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.

PLA Air Force

Designation Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced Notes
A319 Airbus Europe Jet VIP transport
B737 Boeing United States Jet VIP transport 8 x B737-300; 2 x B737-700; 4 x B737-800
B737-300 Boeing United States Jet C4I 2 converted from B737-300
CJ-6 Hongdu China Propeller Primary trainer 1962
CRJ Bombardier Canada Jet VIP transport 1997 5 x CRJ200BLR; 5 x CRJ700
H-6 Xi’an China Jet Bomber 1968 H-6H and H-6M
H-6K Xi’an China Jet Bomber 2011
HY-6 Xi’an China Jet Tanker 1995
Il-76 Ilyushin Russia Jet Transport 1990 14 x Il-76MD; 10 x Il-76TD
Il-78MP Ilyushin Ukraine Jet Tanker 2016 3 examples
J-7 Chengdu China Jet Interceptor fighter 1966 J-7E and J-7G
J-8 Shenyang China Jet Interceptor fighter 1981 J-8 , J-8A and J-8E
J-8II Shenyang China Jet Interceptor fighter 1988 J-8B, J-8D/DF, J-8F and J-8H
J-10 Chengdu China Jet Multirole fighter 2002 J-10A, J-10B and J-10S (two-seat)
J-11 Shenyang China Jet Multirole fighter 1998 J-11, J-11B, and J-11BS (two-seat)
J-16 Shenyang China Jet Multirole fighter-bomber 2014 In OT&E
J-20 Chengdu China Jet Multirole fighter 2016 8 examples delivered for OT&E
JH-7A Xi’an China Jet Fighter-bomber 2004
JJ-7 Guizhou China Jet Fighter-trainer 1985
JL-8 Hongdu China Jet Trainer aircraft 1996
JL-9 Guizhou China Jet Trainer aircraft 2007
JL-10 Hongdu China Jet Trainer aircraft 2016?
JZ-8 Shenyang China Jet Reconnaissance
JZ-8F Shenyang China Jet Reconnaissance
KJ-200 Shaanxi China Propeller AEW&C 2008 5 examples
KJ-500 Shaanxi China Propeller AEW&C 2014
KJ-2000 Xi’an China Jet AEW&C 2007 4 examples
Learjet Learjet China Jet Surveillance 2007 5 examples
Q-5 Hongdu China Jet Attack 1968 Q-5D and Q-5L
Su-27SK/UBK KnAAPO/IAPO Russia Jet Interceptor fighter 1992 36 x Su-27SK and 40 x Su-27UBK
Su-30MKK KnAAPO Russia Jet Multirole fighter-bomber 2000 76 examples
Su-35 KnAAPO Russia Jet Multirole fighter 2017? 24 examples ordered
Tu-154M Tupolev Russia Jet Transport 1986 16 examples acquired
Tu-154M/D Tupolev Russia Jet Surveillance 1990
Y-7 Xi’an China Propeller Transport 1984
Y-7G/MA-60 Xi’an China Propeller Transport 2010
Y-8 Shaanxi China Propeller Transport 1980
Y-8CB ‘GX1’ Shaanxi China Propeller ELINT
Y-8JB ‘BX2’ Shaanxi China Propeller ELINT
Y-8G ‘GX3’ Shaanxi China Propeller EW/ECM
Y-8T ‘GX4’ Shaanxi China Propeller C4I
Y-8XZ ‘GX7’ Shaanxi China Propeller PSYOPS
Y-9 Shaanxi China Propeller Transport 2012
Y-9JB ‘GX8’ Shaanxi China Propeller ELINT
Y-12D Harbin China Propeller Transport
Y-20 Xi’an China Jet Transport 2016 2 examples delivered

PLA Naval Air Force

Designation Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced Notes
CRJ Bombardier Canada Jet VIP transport 2 x CRJ200BLR
H-6D/G Xi’an China Jet Bomber 2008?
HY-6D Xi’an China Jet Tanker 1995 About 10 examples in service
J-7 Chengdu China Jet Interceptor fighter ? J-7E and J-7G
J-8II Shenyang China Jet Interceptor fighter ? J-8B, J-8D/DF, and J-8F
J-10 Chengdu China Jet Multirole fighter ? J-10H and J-10HS (two-seat)
J-11B Shenyang China Jet Multirole fighter ? J-11B and J-11BS (two-seat).
J-15 Shenyang China Jet Multirole fighter 2010 J-15 and J-15S (two-seat).
JH-7 Xi’an China Jet Fighter-bomber 1992 38 x JH-7 and unknown number of JH-7A
JJ-7 Guizhou China Jet Fighter-trainer 1985
JL-8 Hongdu China Jet Trainer aircraft 1996
JL-9G Guizhou China Jet Trainer aircraft 2013
KJ-200 Shaanxi China Propeller AEW&C 2008 6 examples
Q-5 Hongdu China Jet Attack 1968
Su-30MKK2 KnAAPO Russia Jet Multirole fighter-bomber 2003 24 examples
Ka-27/28 Kamov Russia Helicopter SAR ? 17 examples
Ka-31 Kamov Russia Helicopter ASW ? 9 examples
Y-8 (AEW) Shaanxi China Propeller AEW ? 4 examples
Y-8FQ ‘GX6’ Shaanxi China Propeller ASW 2015? 4 examples
Y-8 (MPA) Shaanxi China Propeller Patrol 1995
Yak-42 Yakovlev Russia Jet VIP transport 2 examples
Z-8 Changhe China Helicopter ASW/SAR ? Z-8, Z-8J, and Z-8S
Z-9 Harbin China Helicopter ASW/SAR ? Z-9C and Z-9D
Z-18 Changhe China Helicopter ASW/SAR ? Z-18 (utility), Z-18J (AEW), and Z-18F (ASW)

PLA Army Aviation

Designation Manufacturer Origin Class Role Introduced Notes
HC-120 Harbin China Helicopter Training 2005 34 examples.
Mi-17/171 Ulan-Ude Russia Helicopter Utility 1990 100 x Mi-171E; 180 x Mi-17/171
Mi-17V5 Kazan Russia Helicopter Utility 60 examples
S-70C-2 Sikorsky USA Helicopter Utility 1985 24 examples
Y-7 Xi’an China Propeller Transport
Y-8 Shaanxi China Propeller Transport
Z-8 Changhe China Helicopter Transport Z-8A , Z-8B, and Z-8K
Z-9 Harbin China Helicopter Utility Z-9A and Z-9B
Z-9W Harbin China Helicopter Attack
Z-10 Changhe China Helicopter Attack 2010
Z-11 Changhe China Helicopter Utility 1998
Z-18 Chenghe China Helicopter Transport
Z-19 Harbin China Helicopter Attack 2012
Z-20 Harbin China Helicopter Utility Currently in operational trial and evaluation.

Last updated: 1 January 2017