By Xinhua writer Yan Hao
BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-two types of new
weapon systems developed with China's own technologies, including airborne early
warning and control (AEWC) aircraft, will be showcased at the military parade
celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China.
Further cutting-edge weaponry would include
sophisticated radar, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and satellite communication
devices of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Lieutenant General Fang Fenghui,
general director of the parade, told Xinhua Wednesday.
The Oct. 1 parade would also show personnel and
equipment from the navy, air force and China's ballistic missile corps, Fang
Fang did not identify the specific models of the
weapon systems but said all of the weapons are tagged: "Made in China".
"They (the weapon systems) embody the ongoing
transformation of the PLA from a labor-intensive force to technology-intensive
might be capable of joint operations in modern warfare," said Fang, who is also
commander of the PLA's Beijing Military Area Command.
"The weapon systems to be shown in the parade also
showcase the ability of the PLA to carry out diverse military missions," he
There will be 56 regiments on the ground and in the
air during the parade, symbolizing the country's 56 ethnic groups marching along
the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics in solidarity, Fang said.
Fourteen of the regiments will march through Chang'an
Avenue on foot, 30 in wheeled transport and 12 will take to the air.
All the troops in the parade will be dressed in PLA
07-type uniforms and most of them are from generations born in the 1980s and
Compared with the previous military parade on
National Day 10 years ago, this one would have less troops and equipment but
increased high-tech weaponry and special force units, Fang said.