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Active Chinese Air Force Aircraft (2024)


Military | Modern Airpower

The Soviet-Russian influence on the PLAAF is clear though major gains have been made by China in developing a viable local aero-industry.

There are a total of [ 40 ] Active Chinese Air Force Aircraft (2024) entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. Return to the Modern Aircraft Index.

Also consider Warpower: China, breaking down the complete fighting strength of the nation of China through a detailed by-the-numbers approach.


For an in-depth overview of current leading air powers of the world, including active inventories and strengths, consult the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft (www.WDMMA.org).






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1966
Picture of the Aerospatiale SA321 Super Frelon
Aerospatiale SA321 Super Frelon
Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter
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1982
Picture of the Airbus Helicopters AS532 (Super Puma / Cougar)
Airbus Helicopters AS532 (Super Puma / Cougar)
Multi-role Medium Lift Helicopter
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2012
Picture of the Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
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1947
Picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Single-Engine Biplane Utility Aircraft
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1968
Picture of the Antonov An-30 (Clank)
Antonov An-30 (Clank)
Transport / Reconnaissance Aircraft
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1981
Picture of the Bell Model 412
Bell Model 412
Twin-Engine Utility / Transport Helicopter
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1968
Picture of the Boeing 737 (Series)
Boeing 737 (Series)
Short-to-Medium Range Passenger Airliner / Freighter Aircraft
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1998
Picture of the CAIC Z-11
CAIC Z-11
Multirole Light Utility / Attack Helicopter
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2005
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
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2017
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-20 (Black Eagle)
Chengdu (AVIC) J-20 (Black Eagle)
Multirole 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft
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1980
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7 (Fishcan)
Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7 (Fishcan)
Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
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2014
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) Wing-Loong (Pterodactyl)
Chengdu (AVIC) Wing-Loong (Pterodactyl)
Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
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2019
Picture of the Gongji-11 (GJ-11)
Gongji-11 (GJ-11)
Stealth Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
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2014
Picture of the Guizhou (AVIC) JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Guizhou (AVIC) JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Advanced Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft
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1976
Picture of the Harbin (CAIC) Z-8
Harbin (CAIC) Z-8
Maritime Multirole Navy Transport Helicopter
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1985
Picture of the Harbin Y-12
Harbin Y-12
Twin-Engine Turboprop Utility Aircraft
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2018
Picture of the Harbin Z-20
Harbin Z-20
Multi-Mission Military Helicopter
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1994
Picture of the Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Medium-Lift Transport / Gunship Helicopter
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2010
Picture of the Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Advanced Jet Trainer / Light-Attack Aircraft
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1994
Picture of the Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
Light Attack / Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft
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1975
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Strategic Transport / Tanker Aircraft
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1984
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
In-Flight Refueling Tanker Aircraft
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1981
Picture of the Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter / Gunship
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1960
Picture of the Nanchang CJ-6
Nanchang CJ-6
Basic Flight Trainer
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2009
Picture of the Shaanxi KJ-200
Shaanxi KJ-200
Airborne Early Warning and Control / Special Mission Aircraft
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2009
Picture of the Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACs)
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2010
Picture of the Shaanxi KJ-500
Shaanxi KJ-500
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)
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1981
Picture of the Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft
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2012
Picture of the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW
Shaanxi Y-8 ASW
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft
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2012
Picture of the Shaanxi Y-9
Shaanxi Y-9
Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft
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1998
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
4th Generation Multi-role / Air Superiority Fighter
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2013
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-16 (Red Eagle)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-16 (Red Eagle)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
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1980
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
Multirole / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
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1985
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Air Superiority / Ground Attack / Multirole Fighter
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1996
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
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2014
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft
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1972
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
Commercial Passenger Airliner
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1959
Picture of the Xian H-6
Xian H-6
Strategic Bomber Aircraft
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1992
Picture of the Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Fighter-Bomber / Strike Aircraft
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2016
Picture of the Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
Long-Range Strategic Airlifter Transport Aircraft
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