Order of Battle of Chinese Armed Forces

Chinese PLA ground forces

REFERENCES:

Following are the references I’ve used to compile this data. Rest of data is some educated guesses.

  1. A Potent Vector: Assessing Chinese Cruise Missile Developments By Dennis M. Gormley, Andrew S. Erickson, and Jingdong Yuan https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/577568/jfq-75-a-potent-vector-assessing-chinese-cruise-missile-developments/
  2. Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) https://www.chinavitae.com/institution/mil 
  3. Chairman Xi Remakes The PLA: Assessing Chinese Military Reforms
  4. China’s Eagle Strike-Eight Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles: YJ-81, YJ-82, and C802 CHRISTOPHER P. CARLSON https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/chinas-eagle-strike-eight-anti-ship-cruise-missiles-yj-81-yj-82-and-c802/
  5. China Military Power Report 2009 https://web.archive.org/web/20150612120406/http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/China_Military_Power_Report_2009.pdf
  6. THE U.S. NUCLEAR WAR PLAN: A TIME FOR CHANGE https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/us-nuclear-war-plan-report.pdf
  7. Impact Of PLA: New Theatre Commands August 05, 2017; By: Maj Gen P K Chakravorty (Retired) https://bharatshakti.in/impact-of-plas-new-theatre-commands/
  8. China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33153.pdf
  9. PLA Orbat reform update (Jun 2017)  https://china-defense.blogspot.com/2017/06/pla-orbat-reform-update-jun-2017.html
  10. A NEW PLA FORCE STRUCTURE Dennis J. Blasko https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/conf_proceedings/CF145/CF145.chap13.pdf
  11. CHINA’S GLOBAL NAVAL STRATEGY AND EXPANDING FORCE STRUCTURE https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7871&context=nwc-review
  12. How is China Modernizing its Navy? Https://chinapower.csis.org/china-naval-modernization/
  13. Military Digest | Detailed Order of Battle: Chinese Forces in Eastern Ladakh https://indianexpress.com/article/india/military-digest-detailed-order-of-battle-chinese-forces-in-eastern-ladakh-6513871/
  14. What Are China’s Plans for its Airborne Corps? https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/what-are-chinas-plans-for-military-aviation/
  15. Border dispute: China has 200,000 troops at LAC in conflict-ready mode https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/border-dispute-china-has-200-000-troops-at-lac-in-conflict-ready-mode-120072000052_1.html
  16. The Pak-China twin winter-offensive? Part-1 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/rakshakindia/the-pak-china-twin-winter-offensive-part-1/
  17. The Strategic Postures of China and India: A Visual Guide Frank O’Donnell Alex Bollfrass  https://www.belfercenter.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/india-china-postures/China%20India%20Postures%20-%20Tables.pdf
  18. China’s Naval Structure and Dynamics https://www.idsa-india.org/an-oct9-4.html
  19. The Chinese Navy’s Marine Corps, Part 1: Expansion and Reorganization https://jamestown.org/program/the-chinese-navys-marine-corps-part-1-expansion-and-reorganization/
  20. Military Digest | Poised Against India: The PLA’s Western Theatre Command https://indianexpress.com/article/india/military-digest-poised-against-india-the-plas-western-theatre-command-6526051/
  21. Capabilities of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) – Indo Tibet Border https://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/2020/6/13/Chinese-force.amp.html
  22. PLA reorganises group armies and airborne corps https://sinodefence.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/pla-reorganises-group-armies-and-airborne-corps/
  23. China’s National Defense in the New Era http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-07/24/content_9567379.htm
  24. China’s Cruise Missile Capabilities: Implications for the Indian Army and Air Force https://www.orfonline.org/research/chinas-cruise-missile-capabilities/
  25. POSSIBLE ICBM MODERNIZATION UNDERWAY AT SUNDIAN by Scott LaFoy https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1208828/possible-icbm-modernization-underway-at-sundian/
  26. INSIDE NUCLEAR FACILITY AT CHINA https://nuclearfareast.blogspot.com/
  27. THE CHINESE NAVY’S MARINE CORPS, PART 1: EXPANSION AND REORGANIZATION https://cimsec.org/the-chinese-navys-marine-corps-part-1-expansion-and-reorganization/
