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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.






Antonov An-148
Regional Passenger Airliner
Picture of the Antonov An-148
001
National Flag Graphic
2009
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Single-Engine Biplane Utility Aircraft
Picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)
002
National Flag Graphic
1947
Antonov An-24 (Coke)
Military Transport Aircraft
Picture of the Antonov An-24 (Coke)
003
National Flag Graphic
1962
Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7
Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7
004
National Flag Graphic
1980
Ilyushin IL-18 (Coot)
Turboprop-Powered Passenger Airliner / Maritime Reconnaissance Platform
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-18 (Coot)
005
National Flag Graphic
1957
ADVERTISEMENTS
Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
Tactical Strike Medium Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-28 (Beagle)
006
National Flag Graphic
1949
Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
Narrow-Body Passenger Airliner
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-62 (Classic)
007
National Flag Graphic
1967
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Strategic Transport / Tanker Aircraft
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
008
National Flag Graphic
1975
Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
Anti-Ship / Multi-role Naval Helicopter
Picture of the Kamov Ka-27 (Helix)
009
National Flag Graphic
1982
MD Helicopters MD500 (Hughes 500)
Light Utility Helicopter / Multirole Helicopter
Picture of the MD Helicopters MD500 (Hughes 500)
0010
National Flag Graphic
1982
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Lightweight Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
0011
National Flag Graphic
1984
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
0012
National Flag Graphic
1949
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
0013
National Flag Graphic
1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
0014
National Flag Graphic
1970
Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Maritime Patrol Navy Helicopter
Picture of the Mil Mi-14 (Haze)
0015
National Flag Graphic
1975
Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
Light Utility / Training Helicopter
Picture of the Mil Mi-2 (Hoplite)
0016
National Flag Graphic
1965
Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
Armed Assault Gunship / Attack Helicopter
Picture of the Mil Mi-24 (Hind)
0017
National Flag Graphic
1973
Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter
Picture of the Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
0018
National Flag Graphic
1983
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Multirole Medium-Lift Helicopter
Picture of the Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
0019
National Flag Graphic
1967
Shenyang (AVIC) J-5 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-5 (Fresco)
0020
National Flag Graphic
1956
Shenyang (AVIC) J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
Jet-Powered Interceptor / Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-6 / F-6 (Farmer)
0021
National Flag Graphic
1961
Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
Close-Air Support (CAS) / Ground Attack Aircraft
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
0022
National Flag Graphic
1981
Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-7 (Fitter-A)
0023
National Flag Graphic
1959
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
Commercial Passenger Airliner
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
0024
National Flag Graphic
1972
Yakovlev Pchela (Bee)
ISR Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Picture of the Yakovlev Pchela (Bee)
0025
National Flag Graphic
2005


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