List of active People's Liberation Army aircraft

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List of active People's Liberation Army aircraft is a list of military aircraft currently in service with all four branches of the People's Liberation Army. For retired aircraft see List of historic aircraft of the People's Liberation Army Air Force.

People's Liberation Army Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Role Version Number[1][2] Comment
Fighter aircraft
Sukhoi Su-27  Soviet Union Air Superiority Fighter Su-27SK
Su-27UBK
76[1]
Shenyang J-11  China Air Superiority Fighter J-11A
J-11B
J-11BS
165[1] A Chinese built 4.5th generation fighter based on the Sukhoi Su-27. More aircraft on order.
Sukhoi Su-30MKK  Russia Multirole Fighter Su-30MKK 73[1]
Shenyang J-16  China Multirole Fighter J-16 24 A multi-role fighter based on the J-11 and Su-30MKK with upgraded avionics and longer range. Entered service starting 2013.
Chengdu J-10  China Multirole Fighter J-10A
J-10S
J-10B
250[1] A Chinese built 4th generation fighter. Further orders are currently under-way which will see more advanced variants of the J-10 enter service.[3]
Shenyang J-8  China Interceptor J-8B
J-8F
J-8H
168[1] A heavily modified 3rd generation interceptor.
Chengdu J-7  China Interceptor J-7
J-7E
J-7G
552[1] Sources suggest somewhere between 388 and 552 J-7s remain in service.[1][2] Fleet rapidly being replaced as new aircraft such as the J-10s, J-11s and J-16s enter service.
Strike aircraft
Xian JH-7  China Strike Aircraft JH-7
JH-7A
72[1]
Nanchang Q-5  China Strike Aircraft Q-5C
Q-5D
Q-5E
120[1]
Bomber aircraft
Xian H-6  China Strategic Bomber H-6 120[2]
Transport aircraft
Ilyushin Il-76  Russia Strategic Transport IL-76MD 14[2] More on order.
Shaanxi Y-8  China Tactical Transport Y-8 60[2]
Shaanxi Y-9  China Tactical Transport Y-9 7 More on order.
Xi'an Y-7  China Tactical Transport Y-7
Y-7H
50[2]
Tupolev Tu-154  Soviet Union Airliner (passenger) Tu-154M 12[1]
Xian MA60  China Airliner (passenger) MA60H-500 9[2]
Harbin Y-12  China Utility Transport Y-12 8[1]
Harbin Y-11  China Utility Transport Y-11 20[1]
Shijiazhuang Y-5  China Utility Transport Y-5 170[1] Based on the Antonov An-2.
Bombardier CRJ200  Canada VIP Transport CL 601 5[1]
Bombardier CRJ700 series  Canada VIP Transport CRJ-700 5[1]
Special-mission aircraft
Ilyushin Il-76  Russia Airborne Early Warning & Control KJ-2000 5[2]
Shaanxi Y-8  China Airborne Early Warning & Control
Electronic Warfare
KJ-200
Y-8
6[2]
16[2]
Tupolev Tu-154  Soviet Union ELINT Tu-154M/D 4[1]
Xian H-6  China Aerial Refueling HY-6U 10[1]
Ilyushin Il-78  Russia Aerial Refueling IL-78MP 8 on order.
Trainer aircraft
Nanchang CJ-6  China Trainer Aircraft CJ-6
CJ-6A
CJ-6B
400[1]
Hongdu JL-8  China Trainer Aircraft JL-8 190[2]
Hongdu Yakovlev CJ-7  China Trainer Aircraft CJ-7 50[1] Around 300 on order to replace older types.
Hongdu L-15  China Trainer Aircraft L-15 2 More on order to replace older types.
Guizhou JL-9  China Trainer Aircraft JL-9 2 More on order to replace older types.
Helicopters
Changhe Z-8  China Search & Rescue Z-8 22[2] Also used as a transport helicopter.
Mil Mi-17  Soviet Union Search & Rescue Mi-17
Mi-171
10[2]
Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union Transport Helicopter Mi-8 50[1]
Harbin Z-9  China Utility Helicopter Z-9 45[2]
Bell 214  United States Utility Helicopter Bell 214 4[1]
Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma  France VIP Transport AS332 6[1]
UAVs


