List of active People's Liberation Army aircraft

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

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]

Aircraft Origin Role Version Number[1][2] Comment
Fighter aircraft
Sukhoi Su-30MKK  Russia Fighter aircraft Su-30MKK 73[1]
Sukhoi Su-27  Soviet Union Fighter aircraft Su-27SK
Su-27UBK
75[1]
Shenyang J-16  China Fighter aircraft 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.
Shenyang J-11  China Fighter aircraft J-11
J-11A
J-11B
J-11BS
J-11D
205+[1] A Chinese built 4.5th generation fighter based on the Sukhoi Su-27. More aircraft on order.
Chengdu J-10  China Fighter aircraft J-10A
J-10S
J-10B
J-10C
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
Fighter aircraft
Fighter-reconnaissance
J-8B
J-8F
J-8H
JZ-8
JZ-8F

144[1]
48[1]
A heavily modified 3rd generation interceptor.
Chengdu J-7  China Fighter aircraft J-7
J-7E
J-7G
528[1] Fleet rapidly being replaced as new aircraft enter service.
Strike aircraft
Xian JH-7  China Strike aircraft JH-7
JH-7A
JH-7B
120[1]
Nanchang Q-5  China Strike aircraft Q-5C
Q-5D
Q-5E
120[1]
Bomber aircraft
Xian H-6  China Strategic bomber H-6A
H-6H
H-6M
H-6K
120[2]
Transport aircraft
Ilyushin Il-76  Russia Strategic transport IL-76MD 16+[1] More on order.
Shaanxi Y-9  China Tactical transport Y-9 7[2] More on order.
Shaanxi Y-8  China Tactical transport Y-8 61[2]
Xi'an Y-7  China Tactical transport Y-7
Y-7H
43[2]
Boeing 737  United States VIP Transport B-737 9[1]
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
KJ-3000
5[2]
KJ-500  China Airborne early warning & control KJ-500 1+[1] Based on the Shaanxi Y-9 air-frame. More on order.
KJ-200  China Airborne early warning & control KJ-200 7[2] Based on the Shaanxi Y-8 air-frame.
Shaanxi Y-9  China Electronic warfare/surveillance
Psychological warfare
Reconnaissance
Y-9JB
Y-9XZ
Y-9G
1+[1] More on order. Replacing older reconnaissance types of the Shaanxi Y-8.
Shaanxi Y-8  China Electronic warfare, reconnaissance etc Y-8 19+[1] Comes in in a wide variety of variants. Unknown number in service.
Tupolev Tu-154  Soviet Union Signals intelligence Tu-154M/D 4[1]
Xian H-6  China Aerial refueling HY-6U 10[1]
Ilyushin Il-78  Russia Aerial refueling IL-78MP 1[2] More on order.
Trainer aircraft
Hongdu L-15  China Trainer aircraft L-15 2 More on order to replace older types.
Guizhou JL-9  China Trainer aircraft JL-9
JL-9G
2 More on order to replace older types.
Hongdu JL-8  China Trainer aircraft JL-8 350[1]
Hongdu Yakovlev CJ-7  China Trainer aircraft CJ-7 50[1] Around 300 on order to replace older types.
Nanchang CJ-6  China Trainer aircraft CJ-6
CJ-6A
CJ-6B
400[1]
Chengdu J-7  China Trainer aircraft JJ-7 200[1] Trainer variant of the J-7 fighter, fully combat capable.
Helicopters
Changhe Z-18  China Multi-purpose helicopter Z-18
Z-18A
1+ Search & rescue, transport etc
Harbin Z-9  China Multi-purpose helicopter Z-9 42[2]
Changhe Z-8  China Multi-purpose helicopter Z-8 34[2] Search & rescue, transport etc
Mil Mi-17/Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union Multi-purpose helicopter Mi-17
Mi-171
Mi-8

10[2]
50
Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma  France VIP Transport AS332 6[1]
UAVs

