Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 3: Ground Forces

Chinese PLA ground forces

Central Theatre Command

It has no naval fleet, but has a few naval training and aviation bases.  Apparently it doesn’t not have any naval vessels but controls a few other service branches of the navy. Its area of operation includes Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi and Tianjin plus South China Sea. For a TC which is not deployed on any land borders, it is quite well armed. It may play a role in case of war with Japan and as a reserve. 

It is charged with security of the capital and also trains personnel vital for the PLA command structure. 

PLA Central Theatre Command Units map
PLA Central Theatre Command Units map
  • HQ Location: Shijingshan, Beijing  39°57’12.57″N 116°11’2.47″E
  • Army HQ: Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province.   38° 2’29.72″N 114°25’38.00″E
  • Air Force HQ: Dongcheng District, Beijing

81st Group Army

81st GA was created out of former 65th Group Army. It had following units:

  • 193rd Inf Division (Red 1st Division)
  • 195th Motorised Infantry Brigade
  • 207th Motorised Infantry Brigade
  • Armoured Brigade
  • 14th Artillery Brigade
81st Group Army31675No. 30 Jianguo Road, Qiaodong District, Zhangjiakou City40°46’2.46″N114°54’15.90″E66455 or 31675 MUCD
7th Combined Arms BrigadeLZ1132133No. 12 Junmin Road, Datong City, Shanxi39°56’42.01113°15’34.96
70th Combined Arms BrigadeLZ1266028Shishiyuan Village, Shuangqiao District, Chengde City, Hebei41° 0’49.46″N117°54’13.26″E
70th Combined Arms Brigade 2LZ1266028Chuanfangyu Township40° 4’20.09″N117°18’36.22″E
162nd Combined Arms BrigadeLZ1371352No. 12 Jiefang South Road, Xuanhua District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei40°36’5.59″N115° 2’12.46″E
Former 162nd Mechanized Infantry Division
162nd Combined Arms Brigade 2LZ1371352Santiaoyan Village, Xuanhua County, Zhangjiakou City40°34’20.85″N114°59’35.63″E
189th Combined Arms BrigadeLZ1466058Yangcun, Wuqing, Tianjin39°22’2.64″N117° 4’32.74″E
194th Combined Arms BrigadeLZ1532134Cangshangtun, Jizhou District, Tianjin40° 4’25.61″N117°29’25.50″EFrom Former 6th Armored Division
194th Combined Arms Brigade 2LZ1532134Xiyanhe Village, Jizhou District, Tianjin40° 1’2.71″N117°17’8.22″EFrom Former 6th Armored Division
194th Combined Arms Brigade 3LZ1532134Wangzhuang Village, Dashan, Yutian County, Tangshan City, Hebei39°57’14.89″N117°38’11.21″EFrom Former 6th Armored Division
195th Combined Arms BrigadeLZ1666029Chahan Oboo, , Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia42°16’15.88″N112°44’26.26″ETraining brigade
81st Air Defence BrigadeLZ2266109Beiying, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province39°57’19.54″N119°35’37.52″E
81st Air Defence Brigade 2LZ2266109Dongdaying, Shanhaiguan District, Qinhuangdao40° 0’36.60″N119°45’59.65″E
81st Air Defence Brigade 3^LZ2266109Shihebi, Shanhaiguan District, Qinhuangdao39°58’0.21″N119°47’8.59″E
81st Air Defence Brigade 4^LZ2266109Qianmianhuazhuangcun, Shanhaiguan District, Qinhuangdao, Hebei40° 1’16.05″N119°44’12.74″E
81st Engineering and Chemical Defence BrigadeLZ2532136Yangbei Road, Jinzhong Street, Dongli District, Tianjin39°13’31.17″N117°21’10.64″E
81st Engineering and Chemical Defence Brigade 2^LZ2532136Tiehuandian Village, Beichen District, Tianjin39°10’14.39″N117° 1’50.93″EPerhaps abandoned base
81st Engineering and Chemical Defence Brigade 3^LZ2532136Xiaonanxinbao Town, Huailai County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei40°18’54.56″N115°43’15.03″E
81st Engineering and Chemical Defence Brigade 4^LZ2532136Guandang Town, Huailai County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei40°15’6.17″N115°34’23.59″E
81st Special Operations BrigadeLZ2332135Ma Ying Village, Nanjiao District, Datong City, Shanxi40° 5’21.89″N113°13’18.80″E
81st Special Operations Brigade 2LZ2332135Ma Ying Village, Nanjiao District, Datong City, Shanxi40° 5’39.52″N113°13’43.37″ETraining area
81st Artillery BrigadeLZ2166081Wulitai, Huailai County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei40°24’33.53″N115°29’28.30″E
81st Service Support Brigade^LZ2632137No. 18, Chayu Road, Qiaodong District, Zhangjiakou40°45’59.78″N114°54’42.32″E
81st Service Support Brigade 2LZ2632137Huushi Town, Qiaodong District, Zhangjiakou City40°43’38.33″N114°54’46.79″E
81st Army Aviation BrigadeLH951cxx
61267Tongzhou, Beijing39°48’33.37″N116°42’17.43″E
81st Army Aviation Brigade 2^LH951cxx
61267No. 806, Sanjianfang Village, Zhangjiawan Town, Tongzhou District39°52’31.73″N116°40’31.71″E
81st Army Group Hospital^No. 13 Jianguo Road, Qiaodong District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei40°48’37.24″N114°53’49.84″E
Table 3.4.1: 81st GA, Central Theatre Command (Updated: June 2023)

