China Practices Pacific D-Days with Tanks and Hovercraft

https://i2.wp.com/www.popsci.com/sites/popsci.com/files/styles/medium_1x_/public/ztd-05.jpg

 

High tech giant hovercraft storm a beach, capping off a giant operation of warships, helicopters, artillery and marine infantry

In mid-July, a large amphibious task force of Type 071 landing platform dock (LPD), Type 072 landing ships, and escorting frigates practiced a high-tech landing assault. After preparatory bombardment by cannons, rocket and target shooting of simulated helicopters and drones, the Type 072 landing craft launched ZDB-05 infantry fighting vehicles, the world’s fastest amphibious armored vehicles, to storm the beaches. Overhead, PLANMC marines deployed from Z-8 transport helicopters, flown from the Type 071 LPD, to seize positions behind simulated enemy lines. Continue reading