Chinese Military Technology

Military Aircraft

The PLA has retired most of its obsolete combat aircraft and replaced them with 4th-generation aircraft of indigenous or Russian origin, and is developing 5th-generation fighter, large transport aircraft, and long-range bomber.

Naval Vessels

The PLA saw a significant expansion of its naval forces over the past two decades, with the introduction of aircraft carrier as well as newer surface combatants, submarines, amphibious warfare ships, and replenishment ships.

Strategic and Theatre Missiles

The PLA has maintained a small force of land- and sea-based nuclear ballistic missiles, and the world’s largest inventory of conventionally-armed medium- and short-range ballistic missiles and land-attack cruise missiles.

Air-Launched Weapons

The PLA operates a diverse mix of indigenously manufactured and imported Russian air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles, and precision guided munitions.

Space Systems

China has launched a wide range of military and dual-use satellites in recent years for communications, reconnaissance, weather, and navigation roles. It is also actively seeking land- and space-based anti-satellite capabilities.