Modern Chinese Warplanes

Chinese Air Force - Combat Aircraft and Units

Andreas Rupprecht

This fully revised edition of the original 'Modern Chinese Warplanes' sets new standards as a uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory of modern Chinese air power.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
Illustration :
full color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780997309263
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 11.02 X 8.27 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock. Available in 6-8 weeks


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 modernized to cope with China’s latest challenges.

Consequently, this fully revised edition is organized 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 program, Y-20 strategic transport and the latest developments in UAVs that are equipping a rapidly modernizing air arm.

The centerpiece consists of almost 100 fully illustrated pages detailing the organizational 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.

About The Author

Andreas has been interested in China’s culture, history, and aviation for decades and began writing in 2007. With Harpia Publishing, he produced Modern Chinese Warplanes – a comprehensive directory of the PLAAF’s structure, order of battle and current operational systems, published in 2012. This was complemented by the more strategically focused Flashpoint China in 2016 and the original research is now being completely revised in three parts covering Naval Aviation (2018), the PLAAF (2018) and the PLA Army Aviation (2019). He also works as a Chinese military aviation researcher and China news reporter for international magazines.


"... brings to life, through high-quality illustrations and in-depth analysis, the full spectrum of the PLA AA."

- Air & Space Power Journal

"All of the text is backed up with hundreds of photos...anyone wanting to know about this vast nation’s military airpower and its capabilities will find no better single source than these three volumes."

- Air Power History

"This book will be of interest to modelers, aviation historians and enthusiasts alike. Highly recommended."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"If you're interested in modern or near-future wargaming, this book is a valuable resource. The illustrations and insignia information will also aid in painting your Chinese aircraft."

- The Miniatures Page

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