Chinese Army to use helicopters for combat role

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 13:40 hrs

Beijing, Jan 20 (IANS) The Chinese Army now plans to use helicopters in combat operations and will accordingly change training programmes for its aviation personnel, a media report said Sunday.

The focus of People's Liberation Army's (PLA) army aviation unit will be shifted from logistics missions to combat ones, from building the capacity for non-war military actions to core military actions, the China Daily cited the PLA Daily, the flagship newspaper of China's armed forces, as saying.

The PLA plans to change the training strategy of its army aviation unit as more and more armed helicopters joined the service, it reported.

The unit will work on major missions such as long-distance tasks, large scale offshore operations, attack coordination with other units and large scale airborne operations.

The unit also aims to improve its operation capability based on IT technologies, the report added.

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