Chinese army trains engaging targets at sea using MRLs, ATGMs

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

The People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has conducted a series of live-fire exercises aimed at engaging targets at sea using long-range artillery and anti-tank guided missile systems, according to recent news reports by China Central Television (CCTV).

On 29 May the state broadcaster showed video footage of a brigade under the PLAGF's 80th Group Army using several PHL-03 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) at Bohai Bay to launch co-ordinated strikes against simulated maritime targets after deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to carry out reconnaissance and target acquisition.

A screengrab from footage provided by CCTV on 29 May showing a PHL-03 MRL at Bohai Bay launching a rocket at a simulated target at sea. (CCTV)

A screengrab from footage provided by CCTV on 29 May showing a PHL-03 MRL at Bohai Bay launching a rocket at a simulated target at sea. (CCTV)

CCTV quoted Captain Li Yu, a company commander at the brigade, as saying that “the troops tested multiple tactics and conducted combined strikes on targets, as the exercise further validated these methods and showed long-range multiple rockets are highly deadly against maritime targets”, according to the state-owned Global Times newspaper.

The exercise followed a CCTV report in October 2020 stating that the PLAGF's Tibet Military Command had begun deploying what it claimed to be a new, longer-range, guided rocket with the PHL-03 MRL that achieves greater accuracy.

The new rocket, the range of which CCTV claimed is 30 km greater than that of the standard rockets used by the system, was shown by the broadcaster being launched by an artillery brigade during a high-altitude, live-fire exercise and accurately striking several small targets in quick succession.

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