineering & Chemical Defence Brigade31602^Zhihuai Road, Longzihu District, Bengbu City, Anhui Province32°57’34.10″N117°23’54.26″E
71st Air Defence Brigade73106Mianhuazhuang Town, Huaiyin District, Huai’an City, JiangsuFormer 12th Military Engineering Corps &Chemical Defence Regiment of Nanjing MR33°42’6.07″N119° 1’47.33″E
71st Special Operations Brigade73071Tanxin Road, Xinyi City, Jiangsu Province“Sea Shark” Amphibious34°24’4.33″N118°20’6.49″E
71st Service Support Brigade31603^Jinshan East Road, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu34°16’11.95″N117°14’41.53″E
Communications Regiment^73065Sihong, JiangsuUnder GA33°28’48.02″N118°11’25.48″E
Table 3.5.1: 71st GA, Eastern Theatre Command

72nd Group Army

72nd GA was created out of former 1st Group Army plus a few more units. It had following units:

  • 1st Amphibious Mechanised Infantry Division
  • 3rd Motorised Infantry Brigade
  • Armoured Division
  • 9th Artillery Division
  • Air Defence Brigade
Soldier belonging to 34th CAB, 72nd GA, Eastern TC
Soldier belonging to 34th CAB, 72nd GA, Eastern TC

72nd Group Army31657Yongjun Road, Wuxing District, Huzhou City, ZhejiangFormer 1st Group Army30°56’56.32″N119°59’29.44″E
5th Amphibious Combined Arms BrigadeLD3173021Ximuwu, Xihu District, Hangzhou CityFormer 1st amphibious mech div30°14’49.69″N120° 3’36.12″E
10th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD3273049Guangfu Town, Wuzhong District, Suzhou CityFormer 38th armoured regiment of Nanjing MR31°16’34.07″N120°22’35.86″E
34th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD3373091Biancheng Town, Jurong City, ZhenjiangEr Field Power BrigadeFormerly 34th Mechanised Infantry Brigade of 12th GA32° 4’25.91″N119°17’39.07″E
85th Medium Combined Arms BrigadeLD3473123Jingyang Town, Fuqing CitySteel Knife BrigadeFormer 86th Motorised Inf Reg25°48’26.62″N119°18’10.74″E
90th Light Combined Arms BrigadeLD3573132Huancheng West Road, Wucheng District, Jinhua CityJianfengshan Power BrigadeFormer 273rd Reg of 91st Div, 31st GA of Nanjing MR29° 7’19.81″N119°37’48.72″E
124th Combined Arms BrigadeLD3675210Zhongcun, Xihu.Amphibious?Huangcaoling Hero BrigadeFormer Amph Mech Inf 1st Div30° 9’16.99″N120° 1’41.93″E
72nd Artillery Brigade73135Longhai City, Zhangzhou, FujianApproximate location24°31’12.13″N117°51’28.90″E
72nd Air Defence Brigade73056Shitougang Village, Dantu District, Zhenjiang32° 8’52.14″N119°20’35.00″E
72nd Army Aviation BrigadeLH992cxx73602Jiangning District, Nanjing, Jiangsu31°58’36.61″N118°50’34.85″E
72nd Special Operations Brigade73181Hutai Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai31°19’5.65″N121°24’1.05″E
72nd Engineering & Chemical Defence Brigade31605Panshan, Huangmei Town, Jurong City, Jiangsu Province32° 1’37.32″N119° 5’49.14″E
72nd Service Support Brigade31606Hangchangqiao North Road, Huzhou City, Zhejiang30°54’11.46″N120° 2’3.19″E
72 Group Army Hospital32237Zhan Road, Wuxing District, Huzhou City, Zhejiang30°51’20.35″N120° 5’51.76″E
Table 3.5.2: 72nd GA, Eastern Theatre Command

73rd Group Army

Units of 14th GA, 73 GA, Eastern TC practising a beach landing
Units of 14th GA, 73 GA, Eastern TC practising a beach landing

73rd GA was created out of former 31st Group Army plus a few more units. It had following units:

  • 86th Division
  • 91st Motorised Infantry Division
  • 92nd Motorised Infantry Brigade
  • Amphibious Armoured Brigade
  • Artillery Brigade
  • Air Defence Brigade
73rd Group Army31659Bantou, Jimei District, XiamenFormer 31st Group Army24°39’53.69″N118° 2’19.83″E
3rd Light Combined Arms BrigadeLD5173051Meiyun Road, Tong’an District, Xiamen City, FujianFormer 3rd Motorised Infantry Brigade of 31st GA24°44’18.37″N118° 4’6.29″E
14th Combined Arms BrigadeLD5273156Jianshe North Road, Wu’an Town, Changtai County, Zhangzhou City, FujianAmphibious?Former 14th Amphibious Armoured Brigade of 31st GA24°38’55.31″N117°46’1.87″E
86th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD5373127Jianshe North Road, Wu’an Town, Changtai County, ZhangzhouFormer 86th Motorised Division26°20’7.79″N119°29’26.34″E
91st Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLD5473133Guangmingshan, Longhai City, Zhangzhou City, FujianAmphibious. Former 91st Motorized Infantry Division of 31st GA.PLZ07B Amphibious 122mm SPH, ZTD05 Amphibious Assault Gun, and ZBD05 Amphibious ICV24°25’38.03″N117°34’55.58″E
92nd Medium Combined Arms BrigadeLD5573141East Village, Xinzhen, Nan’an City25° 2’27.33″N118°23’26.70″E
145th Combined Arms BrigadeLD5675222Liantang, Jinping District, Shantou CityFirst-Class Combat RegimentFormer 163rd Div Mototised23°25’57.23″N116°35’1.67″E
73rd Artillery Brigade73146Guangming Village, Nan’an City^25°56’56.21″N119°27’17.53″E
73rd Army Aviation BrigadeLH993cxx73159Meishan Village, Quanzhou City, FujianMi-171, Mi-171E, Z-8B, Z-9WZ, Z-10A, Z-1925° 1’45.90″N118°48’27.13″E
73rd Special Operations Brigade^73653Xianzhi, Nan’an City, Quanzhou City, FujianNo. 22, Meishan Village, Luocheng, Hui’an County, Quanzhou25° 1’35.07″N118°46’39.75″E
73rd Air Defence Brigade73151Beichenshan Road, Wuxian Town, Tong’anBeichenshan Road, Wuxian24°46’45.72″N118°13’59.34″E
73rd Engineering & Chemical Defence Brigade31607Hushan, Longhai City, Zhangzhou24°28’10.54″N117°34’10.97″E
73rd Air Defence Brigade73151Hushan, Longhai City, Zhangzhou City, Fujian ProvinceFormer Air Defence Brigade, 31st MR, Nanjing MR3x Battalions of Russia Tor-M1, 12 x launcher vehicles per battalion2x Battalions of HA-16A SAM1x Battalion of PG 35mm AAA1 Company of HN-6 MANPADS organic to Brigade HQ
73rd Military Hospital32251Wenyuan Road, Xiamen24°27’33.14″N118° 5’50.13″E
73rd Service Support Brigade^31608Guankou Avenue, Jimei District24°35’57.99″N117°57’28.27″E
Table 3.5.3: 73rd GA, Eastern Theatre Command

