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China’s Military Using Spider Excavators to Build Roads near Indian Border

Infra News - Published on Fri, 10 Jul 2020

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South China Morning Post reported that Chinese troops are using all-terrain walking excavators to speed up road-building and other construction work in the rugged Himalayas near the country’s disputed border with India, where tensions have been rising. The heavy machines, also known as spider excavators for the way they move, can be seen in the background of a video showing People’s Liberation Army soldiers on the Tibetan plateau by the Yarlung Tsangpo River, or Brahmaputra as it is known in India. The footage was released last week by the PLA’s Tibet Military District, which looks after the frontier with India.

With four hydraulic legs on tyres and two sawtooth extensions, the excavators can stand and step over obstacles, walk across ditches and streams, and climb and work on near-vertical terrain. The PLA uses two models made by state-owned firm XCMG Construction Machinery in Jiangsu province – one that weighs 11 tonnes and can walk at 10km/h another that can be operated remotely without a driver. They are also used for emergency rescue operations by China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 10 Jul 2020
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