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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 [ 41 ] Active Chinese Air Force Aircraft (2023) 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.
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1
Picture of the Aerospatiale SA321 Super Frelon
National Flag Graphic
1966
Aerospatiale SA321 Super Frelon
Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter
2
Picture of the Airbus Helicopters AS532 (Super Puma / Cougar)
National Flag Graphic
1982
Airbus Helicopters AS532 (Super Puma / Cougar)
Multi-role Medium Lift Helicopter
3
Picture of the Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
National Flag Graphic
2012
Aisheng ASN-209 (Silver Eagle)
Medium Altitude, Medium Endurance (MAME) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
4
Picture of the Antonov An-2 (Colt)
National Flag Graphic
1947
Antonov An-2 (Colt)
Single-Engine Biplane Utility Aircraft
5
Picture of the Antonov An-30 (Clank)
National Flag Graphic
1968
Antonov An-30 (Clank)
Transport / Reconnaissance Aircraft
6
Picture of the Bell Model 412
National Flag Graphic
1981
Bell Model 412
Twin-Engine Utility / Transport Helicopter
7
Picture of the Boeing 737 (Series)
National Flag Graphic
1968
Boeing 737 (Series)
Short-to-Medium Range Passenger Airliner / Freighter Aircraft
8
Picture of the CAIC Z-11
National Flag Graphic
1998
CAIC Z-11
Multirole Light Utility / Attack Helicopter
9
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
National Flag Graphic
2005
Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
10
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-20 (Black Eagle)
National Flag Graphic
2017
Chengdu (AVIC) J-20 (Black Eagle)
Multirole 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft
11
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7 (Fishcan)
National Flag Graphic
1980
Chengdu (AVIC) J-7 / F-7 (Fishcan)
Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
12
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) Wing-Loong (Pterodactyl)
National Flag Graphic
2014
Chengdu (AVIC) Wing-Loong (Pterodactyl)
Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
13
Picture of the Gongji-11 (GJ-11)
National Flag Graphic
2019
Gongji-11 (GJ-11)
Stealth Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
14
Picture of the Guizhou (AVIC) JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
National Flag Graphic
2014
Guizhou (AVIC) JL-9 Shanying (FTC-2000 Mountain Eagle)
Advanced Trainer / Light Strike Aircraft
15
Picture of the Harbin (CAIC) Z-8
National Flag Graphic
1976
Harbin (CAIC) Z-8
Maritime Multirole Navy Transport Helicopter
16
Picture of the Harbin Y-12
National Flag Graphic
1985
Harbin Y-12
Twin-Engine Turboprop Utility Aircraft
17
Picture of the Harbin Z-20
National Flag Graphic
2018
Harbin Z-20
Multi-Mission Military Helicopter
18
Picture of the Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
National Flag Graphic
1994
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Medium-Lift Transport / Gunship Helicopter
19
Picture of the Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
National Flag Graphic
2010
Hongdu JL-10 / L-15 Falcon
Advanced Jet Trainer / Light-Attack Aircraft
20
Picture of the Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
National Flag Graphic
1994
Hongdu JL-8 / K-8 Karakorum
Light Attack / Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft
21
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
National Flag Graphic
1975
Ilyushin IL-76 (Candid)
Strategic Transport / Tanker Aircraft
22
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
National Flag Graphic
1984
Ilyushin IL-78 (Midas)
In-Flight Refueling Tanker Aircraft
23
Picture of the Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
National Flag Graphic
1981
Mil Mi-17 (Hip-H)
Medium-Lift Transport Helicopter / Gunship
24
Picture of the Nanchang CJ-6
National Flag Graphic
1960
Nanchang CJ-6
Basic Flight Trainer
25
Picture of the Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
National Flag Graphic
1970
Nanchang Q-5 (Fantan)
Ground Attack / Close-Air Support (CAS) Aircraft
26
Picture of the Shaanxi KJ-200
National Flag Graphic
2009
Shaanxi KJ-200
Airborne Early Warning and Control / Special Mission Aircraft
27
Picture of the Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
National Flag Graphic
2009
Shaanxi KJ-2000 (Mainring)
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWACs)
28
Picture of the Shaanxi KJ-500
National Flag Graphic
2010
Shaanxi KJ-500
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)
29
Picture of the Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
National Flag Graphic
1981
Shaanxi Y-8 (Yunshuji-8)
Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft
30
Picture of the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW
National Flag Graphic
2012
Shaanxi Y-8 ASW
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Aircraft
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31
Picture of the Shaanxi Y-9
National Flag Graphic
2012
Shaanxi Y-9
Medium-Lift Transport Aircraft
32
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
National Flag Graphic
1998
Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
4th Generation Multi-role / Air Superiority Fighter
33
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-16 (Red Eagle)
National Flag Graphic
2013
Shenyang (AVIC) J-16 (Red Eagle)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
34
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
National Flag Graphic
1980
Shenyang (AVIC) J-8 / J-8 II (Finback)
Multirole / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
35
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
National Flag Graphic
1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Air Superiority / Ground Attack / Multirole Fighter
36
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
National Flag Graphic
1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
37
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
National Flag Graphic
2014
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft
38
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
National Flag Graphic
1972
Tupolev Tu-154 (Careless)
Commercial Passenger Airliner
39
Picture of the Xian H-6
National Flag Graphic
1959
Xian H-6
Strategic Bomber Aircraft
40
Picture of the Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
National Flag Graphic
1992
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Fighter-Bomber / Strike Aircraft
41
Picture of the Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
National Flag Graphic
2016
Xian Y-20 (Kunpeng)
Long-Range Strategic Airlifter Transport Aircraft

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