Armed Forces Overviews
China: People's Liberation Army - Aviation

Organisation

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The PLA was established on August 1, 1927, and consisted of land forces only in its early days. In 1988 the Army Aviation Corps was established with the transfer of Air Force helicopters. With the ever increasing number of flying equipment in 2012 up to six out of the ten Aviation Regiments was converted into a Brigade. Also One Training Brigade is operational.

A Brigade nowadays consist of a mix of troop transport, ground attack and scout helicopters. Each role within the Brigade is performed by a dedicated Squadron, with up to six Squadrons within a Brigade. Army Aviation Brigades report to a Group Army.

Early 2017 major force reductions were announced that also included a reorganisation of the remaining Group Armies. Every Group Army without a Aviation Regiment or Brigade was eliminated and all others were renumbered.