“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.
PLA soldiers have also been equipped with exoskeleton suitsto reduce the weight they are carrying by 30 per cent while walking and 50 per cent while standing so they can move supplies easier, CCTV reported earlier.
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.
President Xi Jinpinghas said that winning a war depends largely on logistical support. A new logistics force was set up in 2016 and in September last year, Xi called for coordinated efforts to advance the military’s logistics network.
These vehicles probably run on EN590 ULSD / DIN 51601 ( ?) diesel.
It's probably classified information but how does China get fuel into the area?. Also, how does China maintain the fuel stocks in a useful state.
Diesel starts gelling or galling at temperatures below -23 deg C
Temperatures in Ladakh can drop to below -30 deg C
This means heated underground tanks, and the heat requires energy of some form, either electrical, pr through a furnace , which again requires diesel.
More important, how is the diesel pumped in or transported. The nearest fuel depots are hundreds of kilometers away. Some diesel can be parachuted in using pallets with canisters ( old fashioned 40s era technology ) or can be carried in cans on the backs of mules, yaks ( 30s era technology). But these fuel supplies can barely support the heating and cooking needs of static troops.
The vehicles themselves. To prevent engine derating there must be massive turbochargers to suck enough oxygen to keep the engines going.