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Cost to equip a Chinese PLA soldier for the battlefield is equal to buying two iPhone 6 smartphones

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  1. kurup

    kurup Active Member

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    The cost to equip a People’s Liberation Army soldier for the battlefield is as little as two iPhone 6 smartphones, reports the state-run Xinhua News Network.

    Even though China’s military budget is considered the world’s second largest behind the United States, the money the PLA invests into developing individual gear for its soldiers is only 7% of the US military. A Chinese soldier only needs to spend US$4,556 to purchase all the gear he or she needs on the battlefield, according to the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly.

    In contrast, gear for the common US soldier or marine rings up to about US$65,086. In other words, its two iPhone 6s (China’s market price) versus the Mercedes-Benz of soldier equipment. The PLA invests its time comparatively in training its soldiers to defeat their enemy with political spirit instead of gear.The border conflict with Vietnam in 1979 demonstrated the importance of individual gear to Chinese soldiers and was one of the catalysts for the development of helmets. During the battle of Faka Mountain on the Vietnamese border, the GK80 helmets were reportedly effective in reducing casualties and began the trend of investing resources into individual gear.

    Overall, China’s military modernization program focuses more on the development of modern warships, ballistic missile submarines, aircraft carriers, fifth-generation fighters and high-speed glide vehicles instead of individual gear, said the report. Modern gear would not only enhance the chances of survival for PLA soldiers, but also boost their public image. With advanced helmets like the QGF02, PLA soldiers look more like professional warriors instead of “undisciplined peasants,” said the report.


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    Not sure what to take out from this article. chinese gears are also cheap or china doesnt spend much on soilder ?:censored:
     
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    What China's Army-issue underwear reveals
    BEIJING — There’s a lot to learn from an article that just appeared on the website of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army; for example, Chinese soldiers’ underpants were equipped with elasticated waistbands only in the 21st century.
    Until recently, the article recalls, an infantryman would “have to worry about the rope of his big underpants, which would loosen suddenly but could never be untied when he wanted to answer the call of nature.”

    Behind this tantalizing tidbit lies an illuminating point: Chinese military planners pay more attention to aircraft carriers and satellite-killer rockets than they do to their foot soldiers. Chinese infantrymen have a tradition of stripped-down fighting that dates back to the days when the Communist Party was fighting a guerrilla war before the revolution. Money is no longer so scarce, but Beijing is still not spending much on its lowly grunts.

    More at : Indian Strategic Studies: What China's Army-issue underwear reveals
     

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