People's Liberation Army Air Force


Fixed-Wing | Rotary-Wing Aircraft

While initially impressive on paper, a detailed look into Chinese airpower reveals a 'copy-and-paste' approach to much of its frontline fighting elements. The entries are largely of Soviet, Russian, French, Israeli, or American in origination with few truly homegrown products to showcase. While their overall quality and battlefield effectiveness is largely unproven, the service does boast considerable numbers to throw to the fray in the event of total war. Modern Chinese air power is made possible primarily thanks to contributions from the old Soviets Empire as well as modenr Russia and - more recently - the French. Chinese Air Force, Army Aviation, and Naval Aviation forces are all shown below.
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Total Units: 5,255



Type Balance
Fixed-Wing
Rotorcraft
Hull Age Color Key:
9
New Procurement
41
Modern
38
Aging, Requires Attention
8
Obsolete; Near Obsolete


598
J-10A/B/C/S
Multirole
AIR FORCE
438
J-7
Fighter
AIR FORCE
225
J-11/B/BS
Air Superiority
AIR FORCE
115
J-20
Air Superiority
AIR FORCE
87
J-8
Interceptor
AIR FORCE
73
Su-30MKK
Multirole
AIR FORCE
32
Su-27UBK
Multirole
AIR FORCE
24
Su-35S
Multirole
AIR FORCE
148
H-6
Strategic Bomber
AIR FORCE
95
JH-7
Fighter-Bomber
AIR FORCE
26
Z-8
Medium-Lift
AIR FORCE
20
Z-9
Medium Utility
AIR FORCE
11
Mi-17/171
Gunship/Transport
AIR FORCE
6
AS332
Medium-Lift
AIR FORCE
3
EC225
VIP
AIR FORCE
20
KJ-500
AEW
AIR FORCE
14
Y-8CB/DZ/G/XZ
Electronic Warfare
AIR FORCE
7
Tu-154M/D
SIGINT/ELINT
AIR FORCE
5
Challenger 870
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
5
Y-9G/XZ
Electronic Warfare
AIR FORCE
4
KJ-200
AEW
AIR FORCE
4
KJ-2000
AEW
AIR FORCE
3
An-30
Electronic Warfare
AIR FORCE
2
Boeing 737
Maritime Patrol
AIR FORCE
1
Y-8
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
10
H-6U
Strategic Tanker
AIR FORCE
8
YY-20A
Strategic Tanker
AIR FORCE
3
Il-78
Strategic Tanker
AIR FORCE
70
Y-5
Light Utility
AIR FORCE
50
Y-20
Strategic Transport
AIR FORCE
41
Y-7H
Tactical Transport
AIR FORCE
30
Y-8C
Tactical Transport
AIR FORCE
30
Y-9
Tactical Transport
AIR FORCE
20
Il-76
Strategic Transport
AIR FORCE
16
MA60
Tactical Transport
AIR FORCE
11
Y-12
Utility
AIR FORCE
8
Tu-154M
Airliner
AIR FORCE
400
CJ-6
Basic Trainer
AIR FORCE
260
JL-8
Advanced Jet Trainer
AIR FORCE
200
JJ-7
Fighter Trainer
AIR FORCE
50
L-15
Advanced Jet Trainer
AIR FORCE
14
HYJ-7
Flight/Crew Trainer
AIR FORCE
255
Z-8
Medium-Lift
ARMY
215
Mi-17/171
Gunship/Transport
ARMY
196
Z-9
Medium Utility
ARMY
172
Z-10
Attack Helo
ARMY
188
Z-19
Recon/Attack
ARMY
102
Z-20
Multi-Mission
ARMY
100
Z-11
Light Utility
ARMY
97
H120
Helo Training
ARMY
19
S-70C2
VIP
ARMY
4
Mi-26
Heavy-Lift
ARMY
2
G2
Helo Training
ARMY
1
H125
Helo Training
ARMY
77
JH-7/7A
Fighter-Bomber
NAVY
72
J-11BH/BSH
Multirole
NAVY
60
J-15
Multirole
NAVY
36
J-8H/FH
Interceptor
NAVY
24
J-10AH/SH
Multirole
NAVY
24
Su-30MK2
Multirole
NAVY
4
JH-7 B01
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
4
JZ-8F
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
38
H-6G/N
Strategic Bomber
NAVY
24
Z-9C
ASW
NAVY
24
Z-8
ASW
NAVY
24
Z-9D
ASW
NAVY
14
Ka-28
ASW
NAVY
13
SA321
ASW
NAVY
6
Z-8J/JH
Search & Rescue
NAVY
6
AS365/565
Medium Utility
NAVY
3
Ka-27PS
Search & Rescue
NAVY
4
Z-8S
MEDEVAC
NAVY
4
Z-18
Medium-Lift
NAVY
2
Z-18
ASW
NAVY
2
Z-9D
Search & Rescue
NAVY
23
Y-8C
Tactical Transport
NAVY
18
Y-5C
Light Utility
NAVY
11
Y-7H
Tactical Transport
NAVY
3
MA60H
Surveying
NAVY
2
Y-12F
Surveying
NAVY
2
CRJ200
VIP
NAVY
2
CRJ700
VIP
NAVY
2
Yak-42D
VIP
NAVY
20
KQ-200
Maritime Patrol
NAVY
15
Y-9
AEW
NAVY
9
Ka-31
AEW
NAVY
8
Y-9JZ
ELINT
NAVY
6
KJ-200H
AEW
NAVY
5
Y-8JB
ELINT
NAVY
4
Y-8J
AEW
NAVY
2
Z-18J
AEW
NAVY
3
Y-8X
Maritime Patrol
NAVY
4
H-6D/U
Aerial Refueling
NAVY
40
CJ-6A
Basic Trainer
NAVY
32
JL-8H
Advanced Jet Trainer
NAVY
20
JL-9H
Advanced Jet Trainer
NAVY
16
JL-9G
Advanced Jet Trainer
NAVY
5
Y-7
Flight/Crew Trainer
NAVY


NOTES: According to the defense aggregate site GlobalFirepower.com, China is currently ranked as 3rd in the world according to total fleet number.


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