The People’s Liberation Army is replacing its weapons because its young soldiers are getting bigger, the PLA Daily has reported.
The average PLA soldier is now 2cm taller and his waistline 5cm wider than the average soldier two decades ago, a report by the General Armament Department’s chemical decontamination institution revealed.
It did not state the average measurements of height and waistline.
The report said that because many of the army’s current weapons were designed based on soldiers’ sizes some 30 years ago, a soldier of normal build today would feel cramped in the tanks and find the firearms too short to use.
Using a gun that was too short for one’s build would affect one’s firing accuracy, the report warned.
It added that the findings of the survey had already been used in designing new weapons and equipment for the artillery forces, armoured forces, engineer corps and chemical defence corps.
The daily said the PLA soldiers’ heights and sizes of waistline had increased because of marked improvement to mainlanders’ living standards over the past 20 years since the nation opened its economy to the world in the late 1970s.
Full article: PLA needs bigger guns and tanks for its growing soldiers (South China Morning Post)