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Chinese People’s Liberation Army Equipped With Tactical ‘Information System’ As India-China Tensions Heat Up

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) can now share real-time combat data with its soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where India and China have been locked in a standoff for the past seven months.

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The Tibet Military Command of the PLA now has a tactical information system capable of sharing real-time combat dynamics, receive mission objectives and allow the soldiers to comprehensively grasp the battlefield situation, boosting their combat capabilities in the region, Chinese state media reported.

The system was used in a mock drill under the PLA Tibet Military Command at an altitude of  4,500 meters, said a China Central Television (CCTV) report.

By monitoring the new tactical information system carried by each soldier on the battlefield, the command center was able to track their movement, understand the whole dynamics on the battlefield and give instructions to them about their current mission in real-time.

Chinese Army in Tibet Equips Individual Soldiers with Tactical Information Kits
Via Chinese Ministry of Defense

“By grasping the process of combat, we can switch personnel at any time based on their expenses [in terms of ammunition, stamina, and casualties], communicate with them and inform every individual soldier about their mission in real-time,” Li Jichuan, an instructor of the brigade, told CCTV.

Quoting experts, state-owned Global Times said that the system could have “strong anti-jamming capability” to enhance its performance in electromagnetic environments.

Reportedly, the system’s capabilities include giving orders to soldiers on the battlefield through a “tablet-like system terminal”. It also includes different modules such as a helmet-mounted camera, a type of rifle grip that can take pictures and record the combat situation.

Global Times said that footage of the system shows not only the location status of every soldier on a digitized map but also “observe what the soldiers see through the cameras they wear on their helmets” The system can be used to send information or orders via voice or short messages.

Thousands of Indian and Chinese troops have been stationed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh since the two sides got into a brutal clash in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers. The two nuclear-armed neighbors are holding diplomatic and military-level talks to disengage their troops, but no consensus has been reached yet.

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