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PLA Adopts Pre Fab for Rapid Construction of New Camps on Plateau

Published Dec 06, 2019
Updated Feb 18, 2020

Incidentally Indian Army has been using pre-fab shelters in high altitude areas for temporary camps and quick building of new locations for decades

ChinaMilitary Online noted that China will use more modular buildings and prefabricated structures in the construction of its military facilities.

Recently, the Logistic Support Department of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) made arrangements to advance this drive says the report

Currently, most military facilities in China are traditional reinforced concrete and masonry buildings that results in heavy resource consumption and environmental pollution.

Moreover, in places with harsh natural condition, short construction period and insufficient raw material supply, the traditional construction way cannot meet the needs of current military operations says China Military Online.

The Tibetan Plateau is one such area where there could be restrictions on construction through the year due to extreme cold conditions and where pre-fab may be used.

The effort to promote R&D of prefabricated buildings for military facilities in China aims to achieve integrated design of such military buildings, both in whole and in interior details. It is said that the structural integrity and impact resistance will be the core indicators to evaluate the quality of prefabricated military buildings. In addition, such integrated technical features as protectiveness, camouflage and anti-shielding will be adopted to further improve the actual combat capabilities of new military facilities.

According to the arrangements of the CMC Logistic Support Department, the Chinese military will select some military facilities of various types for different scenarios as pilot projects for the drive to promote prefabricated buildings in the military, and then conduct synchronous research on the results of those pilot projects, so as to formulate the construction standards that meet the requirements of actual combat as soon as possible.

Incidentally Indian Army has been using pre-fab shelters in high altitude areas for temporary camps and quick building of new locations but for defence works, concrete shelters are preferred.

The PLA may have  taken a leaf out of the Indian Army playbook to now turn to prefab structures.

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