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The Improvement of the PLA’s Close Air Support Capability

In August 2020 the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) indicated that some of its units had made technological and procedural advancements in its capability to provide close air support (CAS). The PLA has been working to develop the systems and procedures to conduct CAS safely and effectively for more than a decade. While these and other recent developments may indicate that the PLA has finally built the foundation of a complex of systems and procedures for safe and effective CAS, the PLA’s capability to conduct CAS is far from mature.

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