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Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2019)

Unlike its land forces, the North Korean air service is a rather modestly-sized branch made up of a collection of Cold War-era aircraft.

Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2019)

Unlike its land forces, the North Korean air service is a rather modestly-sized branch made up of a collection of Cold War-era aircraft.

OVERVIEW



The modern North Korean Air Force fields a mix of aircraft types. Many are of Soviet-era origin while those of Chinese origin are based in Soviet designs. We record 944 total aircraft in inventory, ranking them 11th in the world. The fighter arm consists of the Shenyang F-5 (MiG-17) (106 units), Shenyang F-6 (MiG-19) (97 units), Chengdu F-7 (MiG-21) (120 units), Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 'Fishbed' (26 units), Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 'Flogger' (56 units), Mikoyan MiG-29 'Fulcrum' (35 units) and Sukhoi Su-7 'Fitter' (18 units). The Mig-29 represents North Korea's most potent combat warplane. The Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' (34 units) is the primary Close-Air Support (CAS) platform. A single An-24 'Coke' transport is operated. The bomber arm is led by the Harbin H-5 (80 units) which is nothing more than the Chinese copy of the Soviet Ilyushin IL-28 'Beagle' platform.

Among the helicopter fleet is the American-originated Hughes MD500 series (84 units) and the Soviet/Russian Mil Mi-2 'Hoplite'(45 units), Mi-8 'Hip' (41 units), Mi-14 'Haze' (8 units) and Mi-26 'Halo' (4 units) types. The primary attack helicopter model is the Mil Mi-24 'Hind' (20 units).

The training force consists of the Shenyang FT-2 (MiG-15UTI) (30 units), Shenyang FT-5 (J-5/MiG-17 trainer) (135 units) and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 'Fagot' (4 units).

There are a total of 25 Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2019) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin. Return to the Modern Aircraft Index.






#1
2009
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Antonov An-148
Antonov An-148
Regional Passenger Airliner
#2
1947
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Single-Engine Biplane Utility Aircraft
#3
1962
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Antonov An-24 (Coke)
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
Military Transport Aircraft
#4
1980
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7
Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7
Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
#5
1957
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-18 (Coot)
Ilyushin IL-18 (Coot)
Turboprop-Powered Passenger Airliner / Maritime Reconnaissance Platform
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
Tactical Strike Medium Bomber Aircraft
#7
1967
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
Narrow-Body Passenger Airliner
#8
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Strategic Transport / Tanker Aircraft
#9
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
Anti-Ship / Multi-role Naval Helicopter
#10
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the MD Helicopters MD500 (Hughes 500)
MD Helicopters MD500 (Hughes 500)
Light Utility Helicopter / Multirole Helicopter
#11
1984
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Lightweight Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
#12
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
#13
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
#14
1970
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft
#15
1975
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Maritime Patrol Navy Helicopter
#16
1965
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
Light Utility / Training Helicopter
#17
1973
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
Armed Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter
#18
1983
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
#19
1967
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Multirole Medium-Lift Helicopter
#20
1956
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-5 (Fresco)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-5 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
#21
1961
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
Jet-Powered Interceptor / Fighter Aircraft
#22
1981
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
Close-Air Support (CAS) / Ground Attack Aircraft
#23
1959
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft
#24
1972
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
Commercial Passenger Airliner
#25
2005
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Yakovlev Pchela (Bee)
Yakovlev Pchela (Bee)
ISR Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)


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