David Axe in the Diplomat reported on China’s shrinking air force after examining data put out by Flight International showing 800 fewer jet fighters in the PLA inventory compared to a year ago. China’s air force shows a reduction from around 3,400 combat aircraft to just under 2,600. According to the Flight Global report, the reduction reflects improved data which saw 850 obsolete Harbin H-5 and Nanchang Q-5 combat aircraft taken out of inventory.
The H-5 and Q-5 date from the mid-1960s. It’s unclear exactly when the PLA retired the two models.
A link to Flight Global’s report can be found at: