China’s military uses new all-terrain vehicle to get supplies to troops in Tibet
- It has a tank tread and can negotiate 35-degree slopes while carrying up to 1.5 tonnes of goods, state television reports
- The vehicle’s introduction is the latest effort to improve logistics support in the high-altitude region as China and India remain locked in border stand-off
The vehicle has a metalloid tank tread, or caterpillar track, and can negotiate 35-degree slopes and carry up to 1.5 tonnes of goods, state broadcaster CCTV’s military channel reported on Saturday.
“Many plateau troops have set up camps in locations with altitudes higher than 5,000 metres, and to solve the problem of delivering supplies and transport, a new all-terrain vehicle is being used,” the report said.
The newly developed vehicle was used in a recent mission to deliver instant noodles and water to troops in the Karakoram, a mountain range that spans the borders of China, India and Pakistan.
It is likely to be a modified version of the Jonyang JY813, an all-terrain tracked carrier vehicle made by GJK, a Chinese subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Kinetics, news portal QQ.com reported.
According to CCTV, the vehicle has good manoeuvrability, with a top land speed of 60km/h (37 miles per hour) and 5km/h (3 miles per hour) in water.
It is one of the latest efforts to improve logistics support for troops stationed in the Tibetan Plateau, which has an average elevation of about 4,500 metres.
Drones were used to drop off supplies to troops in the remote Motuo region of Tibet in October.
Border tensions between China and India escalated in June when 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent brawl in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh – their worst military clash in more than half a century.