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Modern Chinese Warplanes: Combat Aircraft and Units of the Chinese Air Force and Naval Aviation Paperback – December 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers (December 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985455403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985455408
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Rupprecht on December 21, 2012
This book is the most up to date coverage of the People's Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF) and the People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force( PLANAF).

The book is divided into three main areas- the current aircraft in service, their weaponry and the ORBAT of both services.

First part of the book introduces a brief history of PLAAF and PLANAF, this gives readers a concise understanding of both services' history that helps the readers to understand the services formation and organization as what they are today.

Next a large chunk of the book is devoted to the next chapter- the details of the various types of combat and combat support aircraft currently in service as of 2012. The types covers fighters J-7,J-8, J-10, J-11, J-15,J-20, SU-27/30, JH-7, A-5 and H-6 bomber. Each type is accompanied by development history, details of specifications such as design, avionics, weapon systems and performance. High definition pictures are included for each type as well. A surprising number of unseen pictures are included too.

In addition the combat support types are included in the following chapters- the transports, AWACS trainers are covered as well. The AWACS fleet is one of most obscure subject in the PLAAF.

One useful chapter what was missing in other publications was the up to date weaponry deployed, which in this book is well documentated with pictures and illustrations. This chapter covers air-to-air and air-to-surface/ship or anti-radar missiles, plus PGMs, GP-bombs. Also a small mention of the Chinese nuclear weapons as well.

As much as most modellers like myself it will be good if the scale drawings of the aircraft are included as well, this will certainly complement the excellent pictures and color profiles in the book.
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This book exceeded my expectations! Tons of great color photos, details about Chinese military aircraft and detailed order of battle. The book seems to have been well researched.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Smith on April 20, 2013
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If your looking for a book on the Chinese Air Force this is a good deal. I build plastic models and this should come in handy since it covers all PLAF warplanes and weapons.
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