People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Role Version Number[1][2] Comment
Fighter aircraft
Shenyang J-11  China Air Superiority Fighter J-11BH 24[1]
Sukhoi Su-30MKK  Russia Multirole Fighter Su-30MK2 24[1] 50 more on order.
Shenyang J-15  China Multirole Fighter J-15 16 Carrier capable 4.5th generation aircraft for use aboard the PLAN aircraft carrier 16 Liaoning.
Chengdu J-10  China Multirole Fighter J-10A
J-10S
24[1]
Shenyang J-8  China Interceptor J-8F
J-8H
48[1]
Chengdu J-7  China Interceptor J-7E 30[2]
Strike aircraft
Xian JH-7  China Strike Aircraft JH-7
JH-7A
120[1]
Nanchang Q-5  China Strike Aircraft Q-5 30[2]
Bomber aircraft
Xian H-6  China Strategic Bomber H-6G 30[1]
Transport aircraft
Shaanxi Y-8  China Tactical Transport Y-8 12[2]
Xi'an Y-7  China Tactical Transport Y-7
Y-7H
20[2]
Shijiazhuang Y-5  China Utility Transport Y-5 50[1] Based on the Antonov An-2.
Yakovlev Yak-42  Russia VIP Transport Yak-42 2[1]
Special-mission aircraft
Shaanxi Y-8  China Airborne Early Warning & Control
ELINT
Maritime Patrol
KJ-200
Y-8JB/X
Y-8
10[2]
7[2]
3[2]
Harbin SH-5  China Maritime Patrol SH-5 4[1]
Xian H-6  China Aerial Refueling H-6DU 3[1]
Trainer aircraft
Nanchang CJ-6  China Trainer Aircraft CJ-6 38[1]
Hongdu JL-8  China Trainer Aircraft JL-8 12[1]
Guizhou JL-9  China Trainer Aircraft JL-9 12[1] More on order to replace older types.
Xian Y-7  China Trainer Aircraft HY-7 21[1]
Shenyang J-6  China Trainer Aircraft JJ-6 14[1]
Shenyang J-5  China Trainer Aircraft JJ-5 5[1]
Helicopters
Kamov Ka-31  Russia Airborne Early Warning KA-31 2[2] 7 on order.
Kamov Ka-28  Russia Anti-submarine Warfare Ka-28 17[2]
Harbin Z-9  China Anti-submarine Warfare Z-9C 25[2]
Changhe Z-8/SA321  China Search & Rescue
Transport Helicopter
Transport Helicopter
Transport Helicopter
Z-8S
SA321
Z-8/Z-8A
Z-8JH
2[1]
15[1]
20[1]
2[1]
Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union Transport Helicopter Mi-8 8[1]
UAVs


People's Liberation Army Ground Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Role Version Number[1][2] Comment
Transport aircraft
Shaanxi Y-8  China Tactical Transport Y-8 10[2]
Xi'an Y-7  China Tactical Transport Y-7 10[2]
Helicopters
CAIC WZ-10  China Attack Helicopter WZ-10 74[2] At least 10 more on order. The Z-10 is an advanced multi-purpose attack helicopter developed by China.
Harbin Z-19  China Attack & Reconnaissance Z-19 48[2] A scout helicopter for light attack and recce roles.
Harbin Z-9  China Battlefield Helicopter Z-9/9B
Z-9WA
Z-9W
80[1]
200[1]
29[1]
Multi-purpose battlefield helicopter with transport, light attack and utility roles.
Mil Mi-8/Mil Mi-17  Russia Transport Helicopter Mi-8/Mi-17 220[2] At least 20 more on order. Primarily used as a troop transport.
Mil Mi-26  Russia Transport Helicopter Mi-26 4[1] Heavy cargo and troop transport helicopter.
Changhe Z-8/SA321  China Transport Helicopter Z-8
SA321
10[1]
7[1]
Sikorsky S-70  United States Transport Helicopter S-70C 18[1]
Changhe Z-11  China Utility Helicopter Z-11 ~100 Variants include a light scout and attack helicopter.
Eurocopter AS350  France Utility Helicopter AS350 53[1]
Aérospatiale Gazelle  France Utility Helicopter SA342 8[1]
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri  France Utility Helicopter EC120 93[2] 57 more on order.
UAVs


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