Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT

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Information and analysis of data points related to Chinese armed forces units, deployment and organisational structure.

Starting here from PLA Rocket Forces:

Whole post is, too long and unwieldy to post here. So just something to start with

Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 4: Rocket Forces
http://jjamwal.in/yayavar/chinese-armed-forces-orbat-part-4-rocket-forces/



612 Brigade HQ


Base 62 Technical Support Regiment


Heiping Uranium Enrichment Facility 1


3rd Engineering Regiment, Luoyang


Sundian ICBM Complex. Huge place with a lot of interesting sites. Will need a few days to analyse fully.


One of many huge tunnel storages


624 Brigade, one of newer units with base still under construction


One possible UAV station for Base 61
 

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Some of Chinese Border Defense Regiments. Each has 3 battalions with 3 companies each + regimental HQ.




Locations of units belonging to Chinese 52nd and 53rd mountain infantry brigades under Tibet MD. Each has 3-4 infantry battalions supported by one artillery regiment and perhaps 1-2 engineering & other support units.
Green lines are G-219 & S-306 highways





1st draft of Chinese SAM site ORBAT
They probably have more air defence installations than Soviets, most of them on eastern sector.




Chinese Marine Corps ORBAT.
They have used their existing forces to raise a few new units and army has kept atleast 5 combined arms brigade with itself for amphibious roles. Lots of troops for South China sea, Taiwan and others.







1s Image: PLA Air Force #ORBAT and Structure till 2011 . It's fighters and ground attack aircraft were allotted to 14 divisions under 4 military regions and had 7 levels from PLAAF till Flight Squadron.

Image 2 and 3, Starting from 2017, Divisions were abolished & 94? Air Brigades created. Separate brigades were created for special mission aircrafts, UAVs, heavy bombers and transport. Fighters are under Theater Commands while rest are under administrative control of PLAAF HQ
 

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Chinese Armed Forces ORBAT Part 3: Ground Forces ORBAT
Following is the list of PLA ground forces divided among five different Theater Commands. Some of these TCs command a few independent brigades, divisions and even regiments in addition to regular Combined Arms Brigades. The data is collected from multiple sources which will be presented in the last post of this series.
In addition to regular PLA Army units, there are a few Border Defence Regiment units which usually form the first line of defence on borders during peacetime. They are lightly armed and meant for border patrols, marine patrols, reconnaissance, law & order, guard duty etc. Central TC has no such BDRs assigned to it.


This data is incomplete but as accurate as it can be at the time of writing (Jan 2021) and I’ll be adding updates and improving formatting whenever possible.
 

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Chinese Air Force Orbat
In December 2011, PLAAF started creation of Air Brigade structure by upgrading 14 existing Air Regiment (AR) HQs and abolished 4 existing Air Division HQs. All the brigades were assigned to one of four Bases

New Command Structure for fighter and ground attack aircraft is as following:

PLAAF HQ
MRAF HQ
Base
Air Brigade
Flight Group
Flight Squadron

On the other hand, heavy bombers, transport and most of special mission aircraft (like refuellers?) air divisions are attached to PLAAF HQ, but tactical control most likely lies with the theater commander. As far as fighters and ground attack jets are concerned, new system puts them in independent brigade unit structure with no divisional HQ control.

Each combat air Brigade has 24 aircraft plus trainers in three to five battalion level flight groups, though most seem to have only three. There are five to six airframes as spares and reserves. But brigades comprising of foreign aircraft like Su-27 may not have such reserves. Chinese manufacturers produce aircraft in batches of ten, of which eight are operationally inducted while remaining two are considered reserves.

14 subordinate training brigades were created from former training regiments and control of flight college was given to PLAAF HQ from MRAF HQ. In 2017, more changes were implemented and are probably still going on. 23 Air Division HQs were abolished, most of remaining regiments were converted to brigades or were dissolved completely.

AIR COMBAT BRIGADE STRUCTURE
24 Aircraft + Trainers + 6 spares divided in 3-5 battalion grade flight groups (FG). Most brigades have 3 rather than 5 FGs.
Some air brigades with foreign aircraft like Su-27 don’t have any spares.
Training and some specialised brigades may have different structures.

AWACS and other EW Aircraft in Chenggu




One of 3 known airbases belonging to Chinese Airborne Corps
Rest of the data is in tables and google maps which can't be pasted here.
 

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Added some new data to Chinese Air Force page and made it a bit more readable. It's still difficult to include all information on a webpage, so left out a bit. Scroll down for map. Airbases are now coloured & classified by the the Command and types. Details about airstrips added in map entries.
Data is a bit more readable now on the webpage. http://jjamwal.in/yayavar/chinese-armed-forces-orbat-part-5-air-force/




