Kavkaz-2020 strategic exercise: Chinese troops adapt to Russian equipment, highlighting bilateral friendship

China Military Online
Chen Lufan
2020-09-17 21:42:57
Tank crews from the Chinese troops participating in the Kavkaz-2020 strategic exercise conduct driving training at a training range in the Astrakhan Region, Russia.

By Luo Shunyu, Yang Xiaobo, Li Hui, Wang Xueyu, Wang Lianbin

Chinese troops who are participating in Kavkaz-2020 strategic exercise in the Astrakhan Region, Russia, have quickly got used to Russian equipment with the help of their Russian counterparts after several days of practice. The mutual trust in the exchange and cooperation between the two militaries displays the profound friendship between the two countries.

On the morning of September 14, after equipment transfer to the Chinese troops, a captain from the Russian side explained the performance, operation and troubleshooting steps of the equipment to the Chinese soldiers, who went into targeted training including driving techniques, command and communication and firing practice soon after that.

“Russia-made equipment is different from our own in the positioning of function areas and we need some intensified training to get familiar with the dashboard and various buttons,” said Zhao Jiaxing, a Chinese staff sergeant. With Russia instructors’ assistance, Ssg. Zhao and his crew members quickly mastered operation and driving of the Russian infantry fighting vehicles within two hours.

"What's the height of the ballistic trajectory? How to quickly lock targets?” Sgt Tan Shi asked his Russian instructor. He was learning the performance of an air defense missile and operational procedures of the missile launcher with the help of interpreter and sometimes they used gestures to know each other.

"It only cost them two hours to master the driving techniques of our fighting vehicles. Those Chinese servicemen are surprisingly smart!" said a Russian lieutenant colonel responsible for the arrangement of the on-spot training.

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