Chinese NavyÕs Air Arm
historically, Chinese navy has relied on older Chengdu J-7 variants and shenyang J-8b/d Finback fighters for offshore air defence. In 2002, China purchased 24 su-30MK2, making it the first fourth-generation fighter aircraft in service. these aircraft feature both an extended range and maritime radar systems. later it started replacing its older J-8b/d with the newer J-8F variant. the J-8F featured improved armament such as the Pl-12 radar-guided air-to-air missile, upgraded avionics, and an improved engine with higher thrust. today, the Pla(n) is taking deliveries of modern domestically produced fourthgeneration fighter aircraft such as the J-10A Firebird and the J-11b Flanker. For maritime strike, it has relied on the h-6 badger bomber for decades. the Jh-7 Flounder augments the h-6 for maritime strike. China is also modernising its fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft, airborne early warning and surveillance aircraft with the y-8 and the y-9.
UAVs. China is developing and fielding a vast range of uaVs. some estimates indicate that China plans to produce upwards of 41,800 land and sea-based uaVs between 2014 and 2023. China has unveiled details of four UAVs under development—the Xianglong, Yilong, Sky Saber, and Lijian— the last three of which are designed to carry precision-strike capable weapons.