  28. Securing Borders: China’s Doctrine and Force Structure for Frontier Defense https://taylorfravel.com/documents/research/fravel.2007.JSS.securing.borders.pdf
  29. Air and Space Power with Chinese Characteristics https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/ASPJ/journals/Volume-34_Issue-1/F-McCabe.pdf
  30. Three Kingdoms Art Garden’s Archiver http://sanguocn.com/archiver/?tid-75940.html&page=2
  31. PLA Navy Order of Battle https://web.archive.org/web/20070305175650/http://www.sinodefence.com/organisation/navy/default.asp
  32. PLA Second Artillery Corps Technical Report APA-TR-2009-1204 Sean O’Connor, BA, MS (AMU) https://web.archive.org/web/20201217042802/http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-PLA-Second-Artillery-Corps.html
  33. Chinese armed forces http://eng.mod.gov.cn/ArmedForces
  34. MND holds press conference on CMC organ reshuffle https://web.archive.org/web/20171204072938/http://eng.mod.gov.cn/Press/2016-01/12/content_4636293.htm
  35. PLA Marine Corps’ brigade conducts training to boost combat capacity http://eng.mod.gov.cn/news/2021-08/17/content_4892174_6.htm
  36. Growing Big – Know About Chinese Airborne Forces https://airpowerasia.com/2020/06/09/growing-big-know-about-chinese-airborne-forces/
  37. ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS https://media.defense.gov/2019/May/02/2002127082/-1/-1/1/2019%20CHINA%20MILITARY%20POWER%20REPORT%20(1).PDF
  38. SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILE GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT STORAGE FACILITIES https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP85T00060R000300750001-9.pdf
  39. China is placing key generals on India border near Ladakh http://www.sunday-guardian.com/investigation/china-is-placing-key-generals-on-india-border-near-ladakh
  40. China’s missile force is growing at an unprecedented rate The nation appears to have introduced 11 new missile brigades since May 2017.  https://www.popsci.com/story/blog-eastern-arsenal/china-missile-force-growing/
  41. China’s Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System https://project2049.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/chinas_nuclear_warhead_storage_and_handling_system.pdf
  42. LAC faceoff: Chinese PLA’s Southern Xinjiang Military District and its commanders https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/india-china-ladakh-lac-pla-southern-xinjiang-military-district-1691515-2020-06-22
  43. Xinjiang Military Region: Air Assets to Monitor by Air Marshal Anil Chop
  44. An Introduction to China’s High-Mobility Combined Arms Battalion Concept https://www.benning.army.mil/Infantry/Magazine/issues/2020/Fall/pdf/5_Arostegui-HIMOB_txt.pdf
  45.  Brigadization of the PLA Air Force https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/CASI/documents/Brigade_paper.pdf?ver=2020-06-14-133411-607
  46. People’s Liberation Army Operational Concepts https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RRA300/RRA394-1/RAND_RRA394-1.pdf
  47. PLAAF SAM Unit Hierarchy, Sean O’Connor
  48. The PLA as Organization v2.0. – Dtic https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/AD1082742.pdf
  49. Detailed military regions map of China – 1996 https://www.mapsland.com/asia/china/detailed-military-regions-map-of-china-1996
  50. Learning from Russia: How China used Russian models and experiences to modernize the PLA  https://merics.org/en/report/learning-russia-how-china-used-russian-models-and-experiences-modernize-pla 
  51. Opposing Strategems On PoK; PLAGF High-Altitude Plateau Warfare Exercises in TAR; & ORBAT Of TMD https://trishul-trident.blogspot.com/2020/05/plagf-high-altitude-plateau-warfare.html
  52. Perspective of PLA Force Levels, Capabilities & Intent: Ladakh War Scenarios   https://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/2020/7/20/-Ladakh-War-Scenarios.html
  53. 部队番号?部队代号?你搞清楚了没 https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/29791684
  54. 影像中的中国人民解放军火箭军 http://mil.qianlong.com/2016/0104/243416.shtml
  55. China’s Naval Structure and Dynamics Srikanth Kondapalli https://ciaotest.cc.columbia.edu/olj/sa/sa_99kos02.html
  56. Defense Intelligence Agency: CHINA MILITARY POWER Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win
  57. PLA Rocket Force – Order of battle https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/china/plarf-orbat.htm
  58. People’s Liberation Army Operational Concepts https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RRA300/RRA394-1/RAND_RRA394-1.pdf
