PLA completes 3D Mapping of China’s Western Border with Centimeter-level accuracy

People Liberation Army (PLA) of China for the first time completed 3D mapping of its western border including the disputed part with India as per reported by the state media.

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The deployment of the newly built precision “spatial datum” system by the PLA’s western theatre command (WAC) covering China’s western borders will help the country in constructing combat capability and infrastructure.

Talking about the new datum spatial and geological system, reference points on the earth’s surface comprising information about a specific geographic location on the earth’s surface. The state media report said, “The PLA recently started deploying China’s first panoramic, high-precision spatial datum that covers the uncharted western border region of the country.”

However, it is clear that the new system is expected to give the PLA personnel deployed along the LAC precise information about vertical elevation and/or depth and horizontal distance in terms of latitude and longitude of the mountainous and treacherous terrain that divides India and China. It’ll help majoritly in navigation purpose for both its troops and military equipment.

Wang Yanbin, deputy leader of PLA’s navigation and mapping unit, which was in charge of the project, said in a report by national broadcaster, China Central Television (CCTV), “The panoramic spatial datum is like a multifunctional, highly accurate ruler that can indicate the coordinates of remote sensing images and other geographic data. We can evaluate the data that can reach centimetre-level accuracy.”

The CCTV Report added, “A navigation and mapping unit affiliated with the PLA’s WAC traversed over 20,000 km, used drones, panoramic cameras and customised vehicles for geographical mapping to complete the project in two years.”

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