IMAGE:A tank belonging to 195th Heavy CAB of Central TC
IMAGE:A tank belonging to 195th Heavy CAB of Central TC

82nd Group Army

82nd GA was created out of former 38th Group Army plus a few more. It had following units:

  • 112nd Mechanised Infantry Division
  • 113th Mechanised Infantry Division
  • 6th Armoured Division
  • 6th Artillery Brigade
  • Air Defence Brigade (Mechanised)
  • Chemical Defence Regiment
  • Army Aviation/Helicopter regiment
A tank belonging to 82nd GA, Central TC
A tank belonging to 82nd GA, Central TC

82nd Group Army66393Wusi Middle Road, Jingxiu DistrictFormer 38th Group Army. 3167738°52’43.12″N115°28’16.45″E
6th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLZ3166325 or 66069Nankou Town, Changping District, BeijingLoyal Power BrigadeFormer 6th Tank Division40°13’23.37″N116° 6’19.12″E
80th Medium Combined Arms BrigadeLZ3266172No. 9 Cuipingshan Road, LuquanSonggu Peak Heroes GroupFormer 22nd Brigade/Division38° 2’51.86″N114°22’12.84″E
127th Medium Combined Arms Brigade.LZ3671282Wusi Middle Road, Baoding City, Hebei ProvinceIron ArmyFormer 127th Mech Inf Division38°52’54.07″N115°30’23.08″E
151st Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLZ3332138Maoshan Village, Mancheng, BaodingEquipment from 139th Brigade and 337th Mech Inf Reg38°55’56.42″N115°17’10.89″E
188th Heavy Combined Army Brigade.LZ3466016Qiyi South Road, Xinzhou City, ShanxiWild Eight BrigadeFormer 188th Mech Inf Bde38°24’48.47″N112°43’29.74″E
196th Light Combined Arms Brigade^LZ3566481Erlaozhuang, Fengtai District, BeijingYimeng LionFormer 86th Mot Inf Div39°22’26.10″N117° 4’41.21″E
82nd Special Operations Brigade66011Tianhe North Road, Daxing District, Beijing40° 6’30.01″N117° 7’56.65″E
82nd Artillery Brigade32139Donggao Village, Pinggu District, Beijing40° 6’30.01″N117° 7’56.65″E
82nd Air Defence Brigade32140Xuefu Road, Xinhua District, Shijiazhuang City38° 9’11.71″N114°26’51.59″E
82nd Army Aviation BrigadeLH952cxx66350Lingyun Street, Lianchi District, Baoding38°50’15.31″N115°30’58.56″E
82nd Special Operations Brigade66011Tianhe North Road, Daxing District, Beijing39°41’12.92″N116°20’20.78″E
82nd Engineer & Chemical Defence Brigade^32141Yangfang Town, Changping District, Beijing40° 7’24.46″N116°12’19.16″E
82nd Service Support Brigade^32142Tantou Village, Mancheng County^38°48’27.05″N115°18’43.25″E
82nd Group Army Hospital31677Baoding City, Hebei
Table 3.4.2: 82nd GA, Central Theatre Command

83rd Group Army

A engineering vehicle belonging to 60th CAB of 83rd GA, Central TC
A engineering vehicle belonging to 60th CAB of 83rd GA, Central TC

83rd GA was created out of former 54th Group Army plus a few more units. It had following units:

