Beijing, May 6: The Chinese military will hold a massive military drill, involving 50,000 troops in the second half of this year.
According to the Headquarters of General Staff, Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has started preparations for the massive military drill, dubbed Kuayue-2009.
It will be undertaken by troops from four military command areas, namely, Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan and Guangzhou.
This is the first time in the history of the PLA that four divisions from four military command areas are taking part in a drill that involves the deployment of troops across different military command areas.
The PLA has seven area command areas. The other three are Beijing, Chengdu and Nanjing.
"The Air Force and the Army Aviation troop will also send men and various aircraft to take part in the drill," the sources said.
The drill, which is aimed at assessing and improving the PLA's overall combat capacity in the context of information warfare, will test many military prowesses.
It will put to tests the PLA's capacity in command and decision-making, joint operations of land and air troops, operations in complicated electro-magnetic conditions, paratrooper assault operations, simulated battles, and comprehensive exercises by specialist units.