PLAGF Combined Arms Battalions

The People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) only recently adopted the Combined Arms Battalion (CA-BN) within its organizational structure. The CA-BN increases PLAGF lethality due to the combination of organic short-range fire elements and maneuver units. Additionally, CA-BNs can be reinforced with elements from its higher headquarters as required, usually in the form of attachments from a Combined Arms Brigade (CA-BDE). The ability of CA-BNs to function independently of a higher headquarters is limited due to a lack of integrated logistical support and an extremely limited staff section.


Just as with CA-BDEs, the PLAGF currently operates three classes of CA-BNs: light, medium, and heavy.


Light

The PLAGF currently operates one type of Light CA-BN: motorized infantry. Infantry battalions are extremely limited in their capability, largely due to the constraints of their armament and maneuverability. The motorized infantry companies assigned to the battalions do not doctrinally engage the enemy with their vehicles, but rather utilize them purely for transportation. Motorized infantry CA-BNs contain three motorized infantry companies, one weapons company, one combat support company, and a headquarters section.



Medium

The PLAGF currently operates one type of Medium CA-BN: mechanized infantry. Mechanized infantry companies assigned to the battalions use their vehicles to engage the enemy, and as such, are much better armed than their motorized counterparts. Mechanized infantry CA-BNs contain three mechanized infantry companies, one assault gun company, one weapons company, one combat support company, and a headquarters section.



Heavy

The PLAGF currently operates one type of Heavy CA-BN: armored. Armored battalions are designed to directly engage the enemy, although heavy logistical support is required for them to act effectively. Armored CA-BNs contain two tank companies, two mechanized infantry companies, one weapons company, one combat support company, and a headquarters section.