List of active People's Liberation Army aircraft

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The following 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]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Boeing 737 USA Jet Transport/patrol 11 11 [1]
Bombardier CRJ200 Canada Jet Transport 5 [1]
Bombardier CRJ700 Canada Jet Transport 5 [1]
Changhe Z-8 China Rotorcraft Transport 2007 34 [2]
Changhe Z-18 China Rotorcraft Patrol 2014 1+ 1+
Chengdu J-7 China Jet Fighter/trainer 728 [1]
Chengdu J-10 China Jet Multi-role 2005 240+ 240+ [1]
Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma France Rotorcraft Transport 6+ 6+ [1]
Guizhou JL-9 China Jet Trainer 2003 2+ 2+
Harbin Y-11 China Propeller Transport/utility 1976 20 [1]
Harbin Y-12 China Propeller Transport/utility 1985 8 [1]
Harbin Z-9 China Rotorcraft Transport 1994 42 [2]
Hongdu JL-8 China Jet Trainer 1994 350 [1]
Hongdu L-15 China Jet Trainer 2010 2+ 2+
Hongdu Yakovlev CJ-7 China Jet Trainer 2010 1+ 1+
Ilyushin Il-76 Russia Jet Transport 16+ 16+ [1]
Ilyushin Il-78 Russia Jet Transport 1+ 1+ [2]
KJ-200 China Propeller Patrol 8 8 [2]
KJ-500 China Propeller Patrol 2013 1+ 1+ [3]
KJ-2000 China Jet Patrol 2003 5 5 [2]
Mil Mi-17 USSR Rotorcraft Transport 10 [2]
Nanchang CJ-6 China Propeller Trainer 1960 400 1,500+ [1]
Nanchang Q-5 China Jet Attack 1970 120 [1]
Shaanxi Y-8 China Propeller Transport/patrol 1981 78 [2]
Shaanxi Y-9 China Propeller Transport/patrol 2011 7+ 7+ [2]
Shenyang J-8 China Jet Fighter/patrol 1980 192 [1]
Shenyang J-11 China Jet Multi-role 1998 205+ [1]
Shenyang J-16 China Jet Multi-role 2013 24
Shijiazhuang Y-5 China Propeller Transport/utility 170 [1]
Sukhoi Su-27 USSR Jet Fighter 75 75 [1]
Sukhoi Su-30MKK Russia Jet Multi-role 73 [1]
Tupolev Tu-154 USSR Jet Transport/patrol 16 [1]
Xian H-6 China Jet Bomber/transport 1960 120 [2]
Xian JH-7 China Jet Multi-role 1992 120 [1]
Xian MA60 China Propeller Transport 9 [2]
Xian Y-7 China Propeller Transport 43 [2]
Xian Y-20 China Jet Transport 2016 2 2 [4]


People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon France Rotorcraft Transport 15 [5]
Changhe Z-8 China Rotorcraft Transport/attack 27+ 27+ [2]
Changhe Z-18 China Rotorcraft Attack 5 [2]
Chengdu J-7 China Jet Fighter 30 [2]
Chengdu J-10 China Jet Multi-role 24 24 [5]
Eurocopter AS565 Panther France Rotorcraft Patrol 6 [2]
Guizhou JL-9 China Jet Trainer 12+ 12+ [5]
Harbin SH-5 China Propeller Patrol 3 [5]
Harbin Z-9 China Rotorcraft Utility 25 [5]
Hongdu JL-8 China Jet Trainer 12 [5]
Ilyushin Il-28 USSR Jet Patrol 7 [5]
Kamov Ka-28 Russia Rotorcraft Attack 19 [5]
Kamov Ka-31 Russia Rotorcraft Patrol 9 [5]
KJ-200 China Propeller Patrol 3 [2]
Mil Mi-8 USSR Rotorcraft Transport 8 [5]
Nanchang CJ-6 China Propeller Trainer 38 [5]
Nanchang Q-5 China Jet Attack 30 [2]
Shaanxi Y-8 China Propeller Transport/patrol 30 [2]
Shenyang J-5 China Jet Trainer 5 [5]
Shenyang J-6 China Jet Trainer 14 [5]
Shenyang J-8 China Jet Fighter 47 [2]
Shenyang J-11 China Jet Multi-role 48 48 [5]
Shenyang J-15 China Jet Multi-role 2013 21+ 21+
Shijiazhuang Y-5 China Propeller Transport/utility 50 [5]
Sukhoi Su-30MKK Russia Jet Multi-role/trainer 24 24 [5]
Xian H-6 China Jet Bomber/transport 33 [5]
Xian JH-7 China Jet Multi-role 124 [5]
Xian Y-7 China Propeller Transport/trainer 39 [2][5]
Yakovlev Yak-42 Russia Jet Transport 2 2 [5]


People's Liberation Army Ground Force[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Aérospatiale Gazelle France Rotorcraft Utility 8 [6]
CAIC WZ-10 China Rotorcraft Attack 91 91 [2]
Changhe Z-8 China Rotorcraft Transport 53 [2]
Changhe Z-11 China Rotorcraft Attack/patrol 1998 46 [2]
Changhe Z-18 China Rotorcraft Transport 2014
Eurocopter AS350 France Rotorcraft Training 53 [6]
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri France Rotorcraft Training 93 [2]
Harbin Z-9 China Rotorcraft Transport 255 [6]
Harbin Z-19 China Rotorcraft Attack/patrol 105 105 [2]
Mil Mi-8/Mil Mi-17 USSR Rotorcraft Transport 252+ [6]
Mil Mi-26 Russia Rotorcraft Transport 4 [6]
Shaanxi Y-8 China Propeller Transport 4 [6]
Shaanxi Y-9 China Propeller Transport 1+ 1+
Sikorsky S-70 USA Rotorcraft Transport 20 [2]
Xian Y-7 China Propeller Transport 7 [2]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s International Institute for Strategic Studies: The Military Balance 2014, p.236
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Flightglobal - World Air Forces 2015 (PDF), Flightglobal.com
  3. ^ China's KJ-500 AEW&C platform 'enters service', janes.com, 23 March 2015
  4. ^ PLAAF reportedly receives first Y-20 airlifter, janes.com
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t International Institute for Strategic Studies: The Military Balance 2014, p.235
  6. ^ a b c d e f International Institute for Strategic Studies: The Military Balance 2014, p.233