Shaking the Heavens and Splitting the Earth: Chinese Air Force Employment Concepts in the 21st Century
Less than a decade ago, China's air force was an antiquated service equipped almost exclusively with weapons based on 1950s-era Soviet designs and operated by personnel with questionable training according to outdated employment concepts. Today, the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) appears to be on its way to becoming a modern, highly capable air force for the 21st century. This monograph analyzes publications of the Chinese military, previously published Western analyses of China's air force, and information available in published sources about current and future capabilities of the PLAAF. It describes the concepts for employing forces that the PLAAF is likely to implement in the future, analyzes how those concepts might be realized in a conflict over Taiwan, assesses the implications of China implementing these concepts, and provides recommendations about actions that should be taken in response.
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CHAPTER ONE Introduction
CHAPTER TWO The Organization of Chinas Air and Missile Forces
CHAPTER THREE The Evolution of Chinese Air Force Doctrine
CHAPTER FOUR Chinese Concepts for the Employment of Air Forces
CHAPTER FIVE Air Offensive Campaigns
CHAPTER SIX Air Defense Campaigns
CHAPTER SEVEN Air Blockade Campaigns
CHAPTER EIGHT Airborne Campaigns
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