"Brigadization" of the PLA Air Force
China Aerospace Studies Institute Ft. McNair United States
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In 2016, Chinas Peoples Liberation Army PLA began to implement its11th large-scale reorganization, including a 300,000-man force reduction. One key component of the reorganization was the PLA Air Forces PLAAF shift away from its traditional Division-Regiment system to a Base-Brigade structure for its fighter and ground attack aircraft. This transition originally began in 2011but implementation was apparently delayed soon after it began and did not restart until 2017. While the majority of the information contained in this report has been gleaned from multiple authoritative sources, it is necessary to emphasize that there organization is still ongoing, and the PLA is less than forthcoming in specific details. As such, where necessary or appropriate, estimates and logical deductions have been made. These judgements can be identified by phrases such as, it is likely, probably, etc.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Military Aircraft Operations