  • 127th Light Mechanised Infantry DIvision
  • 160th Motorised Infantry Division
  • 162nd Motorised Infantry Division
  • 11th Armoured Division
  • Artillery Brigade
  • Air Defence Brigade
83rd Group Army^31679Muye District, XinxiangFormer 54th Group Army35°17’45.59″N113°54’10.79″E
11th Heavy Combined Arms BrigadeLZ5132143Queshan, HenanRed Army Iron Arms BrigadeFormer 11thArmoured/58th Mechanized Infantry Brigade32°48’44.98″N114° 1’9.49″E
58th Medium Combined Arms BrigadeLZ5271622Wenhua Road, Weidu District, Xuchang City, HenanYimeng LionFormer 86th Motorised Inf Div34° 1’11.20113°43’25.59
60th Medium Combined Arms Brigade.LZ5371897Xinfeng Street, Lintong District, Xi’an City, Shaanxi ProvinceOne River and Mountain BdeFormer 60th Mech Inf Brigade, 20th GA of Jinan MR34°24’33.89″N109°15’57.48″E
113th Combined Arms Brigade^LZ5466069Luoyang City , HenanFlying Tiger BrigadeFormer 13th Mech Inf Div34°36’18.62″N112°27’13.29″E
131st Medium Combined Arms Brigade^LZ5532144Linwei District, Weinan City, ShaanxiRed Second Regiment of the Autumn Harvest UprisingFormer 9th Armoured Brigade34°29’15.17″N109°31’0.57″E
193rd Medium Combined Arms Brigade.LZ5666188Anzhang Avenue, Anyang County, HenanFormer 193rd Brigade of 65th GA, Beijing MR40°39’48.73115° 2’35.65
161st Air Assault BrigadeLH953cxx32145Weibin District, Xinxiang City, HenanFormer 1st LH Army Aviation35°17’49.80″N113°50’16.50″E
83rd Special Operations Brigade^32148Aimin Road, Queshan County, Henan32°48’41.22″N114° 0’46.17″E
83rd Engineer & Chemical Defence Brigade^32149Mabu Village, Mengjin County, Luoyang City, Henan34°48’34.83″N112°27’32.76″E
83rd Service Support Brigade^32150Weibin District, Xinxiang City, Henan35°15’15.85″N113°53’16.13″E
83rd Air Defence Brigade32147Jintai District, Baoji City, Shaanxi34°21’32.44″N107°15’55.05″E
83rd Artillery Brigade^32146Jiefang District, Jiaozuo City, Henan Province35°15’0.83″N113°14’36.60″E
83 Group Military Hospital^Wenhua Street, Xinxiang City, Henan35°17’24.37″N113°52’28.90″E
Table 3.4.3: 83rd GA, Central Theatre Command

Other Units Under Central TC

112nd (I) Mechanised Infantry Division66336Cui Zhongwang Village, Gaobeidian39°21’40.10″N115°49’47.84″E
Air Defence Regiment -112 Div66289Biangezhuang Village, Zhuozhou39°28’21.24″N115°54’22.51″E
334th Inf Regiment -112 Div66295Duntai Village, Zhuozhou39°24’7.22″N115°52’50.57″E
335th Inf Regiment -112 Div66184Mawuzhuang Village, Yi39°21’47.27″N115°33’58.36″E
Armored regiment -112 Div66157Beitang Road, Dingxing County39°12’43.48″N115°44’10.31″E
Artillery Regiment -112 Div^66382Fuqian Street, Laishui39°20’19.91″N115°39’14.09″E
Queshan Contract Tactical Training Base^Aimin Road, Queshan County,32°46’33.93″N114° 3’4.26″E
9th Comprehensive Training Base^32153Gebei Street, Xuanhua40°45’7.99″N115°10’57.36″E
10th Comprehensive Training BaseXitiangong Village, Lucheng City, Changzhi36°17’28.38″N113° 8’18.48″E
Unidentified^Shiziyuancun, Shuangqiao District, Chengde41° 0’47.84″N117°53’58.82″E
Unidentified^93700^Tanghe, Huairou, Beijing40°51’21.01″N116°42’12.82″E
StorageLeizi Reservoir39°27’9.22″N115°36’55.35″E
Unidentified^93507^Huiguan Road, Luquan District, Shijiazhuang38° 3’41.85″N114°20’0.72″E
Table 3.4.3: Other Units, Central Theatre Command

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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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