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Military Parade on October 1: A Show of Force

Some of the most anticipated Chinese weapons will make their first public debut at the October 1 military parade in Beijing. They include J-10 fighters and J-11 fighters, new models of main battle tanks, new strategic missiles, the KJ-2000 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), the Z-9 helicopter gunship and the re-modeled QBZ-95 light rifle family. According to the press release on September 23, the military parade will include 14 squads on foot (352 persons each), 30 defense equipment squads (18 items of equipment per square) and 12 air force echelons (6 to 18 aircrafts per echelon).  

Source: Qiushi, September 22 and 24, 2009