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Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Army Aviation

Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Army Aviation Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review October 2019 Title Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Army Aviation
Author Andreas Rupprecht Publisher Harpia Publishing, LLC
Published 2019 ISBN 9780997309287
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $29.95


Harpia surveys the aerial assets of China’s oldest armed services branch in the lavishly illustrated Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Army Aviation.

Author Andreas Rupprecht kick-starts contents with introductory chapters on history and markings & serials. That’s followed by two more sections on aircraft and armament.

Rotary-wing. Fixed-wing. And UAV. Subjects include imported aircraft, indigenous developments, and Chinese derivatives of foreign designs – including associated “weapons and stores”.

How about that XTW-5 wing-in-ground-effect “ekranoan”?

Coverage concludes with a survey of the 2019 PLA aviation orders of battle: units, basing, and equipment.

Dozens of color photos, markings artwork, and maps illustrate the account. And captions, tables, index, and selected bibliography complement coverage.

Harpia packs everything into one handy handbook. Rupprecht’s survey perfectly complements his earlier Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Army Aviation installments: Chinese Air Force - Aircraft and Units and Chinese Naval Aviation - Aircraft and Units – as well as the publisher’s Flashpoint China.

With thanks to Harpia Publishing for the review copy.