  59. Mapping the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force https://www.aboyandhis.blog/post/mapping-the-people-s-liberation-army-rocket-force
  60. Training the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Forces https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR1400/RR1414/RAND_RR1414.pdf 
  61. China Army Orbat Update: Light High Mobility Infantry Company of a Light Combined-Arms Brigade https://china-defense.blogspot.com/2020/10/china-army-orbat-update-light-high.html
  62. Analysis: China’s Critical Western Theater Command https://international.thenewslens.com/article/59413
  63. ‘CHINA’S FOCUS ON MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN TIBET’ JAYADEVA RANADE https://ccasindia.org/issue_policy.php?ipid=36
  64. People’s Liberation Army Ground Force Air Defences In Tibet: An Analysis http://delhidefencereview.com/2020/04/26/peoples-liberation-army-ground-force-air-defences-in-tibet-an-analysis/
  65. http://www.haijun360.com
  66. China is reinforcing underground military facilities near Tibet-Arunachal border The underground facilities near Lhoka town include a possible ammunition storage facility and the headquarters of the PLA’s Tibet Military District. https://theprint.in/defence/china-is-reinforcing-underground-military-facilities-near-tibet-arunachal-border/217826/
  67. Conor Kennedy U.S. Naval War College. China Maritime Report No. 15: The New Chinese Marine Corps: A “Strategic Daggerr” in  a Cross–Strait Invasion 
  68. Chinese nuclear forces, 2019 Hans M. Kristensen & Matt Korda https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2019.1628511
  69. SECTION 2: CHINA’S MILITARY REORGANIZATION AND MODERNIZATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES https://www.uscc.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/Chapter%202%20Section%202-%20China’s%20Military%20Reorganization%20and%20Modernization,%20Implications%20for%20the%20United%20States_0.pdf
  70. Central Theater Command https://www.wikizero.com/en/Central_Theater_Command
  71. Military rezoning shows China’s focus is on winning wars https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/military-rezoning-shows-chinas-focus-is-on-winning-wars
  72. China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps https://thediplomat.com/2017/03/china-is-building-a-100000-strong-marine-corps/
  73. 2019 Pentagon report: China’s Rocket Force trajectory https://www.iiss.org/blogs/military-balance/2019/05/pla-rocket-force-trajectory
  74. The People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force: reshaping China’s approach to strategic deterrence 
  75. Chinese Maritime Report No. 15 by Connor Kennedy https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=cmsi-maritime-reports
  76. https://adamni.com/download/Gill%20and%20Ni%202019%20-%20PLARF%20and%20deterrence.pdf
  77. The Military Balance. Annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics https://www.iiss.org/publications/the-military-balance
  78. The Army’s Amphibious Brigade takes command of heavy armor and large firepower http://www.takungpao.com/news/232108/2019/1209/387806.html
  79. China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33153.pdf
  80. Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2020 https://media.defense.gov/2020/Sep/01/2002488689/-1/-1/1/2020-DOD-CHINA-MILITARY-POWER-REPORT-FINAL.PDF
  81. CHINA’S MILITARY MODERNIZATION IN 2017 https://www.uscc.gov/sites/default/files/2019-10/Chapter%202,%20Section%202%20-%20China’s%20Military%20Modernization%20in%202017.pdf
  82. THE GROWING DRAGON: THE RADICAL REORGANIZATION OF THE PLA http://cimsec.org/growing-dragon-radical-reorganization-pla/36165
  83. China’s Evolving Military Strategy and the Reorganization of the People’s Liberation Army 
  84. https://www.aboyandhis.blog/post/disco-music-and-the-df-26
  85. Disco Music and the DF-26 https://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-evolving-military-strategy-the-reorganization-the-17508
  86. China Reorganizes Northern Nuclear Missile Launch Sites http://www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03files/Launch_Sites_Delingha_Mountain_Range_China_01.html
  87. China’s army redoubles modernisation effort https://www.ft.com/content/b255a1c0-1e69-11e9-b126-46fc3ad87c65
  88. Historical Experience and Innovation in China’s Politics in the Context of Current Geopolitical Changes http://bintel.com.ua/en/article/06-24-lebid/
  89. Integrating the PLA Rocket Force into Conventional Theater Operations https://jamestown.org/program/integrating-the-pla-rocket-force-into-conventional-theater-operations/
  90. 18个集团军部署完成,五大战区都在做什么 https://web-archive-org.translate.goog/web/20160426031129/http://news.ifeng.com/a/20160419/48503181_0.shtml?_x_tr_sl=zh-CN&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc
  91. China’s Uranium Enrichment Capacity: Rapid Expansion to Meet Commercial Needs https://www.belfercenter.org/sites/default/files/legacy/files/chinasuraniumenrichmentcapacity.pdf
  92. China’s Stockpile of Military Plutonium: a New Estimate https://www.belfercenter.org/sites/default/files/legacy/files/INMM-PU2.pdf
  93. Second Artillery Corps https://fas.org/nuke/guide/china/agency/2-corps.htm
  94. PLARF Missile Force Structure 2020 https://thebulletin.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Kristensen-Korda_Nov-Dec-China-Table2_final.pdf
  95. 曾被称为海上步兵,现在装备大换装,中国海军陆战队快认不出来了 https://k.sina.com.cn/article_1183596331_468c3f2b00100tqbt.html?from=mil
  96. PLA Aerospace Power: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/CASI/Books/Primer_2nd_Edition_Web_2019-07-30.pdf?ver=2019-08-05-102017-503
  97. PLA Air Force’s operations over water https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Portals/10/CASI/documents/Research/PLAAF/CASI%202016%20Conference%20PLAAF%20Over%20Water.pdf?ver=2017-12-06-131807-753
  98. Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019  https://media.defense.gov/2019/May/02/2002127082/-1/-1/1/2019_CHINA_MILITARY_POWER_REPORT.pdf
  99. 第79集团军某合成旅炮兵营开展跨昼夜火力打击演练 http://www.81.cn/2021zt/2021-07/13/content_10061408.htm
  100. Combined-arms brigade conducts live-fire training  https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1267898.shtml
  101.  Dennis J. Blasko. PLA Ground Forces: Moving Toward a Smaller, More Rapidly Deployable, Modern Combined Arms Force
  102. [今日环球]陆军第72集团军:“动”中射击 检验步兵综合作战能力|新闻来了  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd46c1ZBsIY
  103. Growing Big – Know About Chinese Airborne Forces https://airpowerasia.com/2020/06/09/growing-big-know-about-chinese-airborne-forces/
  104. PLA reorganises group armies and airborne corps https://sinodefence.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/pla-reorganises-group-armies-and-airborne-corps/
  105. 陆军第82集团军某合成旅组织合成营开展实弹战术演练  https://www.bilibili.com/s/video/BV1wf4y1R7gP
  106. 第73集团军某两栖重型旅在东南沿海演练渡海夺岛 https://mil.sina.cn/zgjq/2021-07-27/detail-ikqciyzk7915350.d.html
  107. China Military Power: Modernizing a force to fight and win https://www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Power%20Publications/China_Military_Power_FINAL_5MB_20190103.pdf
  108. 我军重型合成旅:112辆坦克+112辆步战车,碾压美俄同级别 https://new.qq.com/omn/20190718/20190718A0MBHH00.html
  109. 中国13个集团军都是什么来历?番号为何从71开始?https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/391297832
  110. 新组集团军番号、代号及驻地 https://bbs.wforum.com/games/bbsviewer.php?trd_id=469897
  111. 部队番号和代号到底代表什么?当过兵的人也未必能说清楚! https://www.aisoutu.com/a/1270485
  112. 解密中国军队番号 http://fanwen.geren-jianli.org/1062272.html
  113. The PLA Air Force Over the Horizon Radar Brigade 
  114. 西藏军区某机步旅改革 换装新型轻型主战坦克 http://www.guancha.cn/military-affairs/2017_06_11_412761.shtml
  115. 地表最强又加一强!中国陆军新编合成旅 https://kknews.cc/zh-sg/military/a365a6v.html
  116. 解放军新型合成山地旅亮相西藏 只有一个短板(图) http://mil.news.sina.com.cn/jssd/2017-11-15/doc-ifynstfh9028332.shtml
  117. Second Artillery Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Brigade Facilities Under Construction in Guangdong? https://project2049.net/2010/08/03/second-artillery-anti-ship-ballistic-missile-brigade-facilities-under-construction-in-guangdong/
  118. https://twitter.com/Kyangs_Thang
  119. South China Sea Military Capability Series. In-Dept: Subi Reef Counter-stealth radar by J. Michael Dahm
  120. Over-The-Horizon Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/china/oth-swr.htm
  121. Chinese over-the-horizon backscatter RADAR https://hfasia.blogspot.com/2017/02/chinas-oth-b-radar-network-site.html

3 thoughts on “Order of Battle of Chinese Armed Forces

  1. What an impressive compilation work! That’s possibly hundreds of hours of research there.
    Would you be so kind to quote your sources ?
    There are great books and see what you did used would help sort them out.
    All the best from Belgium ;)

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