Other Units Under Eastern TC

1st ECM Brigade73676Chengyang Road, Jiangyin City, Wuxi31°52’3.10″N120°19’41.45″E
31st Comms Brigade^73115Tong’an District, Xiamen, Fujian24°42’40.92″N118° 7’16.21″E
1st Information/Comms Brigade^31617Yingqian Street, Changle25°57’39.13″N119°28’29.41″E
2nd Information/Cyber Brigade^31648Qinglongling, Fusui County, Chongzuo22°36’48.05″N107°54’19.51″E
1st Rocket Artillery Brigade73037Plum Garden, Wuxi, JiangsuFrom 201st Brigade of Long-Range Rocket ArtilleryPHL-03 self-propelled rocket launcherDF-17 hypersonic ballistic missile31°33’20.13″N120°10’40.93″E
31st Pontoon Bridge Brigade^73211Jiangning, Nanjing, JiangsuFormer Pontoon 31st Brigade + 13th & 15th Coastal Defence Regiments of Wenzhou MD31°59’4.11″N118°57’35.36″E
Tactical Training Base31619Wuxi , Jiangsu32°34’35.47″N118° 6’28.39″E
1st Comprehensive Training Base^73037Chengyang Road, Jiangyin, Jiangsu31°56’39.77″N119°11’52.65″E
2nd Comprehensive Training Base^31620Duntou Village, Fuqing25°44’32.74″N119°16’57.82″E
73rd Artillery^25° 5’32.82″N118°31’16.86″E
Artillery^25° 2’34.22″N118°31’57.83″E
Sanjie Tactical Training BaseSanjie Town, Mingguang32°34’34.54″N118° 6’23.77″E
Table 3.5.3: Other Units, Eastern Theatre Command

Eastern TC Coastal Defence Brigades

301st Brigade31609Sijia, Haimen, JiangsuFormer 1st Coastal Defence Brigade32° 0’16.02121°16’39.19
302nd Brigade31610Zhoushan City, Zhejiang29°57’57.17122°14’29.60
302nd Boat Brigade^31611Baisha Wharf, Baisha Road, Jiangbei29°53’8.38″N121°33’47.90″E
303rd Coastal Defence Brigade31612Changle, Fuzhou City, Fujian25°57’33.90119°31’26.97
303rd Boat Brigade^31613Sanjiangkou Town, Hanjiang25°26’25.97″N119° 7’17.09″E
304th Brigade31614Huli District, Xiamen City, Fujian26° 2’36.52″N119°16’11.19″E
304th Boat Brigade^31615Haotou, Huli District, Xiamen24°30’0.94″N118° 4’40.23″E
Reserve Brigade/Regiment^Ningde, Fujian26°39’44.09″N119°32’44.54″E
Table 3.5.4: Border Defence, Eastern Theatre Command

Eastern TC Map:,115.0734875,225.74267428a,2252118.236535d,30y,0h,0t,0r/data=MigKJgokCiAxUVJmQVpqZXZZbzRzcnVFd3Nmd3VTSEVkLS1HMEE1byAC

8 thoughts on “Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 3: Ground Forces

  1. You didn’t seem to get a lot of attention for this but I just wanted to let you know this is some great stuff!

  2. Its so much of hard work
    Can you share something on UAV Brigade, EW Brigade and Marine Brigade – organization, capability etc

    1. Thanks. Marines have been covered to some extent in one of the posts. There isn’t much useful information available about the rest right now. Maybe will write something in a few months

  3. thanks the valuable information provide by you. is it possible to get .cvs file which you refer in above map view for various theater e.g. China ORBAT Map – East TC.csv, China ORBAT Map – South TC.csv, China ORBAT Map – Central.csv, China ORBAT Map – Airborne.csv, China ORBAT Map – Marine.csv, China ORBAT Map – Border Units.csv, China ORBAT Map – North TC.csv, China ORBAT Map – West TC.csv

  4. Why not? There’s no secrets to keep from the US. JJ has done a fantastical job from published sources. Saying “you’re wrong but I cant reveal my sources” is morally wrong.

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