A Farewell to Arms

After 24 years of service, the PLA is now starting to decommission its 120mm Assault Gun fleet, the Type89.

18th Nov 2015


A Farewell to Arms

 

After 24 years of service, the PLA is now starting to decommission its 120mm Assault Gun fleet, the Type89.   Unlike other Chinese AFV, The type89 is the only one of its kind with a NATO 120mm smoothbore main gun which is somewhat of a logistic nightmare to support.  The standard PLA caliber is the 125mm in common with the Russian practice.

Here the first batch of 18 decommissioned tubes (a single Abteilung) marching out in full honor for the last time.  They were members of an artillery regiment, 39th Group Army, Shenyang Military Region

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