Units of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) stationed in Tibet have been equipped with a new vehicle-mounted howitzer to boost their combat capability and improve border security, the Chinese state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 8 January.
The paper referred to the new system as the ‘PLC-181’, claiming that it had already been deployed by an artillery brigade in Tibet during a 72-day-long stand-off in 2017 between the PLAGF and the Indian Army at the Doklam tri-junction, which is situated along the disputed borders between India, China, and Bhutan.
The paper posted a PLAGF photograph showing what appear to be several units of the new howitzer system in a mountainous area. The platforms are similar in appearance to the Norinco SH-15 155 mm self-propelled artillery system, a prototype of which was shown at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in Zhuhai.
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