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People's Liberation Army Ground Force (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 857 Aircraft


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The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force (2024). The service currently counts 857 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.

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Total Aircraft: 857

429
Aircraft at 50.0% Readiness Rate
600
Aircraft at 70.0% Readiness Rate
643
Aircraft at 75.0% Readiness Rate
686
Aircraft at 80.0% Readiness Rate
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TvR
31.3
TrueValue Rating assesses air service current strengths/weaknesses matched against top performer USAF (242.9).
Global Rank
36 /103
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMA. 103 total air services from 103 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Attack: 0 units
Support: 763 units
Training: 94 units
Future: 80 units

Material Suppliers (Past and Present)

Primary (1)

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Secondary (3)

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Helicopters (751)


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

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
242
Mi-17/171
Transport/Gunship
175
Z-19
Recon/Light Attack
106
Z-10
Attack
92
Z-9
Multi-Mission
67
Z-8
Transport
46
Z-11
Light Utility/Scout
23
Z-20
Multi-Mission

Total Units: 751 (88%)




Transports (12)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
7
Y-7
Light Utility
3
Y-8
Tactical
2
Y-9
Tactical

Total Units: 12 (1%)




Trainers (94)


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

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
93
H120
Helicopter Trainer
1
H125M (AS350)
Helicopter Trainer

Total Units: 94 (11%)




On Order (80)


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

57
H120
Helicopter Trainer
12
Z-10
Attack Helo
11
Z-19
Recon/Light Attack

Total Units: 80




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