Chinese Army Is Ready: Largest Base Has Replicas Of Taiwan's Presidential Building, Eiffel Tower...
Through satellite images, we explore China's premier large-scale training site that has some ominous and bizarre features
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May 28, 2020 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK for thedrive.com
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China has made massive investments in modernizing its military over the better part of the past three decades and has established new and improved research and development and training bases to support those efforts.
The People's Liberation Army has fully embraced the idea of utilizing highly realistic facilities to prepare its forces for the sorts of environments they'd be likely to fight in during future conflicts, drawing significant lessons from the experiences of the U.S. military and those of its allies.
The Zhurihe Training Base in remote Inner Mongolia is the largest of these sites and notably features a huge full-size mockup a portion of downtown Taipei, the capital of the island of Taiwan, including highly elaborate recreations of its Presidential Office Building and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There's also a cloverleaf highway interchange, a mock airfield and, bizarrely, a replica of France's Eiffel Tower.
Zhurihe, also known as the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, is China's largest training base by physical size. Observers have compared it, together with its adjacent training ranges, to the U.S. Army's Fort Irwin in southern California and that base's associated sprawling National Training Center (NTC).
The NTC is home to a large number of diverse facilities that also give the Army room to conduct large scale unit exercises covering a wide variety of combat scenarios. As with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the NTC, Zhurihe also has its own dedicated units to play the role of enemy forces during drills.
These are known as the "Blue Army," a play on the Western term "Red Force" to refer to Opposing Forces during exercises.,,
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