Military Factory

Modern Chinese Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/3/2015

China continues its rise as a power in the East, aided by its recent technological developments in advanced flight.





There are a total of (81) Modern Chinese Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Aircraft used throughout the history of China, and still holding operational status, are included in this listing.




2020
Shenyang J-31 Gryfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achie... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-31 Gryfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)

2020
Chengdu / Guizhou Soar Dragon (Soar Eagle)
Like other military powers of the world, China has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of the UAV (... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu / Guizhou Soar Dragon (Soar Eagle)

2020
Shenyang Divine Eagle
The Shenyang "Divine Eagle" joins the Chengdu "Soar Dragon" (detailed elsewhere on this site) as two... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang Divine Eagle

2018
AVICopter AC332 (Advanced Heavy lifter - AHL)
The Chinese and Russians have entered into a joint design partnership to produce an all-new very-hig... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AVICopter AC332 (Advanced Heavy lifter - AHL)

2017
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
After decades of relying - and then locally copying - Soviet Russian aircraft types, the Chinese und... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)

2017
Hongdu Lijian (Sharp Sword)
In tune with other leading military powers of the world, China has delved into the realm of the Unma... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hongdu Lijian (Sharp Sword)

2017
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth charact... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)

2016
COMAC C919
The government-owned aviation company of COMAC ("COMmercial Aircraft corporation of China") was foun... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the COMAC C919

2016
AVIC TA-600 / AG-600
In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AVIC TA-600 / AG-600

2016
Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II
Its design shape no doubt inspired by the successful American General Atomics "Predator" Unmanned Ae... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II

2016
NORINCO Sky Saker
Chinese military industry is developing a producing a myriad of products for its massive land, sea, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the NORINCO Sky Saker

2015
NORINCO Sharp Eyes III
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the NORINCO Sharp Eyes III

2015
AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AVICopter AC311

2015
Harbin Z-20
In 1984, the People's Republic of China procured several examples of the civilian-minded Sikorsky S-... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Harbin Z-20

2015
Airbus Helicopters EC175
Expanding the Airbus Helicopters medium-lift utility helicopter product line is the in-development E... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters EC175

2015
COMAC ARJ21 (Xiangfeng)
It was announced in January of 2015 that the ARJ21-700 has received its Chapter 25 type certificate ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the COMAC ARJ21 (Xiangfeng)

2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market.... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A350

2014
Chengdu Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong)
The Chengdu Pterodactyl I (also known as the Wing Loong) was unveiled by company representatives dur... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong)

2014
CASIC WJ-600
The CASIC WJ-600 is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV", though more commonly referred to a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the CASIC WJ-600

2014
Guizhou JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Once wholly dependent on Soviet/Russian-inspired jet-powered trainers, China has since developed the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Guizhou JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)

2013
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)

2013
Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle)
The Chinese have held a long-running and beneficial relationship with the Russians that eventually n... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle)

2013
AVICopter AC313
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Thumbnail picture of the AVICopter AC313

2012
Shaanxi Y-9
The Chinese military is currently endorsing development of a plethora of military systems from Unman... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shaanxi Y-9

2012
Harbin Z-19
China garnered much experience in the license production of the French-made Eurocopter AS365 "Dauphi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Harbin Z-19

2012
CAIC Z-10
The CAIC Z-10/WZ-10 (Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation / Wuzhuang Zhisheng) is a modern battle... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the CAIC Z-10

2012
Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to evolve at a quickening pace as its growing coll... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)

2011
Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air tra... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)

2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Ai... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)

2009
Shaanxi KJ-200
In attempting to broaden its Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capabilities, the Chinese Ai... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shaanxi KJ-200

2009
Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
China was one of the many Soviet-aligned national powers to take on stocks of the famous Ilyushin IL... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)

2009
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Supersonic trainers are an integral part of the military aviation regime for any world power. Supers... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon

2008
Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)
It is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmann... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)

2007
Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their w... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A380

2005
Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
The Chengdu Jian-J10 (also "J-10" and "Annihilator" but known to the West as "Vigorous Dragon") was ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard

