Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Air Force - Aircraft and Units

Andreas Rupprecht

Combining magnificent illustrations and in-depth analysis, this fully revised edition is organised in three parts: the most important military aircraft and their weapons in service today; markings and serial number system; and the order of battle for the PLAAF.
Publication date:
October 2018
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
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ISBN : 9780997309263

Dimensions : 280 X 210 mm
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In 2012 the original Modern Chinese Warplanes set the standard as a uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory of modern Chinese air power, combining magnificent illustrations and in-depth analysis.

Now almost six years later, much of the fascination that Chinese military aviation holds for the analyst and enthusiast still stems from the thick veil of secrecy that surrounds it. However, in the time that has passed since the first edition a plethora of new types, systems and weapons has been revealed. What is more, the structure of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been completely revised by transforming the former Military Regions into Theatre Commands. In parallel, the general structure has been thoroughly modernised to cope with China's latest challenges.

Consequently, this fully revised edition is organised in three parts: the most important military aircraft and their weapons found in service today; aircraft markings and serial number systems; and orders of battle for the PLAAF. The study includes the latest developments emerging from behind the ‘Great Wall', including the J-20 stealth fighter programme, Y-20 strategic transport and the latest developments in UAVs that are equipping a rapidly modernising air arm.

The centrepiece consists of almost 100 fully illustrated pages detailing the organisational structure of the air force, providing an easy-to-use review of all known flying units, their equipment and their markings.

No other book has ever attempted to present this level of accuracy in this way: Modern Chinese Air Power portrays the PLAAF in a degree of detail that was previously unavailable.


For those interested in the growth of Chinese military capability, as well as the shifting balance of hard power in the Asia-Pacific, Modern Chinese Warplanes is essential reading.

This is a superb reference work on a secretive air force that's now flexing its muscles on the world stage.
Air Forces Monthly

…modellers will appreciate the clear, high quality photos […] plus explanation of markings and serials.
Airfix Model World