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China’s Shrinking Air Force

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by vikas jat, Jan 2, 2012.

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  1. vikas jat

    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The aerial arsenal of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army shrank by nearly a quarter over the past year, from around 3,400 combat aircraft to just under 2,600. The best assessment of the secretive PLA, a database managed by Flight International magazine and updated annually, showed 800 fewer jet fighters in the PLA inventory compared to a year ago.

    The reduction reflects "improved data," according to Flight's annual report, released late last month. The data allowed the report's authors to remove from the PLA's active rolls a "combined 850 obsolete Harbin H-5 and Nanchang Q-5 combat aircraft." The H-5 and Q-5 date from the mid-1960s. It's unclear exactly when the PLA retired the two models.

    The PLA isn’t alone in shedding combat aircraft. Most of the world's major air arms are slowly shrinking, owing to decreasing military budgets and the tendency of planners to favor small numbers of high-tech new aircraft over larger numbers of less-sophisticated, older models. The U.S. Air Force is replacing more than 400 F-15s with just 187 newer F-22s, for instance. China built hundreds of H-5s and more than 1,500 Q-5s, but has built just 300 or so combined of more recent warplanes such as the J-10 and J-11.

    The PLA’s warplane holdings have apparently contracted at an even faster rate than the Pentagon's, growing the gap between the two aerial powers and cementing the U.S. military's position as the dominant aerospace power. The U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Coast Guard together operate 13,000 manned aircraft. Number two Russia operates 3,600. China, in third place, possesses 2,600 warplanes. Of roughly 5,400 warplanes on firm order as of late 2011, the Americans accounted for 1,700. "This [U.S.] dominance shows no sign of being diminished for many years to come,"
     
  2. siegecrossbow

    siegecrossbow 2nd Lieutant ELITE MEMBER

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    Simply ditching the older J-6s and J-7s in favor of 4th gen fighters.
     
  3. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    They are just phasing out older ones to buy new ones.

    Simlasr to IAFs plane to dump MiG-21s and replace it by LCA Mk.IIs and MRCAs
     
  4. tilopa

    tilopa Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Yeah,thats smart because you have to dump bucks to maintain those old birds..better method is to dump the birds themselves and keep only hi-tech sophisticated one.
    Quality matters not Quantity.
     
  5. Vidyanshu

    Vidyanshu Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    This is the thing I was thinking from months. they have vast number of old birds!!!
     
  6. Anish

    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    But china is adding more new aircraft than we are.
    The only good thing in India is that we now have private military contractors that too three of them.
    China has none all state run.
     
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    Star Wars Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    These looks like the mig-19's man, That's hell of a long time for that bird....
     
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  8. siegecrossbow

    siegecrossbow 2nd Lieutant ELITE MEMBER

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    Q-5s are attack aircrafts based on MIG-19s. They changed the mode of intake (nose to side) to allow for better visibility during ground attack missions.
     
  9. d14gtc

    d14gtc Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    thats simply becuase Intake is a long exausting time consuming process whereas dumping doesnt take much....... the same thing IAF now suffering from.
     
  10. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    But that will not make any difference !! they are phasing out old one's in favour if new 4th gen fighter's which have already entered production
     
  11. Katsuhiro

    Katsuhiro FULL MEMBER

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    China will continue to make these changes and become more aggressive towards entire Asia. We offer them a peaceful hand but they intrude in our maritime space and try to intimidate our coastal monitoring forces. This will not be taken kindly. Our government is peaceful and wants to settle this without any force. But Chinese government does not want to solve with peace.
     
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