People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Role Version Number[4][2] Comment
Fighter aircraft
Sukhoi Su-30MKK  Russia Fighter aircraft Su-30MK2 24[4]
Shenyang J-15  China Fighter aircraft J-15 16 Carrier capable 4.5th generation aircraft for use aboard the PLAN aircraft carrier Liaoning. More on order.
Shenyang J-11  China Fighter aircraft J-11BH 24[4]
Chengdu J-10  China Fighter aircraft J-10A
J-10S
24[4]
Shenyang J-8  China Fighter aircraft J-8F
J-8H
48[4]
Chengdu J-7  China Fighter aircraft J-7E 30[2]
Strike aircraft
Xian JH-7  China Strike aircraft JH-7
JH-7A
120[4]
Nanchang Q-5  China Strike aircraft Q-5 30[2]
Bomber aircraft
Xian H-6  China Strategic bomber H-6G 30[4]
Transport aircraft
Shaanxi Y-8  China Tactical transport Y-8 14[2]
Xi'an Y-7  China Tactical transport Y-7
Y-7H
18[2]
Shijiazhuang Y-5  China Utility transport Y-5 50[4] Based on the Antonov An-2.
Yakovlev Yak-42  Russia VIP transport Yak-42 2[4]
Special-mission aircraft
KJ-500  China Airborne early warning & control KJ-500 1[4] More on order.
Shaanxi Y-8  China Airborne early warning & control
Electronic warfare, reconnaissance etc
Maritime patrol
KJ-200
Y-8JB/X
Y-8
3[2]
13[2]
3[2]
Ilyushin Il-28  Soviet Union Maritime patrol HZ-5 7[4]
Harbin SH-5  China Maritime patrol, search & rescue SH-5 4[4]
Xian H-6  China Aerial refueling H-6DU 3[4]
Trainer aircraft
Guizhou JL-9  China Trainer aircraft JL-9 12+[4] More on order to replace older types.
Hongdu JL-8  China Trainer aircraft JL-8 12[4]
Xian Y-7  China Trainer aircraft HY-7 21[4]
Nanchang CJ-6  China Trainer aircraft CJ-6 38[4]
Shenyang J-6  China Trainer aircraft JJ-6 14[4]
Shenyang J-5  China Trainer aircraft JJ-5 5[4]
Helicopters
Kamov Ka-31  Russia Airborne early warning KA-31 9[4]
Kamov Ka-28  Russia Anti-submarine warfare Ka-28 19[4]
Changhe Z-18  China Maritime helicopter Z-18
Z-18F
Z-18J
5[2] ASuW, ASW, transport, etc
Harbin Z-9/AS565  China Maritime helicopter Z-9C
Z-9D
34[2] ASuW, ASW, utility, etc
Changhe Z-8/SA321  China Maritime helicopter Z-8C
Z-8
Z-8S
Z-8J
Z-8JH
Z-8/Z-8A
55[4] ASuW, ASW, transport, search & rescue, etc
Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union Transport helicopter Mi-8 8[4]
UAVs

People's Liberation Army Ground Force[edit]

Aircraft Origin Role Version Number[5][2] Comment
Transport aircraft
Shaanxi Y-9  China Tactical transport Y-9 1+[5] More on order.
Shaanxi Y-8  China Tactical transport Y-8 4[5]
Xi'an Y-7  China Tactical transport Y-7 7[2]
Helicopters
Harbin Z-19  China Attack & reconnaissance Z-19 105[2] A scout helicopter for light attack and recce roles.
Changhe Z-11  China Scout, light attack, utility Z-11 ~100
CAIC WZ-10  China Attack helicopter WZ-10 91[2] 30 more on order. The Z-10 is an advanced multi-purpose attack helicopter developed by China.
Harbin Z-9  China Battlefield helicopter Z-9/9B
Z-9WA
Z-9W
253[5] Multi-purpose battlefield helicopter with transport, light attack and utility roles.
Changhe Z-8/SA321  China Transport helicopter Z-8 53[2]
Mil Mi-26  Russia Transport helicopter Mi-26 4[5] Heavy cargo and troop transport helicopter.
Mil Mi-8/Mil Mi-17  Russia Transport helicopter Mi-8/Mi-17 252+[5]
Sikorsky S-70  United States Transport helicopter S-70C 20[2]
Eurocopter AS350  France Training helicopter AS350 53[5]
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri  France Training helicopter EC120 93[2] 57 more on order.
Aérospatiale Gazelle  France Utility Helicopter SA342 8[5]
UAVs

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 t u v w x y z aa ab 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 ab ac Flightglobal - World Air Forces 2015 (PDF), Flightglobal.com
  3. ^ China marks aviation milestones with J-10B production, second Y-20 prototype flight, IHS Janes 360 (December 2013)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w International Institute for Strategic Studies: The Military Balance 2014, p.235
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h International Institute for Strategic Studies: The Military Balance 2014, p.233