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People's Liberation Army Air Force (2021)


Current Active Inventory: 2,040 Aircraft


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Last Updated: 06/22/2021 | © www.WDMMA.org
The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (2021). The service currently counts 2,040 total units in its active aircraft inventory. The WDMMA review takes into account specific categories of aircraft covering attack, logistics, special-mission, and general support types. Inventory numbers and related aircraft types / variants are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "Outlook" results are related to any future airframes currently under procurement though said airframes may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons. "Readiness Rates" are based on the published USAF standard. Due to discrepancies regarding UAV reporting between countries and sources, unmanned vehicles are currently not tracked by WDMMA.




Total Aircraft: 2,040
1,020 / 2,040
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50.0%.
1,428 / 2,040
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70.0%.
1,530 / 2,040
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75.0%.
1,632 / 2,040
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80.0%.
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TvR:
63.8
TvR is this air service's TrueValue Rating. The value is formulated by way of assessing an air service's current strengths and weaknesses. All are matched against the top-most performer, this being the USAF which yields a TvR of 242.9.
Global Rank:
7/124
This air service's Global Rank when compared to the rest of the national powers of WDMMA. A total of 124 air services from 98 nations are currently tracked. View the current ranking.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:
Attack: 1,455 units
Support: 315 units
Training: 270 units
Future: 10 units


Suppliers


Primary (2)
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Secondary (4)
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Fighters (1,335)


Airframes detailed as fighter, interceptor, or general attack types including multi-role though excluding dedicated bombers and CAS.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
388
J-7
Fighter
235
J-10A/B
Multirole
205
J-11/A/B/BS
Multirole
118
Q-5
Attack
96
J-8/A/B/D/E/F/H/+
Interceptor
76
Su-30MKK
Multirole
69
JH-7/A
Fighter-Bomber
59
Su-27K/UBK
Multirole
50
J-16
Strike Fighter
24
Su-35BM
Multirole
15
J-20
Multirole

Total Units: 1,335 (65%)




Bombers (120)


Airframes developed for the strategic-level direct-attack role; typical qualities include subsonic or supersonic performance, long range, and high-altitude capabilities.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
120
H-6/E/F/H/K
Strategic

Total Units: 120 (6%)




Helicopters (66)


Airframes detailed as manned rotary-wing platforms used in the transport, special-mission, or direct-attack roles.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
34
Z-8
Transport
16
Mi-17/171
Medium-Lift
16
Z-9
Multi-Mission

Total Units: 66 (3%)




Transports (182)


Airframes used in the dedicated hauler role, serving either military or high-government personnel or in supply / cargo delivery.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
69
Y-8
Tactical
47
Y-7
Light Utility
22
IL-76MD
Strategic
15
Y-9
Tactical
11
Y-12
Utility
9
MA-60
Transport
7
Y-20
Strategic
2
Tu-154
VIP/Airliner

Total Units: 182 (9%)




Trainers (270)


Airframes reserved for dedicated Basic, Advanced, Flight, and Helicopter airman training.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
170
JL-8
Advanced Jet Trainer
48
J-10S
Fighter Trainer
35
JJ-7
Fighter Trainer
13
Y-7
Flight Trainer
2
Cabri G2
Helicopter Trainer
2
L-15
Advanced Jet Trainer

Total Units: 270 (13%)




Aerial Tankers / Refuelers (3)


Airframes modified for the purpose of aerial fuel delivery to support allied aircraft / operations.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
3
IL-78
Aerial Refueling

Total Units: 3 (0%)




Special-Mission (64)


Airframes modified for Special-Mission roles - typically these are dedicated, role-specific types.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
16
Y-8GX1
Electronic Warfare
13
KJ-500
Airborne Early Warning
11
KJ-200
Airborne Early Warning
8
Tu-154
Electronic Warfare
5
Challenger 870
Reconnaissance
4
KJ-2000
Airborne Early Warning
3
An-30
Electronic Warfare
2
Boeing 737 MPA
Maritime Patrol
1
A-50I
Airborne Early Warning
1
Y-8
Reconnaissance

Total Units: 64 (3%)




On Order (10)


Aircraft set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

10
Su-35BM
Multirole

Total Units: 10




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