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Posted by newc 2012-02-23 12:02||
#2 1. practicing for amphibious landing - on, gee, where?
2. interesting they use arabic numerals on their ships. figured chauvinism would have mandated the traditional ideograms.
Posted by Cheasing Omusotle5120 2012-02-23 13:14||
#3 Nope, literally everyone realized a long time ago that unless there were international standards on science and commerce, everything would be ten times as hard and there would be a lot of disasters.
This is why international communications, flight control and navigation is in English, and everybody uses Arabic numerals. Commercial ships can also include ideograms along with their English text names.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-23 13:42||
#4 Looks pretty, but then again most publicly released footage of invasions do (the USMC cleans up their film too).
A couple things that struck me is they were using only autocannons for shore bombardment. Also the air cover shown were some pretty obsolete planes. This invasion would go pretty well against a minor nation, like Vietnam or Indonesia. Against Taiwan, maybe not so much.
Things I didn't see that need to be taken into account and most likely won't be shown since the tactics to do it are classified:
ASW screen. How the task force deals with subs during the steaming to the invasion spot.
Mine sweeping. A mined bay would be a bitch to try to land in.
Counter-shore fire. The task force would have to deal with fire from the shore against the ships. Big guns would be hell against the smaller landing craft and short range missiles would put the larger ones dumping tanks off out of action.
I didn't see China simulating any of these, but as I said the tactics for it are usually classified and won't be shown to the world. Also another thing that I noticed is the invasion force was pretty small. Maybe a reinforced battalion at most. Again enough to seize a disputed island, but not enough to do much else.
Posted by DarthVader 2012-02-23 15:25||
#5 After decades of theft of hardware, software, designs, techniques, it is fasinating to watch LSTs, commanche gunships, amphibious vehicles with forward ramping to afford greated waterborne speeds, shore bombardment, etc.. and know that out arrogance, indifference and frankly often treasonous cooperation have given the Chicoms generational technology improvements that lead them to a level short of parity in capability, but when offset by quantity, potential dominance.
There is very little they haven't already stolen and developed, and with their manufacturing base, their wealth and quantitative advantages in a confrontation short of nuclear is daunting. And now comrade obama wants to cut the nuke warheads by 80%.
Posted by NoMoreBS 2012-02-23 16:28||
#6 Emulation is the highest form of flattery but will not give you the capability the understanding gained from developing it will.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2012-02-23 17:13||
#7 Also another thing that I noticed is the invasion force was pretty small
Yes. Could be a work up to seizing a small objective. But it's possibly a "let's try this out" exercise geared more toward working out the mechanics and C3 schtuff.
Posted by Pappy 2012-02-23 18:16||
#8 What a gift to Hilliary. Just keep releasing videos like this and our alliances grow and strengthen. This may be important when we get a president who values allies.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2012-02-23 20:14||
#9 Thought the same thing as Darth, hard to tell the game from only the highlight reel.
Also with NoMoreBS, take away the title and the hinds and it would be a bit difficult to not think it was a USMC flick.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-02-23 21:10||
#10 The most likely scenario for a PLA invasion of Taiwan is Airborne Paratroopers-Mech + Commandos first, then cometh the Panda Marines.
To conquer Taiwan quickly before US, UNCOM Relief Milfors arrive, China has said it is willing to suffer massive casualties, as FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-02-23 22:14||