2004
Eurocopter EC225 (Super Puma)
Eurocopter - now Airbus Helicopters (France) - developed its EC225 "Super Puma" for the passenger tr... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Eurocopter EC225 (Super Puma)

1999
Airbus Helicopters H155 (EC155)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters H155 (EC155)

1998
Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)
Introduced in 1998, the EC120 "Colibri" ("Hummingbird") Light Utility Helicopter has seen over 550 e... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird)

1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter seri... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)

1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO codename of "Flanker-C") is an air superiority and strike fighter version of ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)

1995
Kamov Ka-31 (Helix)
The Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" series of medium-lift navalized helicopters was born out of a Soviet Navy ne... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kamov Ka-31 (Helix)

1994
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation of China began local-license production of the French Aero... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)

1994
Airbus A330
The passenger airliner market is lucrative business and typically involves two industry heavyweights... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A330

1994
Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
The Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 is a series of indigenous Chinese lightweight jet-powered aircraft. The JL-8 i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum

1993
Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus A340

1992
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
To help strengthen its strike wing, the Chinese defense ministry enacted a new program to produce an... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)

1990
McDonnell Douglas / Boeing MD-11
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Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas / Boeing MD-11

1989
ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ATR 72 (Avions de Transport Regional Model 72)

1986
Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)
The Harbin SH-5 became a locally designed and developed flying boat for the Chinese Navy ("PLAN") du... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Harbin SH-5 (Shuishang Hongzhaji)

1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Designed as a counter to the excellent American swing-wing Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" carrierborne fleet ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)

1985
Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militar... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) Panther

1984
Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
The Soviet / Russian military has received a great number of years of faithful service from its Ilyu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)

1983
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Since its adoption into service with the Soviet Air Force during the early 1980s, the Cold War-era M... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-26 (Halo)

1982
Airbus Helicopters Super Puma / AS532 Cougar
The Super Puma was developed by French-based Aerospatiale (formerly Sud Aviation) form the successfu... [Read More]
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1982
Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
The Kamov Ka-27 Helix naval helicopter was developed as a direct successor to the aging Kamov Ka-25 ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)

1981
Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)

1981
Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
The original Mil Mi-8 "Hip" medium-lift transport helicopter series first flew in prototype form on ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)

1980
Chengdu J-7 / F-7
After World War 2 (1939-1945), China and the Soviet Union were cooperating political powers. This na... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-7 / F-7

1980
Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
The Shenyang J-8 series (NATO codename of "Finback") was an indigenous Chinese multi-role fighter de... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)

1979
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has become a workhorse for the United States and other military forces... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a co... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AgustaWestland AW109

1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)

1975
Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil / Astar

1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since est... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)

1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gure... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)

1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossom... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)

1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
The Mach 2-capable MiG-23 "Flogger" became the first true "swing-wing" fighter to enter service with... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)

1969
Antonov An-26 (Curl)
The Antonov An-26 was developed from the An-24 of 1962 for the airliner passenger / general transpor... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-26 (Curl)

1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be v... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-8 (Hip)

1967
Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)

1964
Aerospatiale Super Frelon (Super Hornet)
The SA 321 Super Frelon is a French-produced multirole helicopter falling under the Aerospatiale bra... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Super Frelon (Super Hornet)

1962
Mil Mi-6 (Hook)
The Mil Mi-6 was an inventory stalwart for the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. For ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mil Mi-6 (Hook)

1962
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-24 (Coke)

1961
Shenyang J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
For decades China, and its regional allies, relied on the availability of their Shenyang J-6 series ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)

1960
Aerospatiale Alouette III
The Aerospatiale Alouette III, is French for Skylark having a single-engine and to be used as a ligh... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Alouette III

1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Sov... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-12 (Cub)

1958
Xian H-6
Into the 1960s, communist China held a close working military and political relationship with the So... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Xian H-6

1956
Cessna 172
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Thumbnail picture of the Cessna 172

1954
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own ve... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)

1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Des... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)

1934
Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
The high performance, record-setting Messerschmitt Bf 108 "Taifun" ("Typhoon") was born as a racing ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Messerschmitt  Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)