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Modern Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2017)


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.

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 23 Modern Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2017) 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.