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This monograph analyzes released chinese language and Western resources approximately present and destiny services and employment strategies of the People's Liberation military Air strength (PLAAF). It describes how these features and ideas will be learned in a clash over Taiwan, assesses the consequences of China enforcing them, and offers techniques approximately activities that are supposed to be taken in reaction.

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43 Office of Naval Intelligence, 2007, p. 45. 44 Office of Naval Intelligence, 2007, p. 46. 4 PLAN Aviation Force Organization PLA Navy headquarters North Sea fleet East Sea fleet South Sea fleet 1 fighter division 2 fighter divisions 2 fighter divisions 1 fighter/bomber division Radar brigade Radar brigade 1 bomber division Radar brigade AAA regiment SOURCE: Office of Naval Intelligence, 2007, p. 47. 4 models, it is unclear whether all of the aircraft listed in The Military Balance are still in the inventory.

1 2 Shaking the Heavens and Splitting the Earth The picture today is quite different. As of 2010, the PLAAF has retired many of its older aircraft and is operating more than 300 modern fighter aircraft, with more in production. S. F-16. Many PLAAF fighters now carry beyond–visual range air-to-air missiles and PGMs, and the PLAAF possesses a firstgeneration air-launched cruise missile (ALCM), carried on the H-6 medium bomber. Chinese pilots now average well over 100 hours of flight time per year, and the pilots of the most-advanced fighters are believed to receive close to 200 hours per year.

349. 46 PLA Army Air Defenses PLA Army air defense elements are found in maneuver group armies, divisions, and regiments, as well as in separate coastal defense regiments and reserve air defense divisions. Within each of the 18 group armies, there is typically an AAA brigade or a composite SAM/AAA brigade, and some have more than one. In all, these group armies control 12 AAA brigades and nine composite SAM/AAA brigades. Each maneuver division also typically has an AAA regiment, and each brigade an AAA battalion.

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