The Hush Post | 7:55 pm | Two-minute read
China has deployed mobile Howitzers in Tibet to boost its high-altitude combat capability. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA), stationed in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, has been equipped with the PLC-181 vehicle mounted Howitzer. These vehicle-mounted Howitzers are transportable easily from one place to another. Improving border security is the aim of the move.
The PLC-181 Howitzer is 52-caliber cannon and has a range of over 50 kilometers. The cannon is able to shoot laser-guided and satellite-guided projectiles. China used the equipment in an artillery brigade in Tibet during the Doklam stand-off in 2017.
Recently, the PLA was equipped with light-weight tanks which are also efficient at high altitudes. These Type-15 tanks have an engine capacity of 1000 Horse Power. The tanks weigh 32 to 35 tonnes.
Chinese military investment in Tibet is constantly on the rise. The PLA troops stationed in Tibet are improving their combat capabilities in plateau areas. The PLA built oxygen stations for the soldiers in Tibet to cope with altitude sickness. The stations were primarily used used for medical purposes, but are now also being used in regularly training.