A group army under the Guangzhou Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held a division-brigade organic and systematic independent confrontation drill at the end of August, 2012. The participating troop units centered on basic confrontation forms such as online electronic confrontation, actual troops and live ammunition to launch fierce battles in multiple combat fields including maneuver, offense and defense, command, support and others.
According to the briefing by the group army leader, the directing department in this drill only issued combat missions and designates combat zones without setting up pre-plans so that both the Red side and the Blue side initiated independent confrontations, so as to enhance the actual-combat effectiveness of the troop units.
During the online electronic confrontation drill, both sides engaged in the combat via major forms of electromagnetic reconnaissance, electromagnetic interference and so forth. During the actual-troop drill, both the Red side and the Blue side employed such advanced confrontation means as the new-type laser simulation combat system and the artillery-fire damage efficiency evaluation system among others within an area of dozens of square kilometers.
Reporters witnessed at the training site that both sides were engaged in full-element and full-system confrontations involving personnel and troop units from division leaders to soldiers, from infantry to armored force, and from combat companies to logistic and equipment support detachments. The battle situation was unfolded fiercely in an unprecedented way.
According to Zheng Guoyue, director of the Military Training and Arms Department of the Guangzhou MAC, the drill implemented the operation concepts of information-oriented guidance, firepower-based combat, system-wise attack and destruction and overall victory throughout the entire process, greatly upgrading the troop units' actual combat effectiveness.
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