China’s shrinking Air ForceJanuary 10, 2012
New analysis estimates the size of China’s Air Force to be 25% lower than previously thought. The adjustment comes from eliminating hundreds of obsolete jets from the rolls. China has over 2600 warplanes compared to a combined total of 13,000 from the various US services. Of course, the US also has a much wider area of responsibility to cover. I will try later this week to come up with an order of battle that would compare China’s air power to the local capabilities of West Pacific US forces and probable allies in the case of a conflict between the two nations.