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Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2020)


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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 26 Active Korean People's Army Air Force (North Korea) Aircraft (2020) types 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. For greater in-depth information, consider www.WDMMA.org - the 'World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft' (external link).


Inventory Breakdown
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458
Combat Aircraft
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114
Dedicated Strike / Bombers
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0
Special-Mission
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0
Aerial Tankers
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4
Transports (Fixed-Wing)
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204
Helicopters
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169
Trainers
Notes: Combat Aircraft includes multirole, interceptor, and fighter types. Attack Aircraft includes dedicated strike and bomber types. Transports includes only fixed-wing platforms. Helicopters includes dedicated attack types. Trainers includes basic, advanced, fighter, flight, helo trainers.








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