Accession Number : ADA328623

Title :   Modernizing China's Air Force: Its Strategy, Budget and Capabilities.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Fornes, Patricia M.

PDF Url : ADA328623

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : China, Asia's stirring dragon,' has the world's third largest air force in total number of aircraft and, in recent years, has slowly started to modernize it. This force structure modernization is a reflection of China's history, strategy, and budget limitations. Therefore, this paper examines the People's Liberation Army Air Force's (PLAAF) historical foundation, its strategy and the force structure it is building. A general comparison of the PLAAF's planned capabilities given three conflict scenarios provides evidence that the PLAAF's modernization direction is sound and is consistent with both its strategy and limited budget.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY MODERNIZATION, *CHINA, SCENARIOS, AIR FORCE, AIRCRAFT, COMPARISON, REFLECTION, LIMITATIONS, HISTORY, CONFLICT, BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE