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Military Factory

Modern Chinese Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/5/2014

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

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There are a total of 72 Modern Chinese Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2018
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth characteristics not unlike the A...
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2018
COMAC C919
The government-owned aviation company of COMAC ("COMmercial Aircraft corporation of China") was founded as recently as 2008 a...
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2017
Hongdu Lijian (Sharp Sword)
In tune with other leading military powers of the world, China has delved into the realm of the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (...
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2017
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
After decades of relying - and then locally copying - Soviet Russian aircraft types, the Chinese undertook several indigenous...
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2016
Guizhou Sparrow Hawk II
Its design shape no doubt inspired by the successful American General Atomics "Predator" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) line, ...
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2016
Shenyang J-31 (F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achieving a strong global econ...
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2016
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both economically and militari...
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2016
AVIC TA-600
In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized primarily for maritime pa...
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2015
Harbin Z-20
In 1984, the People's Republic of China procured several examples of the civilian-minded Sikorsky S-70C-2 model. From this, i...
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2015
Harbin Z-19
China garnered much experience in the license production of the French-made Eurocopter AS365 "Dauphin" (which it produced as ...
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2015
AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a range of ongoing project...
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2014
Airbus A350
The A350 is the latest Airbus contribution to the competitive wide-body, long-range airliner market. The aircraft is intended...
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2014
Guizhou JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Once wholly dependent on Soviet/Russian-inspired jet-powered trainers, China has since developed the indigenous JL-9 through ...
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2014
Guizhou Soar Eagle / Soar Dragon
Like other military powers of the world, China has whole-heartedly embraced the concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) ...
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2014
Chengdu Pterodactyl I (Wing Loong)
The Chengdu Pterodactyl I (also known as the Wing Loong) was unveiled by company representatives during the China Internation...
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2014
CASIC WJ-600
The CASIC WJ-600 is a large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV", though more commonly referred to as a "drone") currently un...
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2013
Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle)
The Chinese have held a long-running and beneficial relationship with the Russians that eventually netted the country access ...
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2013
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2012
Thumbnail picture of the Shaanxi Y-9

2012
Boeing 787 (Dreamliner)
The 787 "Dreamliner" represents Boeing's latest foray into the world of commercial passenger air travel. To this point, the p...
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2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporati...
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2010
CAIC Z-10
The CAIC Z-10/WZ-10 (Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation / Wuzhuang Zhisheng) is a modern battlefield attack helicopter o...
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2009
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-76 four-engined heavy ha...
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2009
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Supersonic trainers are an integral part of the military aviation regime for any world power. Supersonic trainers bridge the ...
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2008
Guizhou WZ-2000 (WuZhen-2000 / WZ-9)
it is only natural that the unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of today become the armed Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (U...
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2007
Airbus A380
Developed as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Boeing 747 line, Airbus introduced their wide-body, long-range jet ...
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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 originally designed as an...
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1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter series with some local modifi...
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1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO codename of "Flanker-C") is an air superiority and strike fighter version of the Su-27 "Flanker" serie...
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1995
Kamov Ka-31 (Helix)
The Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" series of medium-lift navalized helicopters was born out of a Soviet Navy need for an interim Airborn...
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1994
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation of China began local-license production of the French Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin in...
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1994
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 is a dual-role platform th...
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1993
Airbus A340
The Airbus A340 series was already in design and development alongside the similar A330 series. In that respect, the two syst...
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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 indigenously designed an...
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1986
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1985
Eurocopter / Aerospatiale Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militarized form of the original...
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1984
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
The Su-27 "Flanker" series of aircraft is regarded by most airplane aficionados as the ultimate in Russian fighter design. Th...
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1983
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
At the time of its inception, the Cold War-era Mi-26 (codenamed "Halo" by NATO) was - and still remains - the most powerful o...
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1982
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter Super Puma / AS532 Cougar
The Super Puma was developed by French-based Aerospatiale (formerly Sud Aviation) form the successful AS 330 Puma series of m...
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1980
Chengdu J-7 / F-7
After World War 2 (1939-1945), China and the Soviet Union were cooperating political powers. This naturally led to China bein...
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1980
Shenyang J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
The Shenyang J-8 series (NATO codename of "Finback") was an indigenous Chinese multi-role fighter design appearing in 1980. A...
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1979
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk has become a workhorse for the United States and other military forces the world over. Its capa...
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1976
AgustaWestland AW109
The British-Italian helicopter concern of AgustaWestland developed their AW109 model of 1971 as a commercial-level passenger-...
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1975
Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
The Ka-27 Helix was designed and built as a replacement for the aging Soviet-era Ka-25 navy helicopter - also built by Kamov....
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1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
The Ilyushin IL-76 heavy transport was debuted in the early 1970s, entered service in the mid-1970s and is still operating to...
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1975
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light utility helicopter serie...
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1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
The Tupolev concern of Russia holds an aviation history dating as far back as 1926, having since established a name in large ...
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1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
As a long time Soviet equipment user, the Chinese were already building the twin-engine Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 "Farmer" jet ...
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1970
Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet)
Thanks to advances in jet engine technology during the 1950s and 1960s, passenger air travel blossomed during this period of ...
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1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
The Mach 2-capable MiG-23 "Flogger" became the first true "swing-wing" fighter to enter service with the Soviet Union and wen...
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1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be viewed as one of the most ...
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1964
Aerospatiale Super Frelon (Super Hornet)
The SA 321 Super Frelon is a French-produced multirole helicopter falling under the Aerospatiale brand. The mammoth design be...
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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 a time, the Mi-6 represen...
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1962
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the Cold War by the Antonov ...
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1961
Shenyang J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
For decades China, and its regional allies, relied on the availability of their Shenyang J-6 series (NATO codename of "Farmer...
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1960
Aerospatiale Alouette III
The Aerospatiale Alouette III, is French for Skylark having a single-engine and to be used as a light utility helicopter and ...
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1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Soviet Union and its satelli...
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1958
Xian H-6
Into the 1960s, communist China held a close working military and political relationship with the Soviet Union. As such, ther...
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1956
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1954
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
The Tupolev Tu-16 (codenamed "Badger" by NATO) owed its success story to the Cold War and its own versatility. Throughout its...
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1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
The Antonov An-2 is a multi-role light utility biplane initially produced under the Soviet flag. Despite its 1940's pedigree,...
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1934
Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (Typhoon)
The high performance, record-setting Messerschmitt Bf 108 "Taifun" ("Typhoon") was born as a racing aircraft under the protot...
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