Central TC
LocationUnitsLATLONGAIRCRAFT
Dangyang39th Air Regiment
Xiongfeng Aircraft Overhaul Factory
30°47'50.87"N111°48'34.96"EIL-76
Dingxing3rd Training Brigade 39°15'17.88"N115°49'46.27"EJL-8
Huairen43rd Air Brigade 39°42'59.10"N113° 8'19.77"EJ-10A, J-10SY
Jining55th Air Brigade 35°17'45.68"N116°21'25.89"EJ-11, Su-27
Kaifeng13th Transport Div
37th Air Regiment
34°45'13.96"N114°20'28.64"EY-8, Y-20A
Lintong107th/108th Air Regiment 34°22'24.93"N109° 7'17.62"EH-6M/6K
Paozhuwan38th Air Regiment 30°40'43.29"N114°37'56.76"EIl-76, Il-78
Qizhou45th Air Regiment 38°35'58.81"N112°58'37.25"E
Shangqiu57th Air Brigade 34°26'42.30"N115°27'28.28"EJ-11B, Su-27SK
Shijiazhuang1st Training Brigade
Factory 5721
38° 5'0.03"N114°24'50.06"EJL-10
Tangguantun4th Training Brigade 38°47'17.14"N117° 3'57.54"E
Tangshan20th Air Regiment 39°43'10.09"N117°59'47.09"EJ-7, JJ-7
Wudangshan53rd Air Regiment 32°23'27.22"N111°41'43.02"E J-7, JJ-7
Wugong108th Air Regiment
Factory 5702
34°16'21.76"N108°15'28.88"EH-6
Xishanbeixiang71st Air Regiment 39° 9'17.74"N115°17'38.56"EJ-7, JJ-7
Yangcun72nd Air Brigade
1st August Aerial Demonstration Team
39° 9'17.74"N115°17'38.56"EJ-10C, J-10SY.
Yongji2nd Training Brigade 34°52'13.73"N110°21'37.47"EJL-8
Yongning21st Air Brigade 40°30'30.96"N116° 6'55.70"EJ-7, JJ-7
Zhangjiakou19th Air Brigade 40°44'11.96"N114°56'10.07"EJ-11
Zhengzhou56th Air Brigade 34°51'40.43"N113°43'39.78"EJ-10B, J-10SY
Zhouzhou 39°27'29.63"N115°59'46.12"EY-5, Z-8, Z-9
Zunhua70th Air Brigade 40° 6'8.19"N117°52'54.47"EJ-10A, J-10SY
ChengguAerial Survey Regiment
Shaanxi Aircraft Corp.
33° 8'4.53"N107°12'4.74"EAn-30, Y-8, Y-1
AWACS
 

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Locations of most of PLA units including some battalions belonging to 52nd, 53rd & 54th CABs under Tibet MD, Western Theater Command. Not many soldiers spread thin over a huge area.









Lhasa is such a target rich environment for an Indian offensive. So many bases so close to each other which is very much unlike PLA in rest of their controlled territory. There is atleast 1 more base which I have not identified yet.



55th Light CAB of 77 GA, meant for mountain warfare is the closest CAB HQ, located 173 km from Bhutan border. Rest are all 100s to 1000s km away.




77th Special Operations Brigade



17th Heavy CAB Xixia District, Yinchuan City, 76th GA. Its equipped with GSL-130 Combat Engineer Vehicles, ZBD04A ICVs and ZTZ99 tanks. Pretty strong on paper.


149th Medium CAB, Litong District, Wuzhong City, Ningxia Hui of 76th GA. It was a Motr Inf Div earlier.


150th Light CAB, Dongpo District, Meishan City, Sichuan of 77th GA.


77th Army Aviation Brigade, Nyingzhi



Locations of all known units of Chinese PLA's 78th Group Army, Northern Theater Command
 

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A longish thread about locations of Chinese PLA, ground forces Brigade (and a few battalion) HQs.
Theater Command - TC
Group Army - GA
MR - Military Region
Combined Arms Brigade - CAB
CABs can be Heavy, Medium, Light or Amphibious & are comprised of battalions plus a few support units.

Starting with Western TC which is the largest & will be involved in any war with India. Its different from other 4 TCs & has 2 GAs, 2 MRs plus few indp units.
76th GA

1. Overview

2. 12th Heavy CAB

3. 76th AD

4. 76th Army Aviation


77th GA

1. Overview

2. 139th Heavy CAB & 77th SO Brig.

3. 77th Artillery Brig
4. 77th Air Defence Brig
76 and 77 GAs are perhaps primary offensive units for PLA on Indo-Tibet border. Well equipped & are being trained regularly in Tibet.


Tibet MR
It has 3 CABs plus a bunch of other units including lightly equipped Border Defence Regiments. Most of the visuals of Indian and Chinese soldiers in past 2-3 years involve BDRs, not regular PLA.

1. Overview

2. BDRs

3. 351st BDR. smaller HQs with fewer facilities.


1. 353 BDR HQ

2. 52nd CAB. Compare size of Light CAB HQ with BDR HQ.


3 & 4. HQs of 2 battalions belonging to 52nd and 53rd.
These are some of few such HQs I've managed to locate. Hard to find any information about the rest.
 

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Xinjiang MR.
It still uses Division and Regiments unlike most of PLA & has no CABs.

1. Covers a huge area including Laddakh.

2. 6th Mech Inf Div HQ
3. Field Artillery Reg, 6th Div

4. 18th Mech Inf Reg, 6th Div
Lots of expansion still going on.


1. 6th Mech Inf Div

2. 11th Motor Inf Regiment.

3. 8th Motor Inf Div

4. 11th Art Reg
These hve not been mechanised, perhaps because of their AOR of CAR borders

That's it for now. Will edit blogpost to add all this information in a few days.
 

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