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. Continue reading