Book - Modern Chinese Warplanes Combat Aircraft and Units of the Chinese AF and Naval Av.


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By Sean Chua

This book is the most up to date coverage of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF) and the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force( PLANAF).

The book is divided into three main areas- the current aircraft in service, their weaponry and the ORBAT of both services.

First part of the book introduces a brief history of PLAAF and PLANAF, this gives readers a concise understanding of both services’ history that helps the readers to understand the services formation and organization as what they are today.

Next a large chunk of the book is devoted to the next chapter- the details of the various types of combat and combat support aircraft currently in service as of 2012. The types covers fighters J-7,J-8, J-10, J-11, J-15,J-20, SU-27/30, JH-7, A-5 and H-6 bomber. Each type is accompanied by development history, details of specifications such as design, avionics, weapon systems and performance. High definition pictures are included for each type as well. A surprising number of unseen pictures are included too.

In addition the combat support types are included in the following chapters- the transports, AWACS trainers are covered as well. The AWACS fleet is one of most obscure subject in the PLAAF.

One useful chapter what was missing in other publications was the up to date weaponry deployed, which in this book is well documentated with pictures and illustrations. This chapter covers air-to-air and air-to-surface/ship or anti-radar missiles, plus PGMs, GP-bombs. Also a small mention of the Chinese nuclear weapons as well.

As much as most modellers like myself it will be good if the scale drawings of the aircraft are included as well, this will certainly complement the excellent pictures and color profiles in the book.

Chapter 4 deals with the ever mysterious serials of PLAAF and PLANAF aircraft. This chapter once and for all lifted all the mystery and confusion. How each aircraft is assigned to its regiments, divisions and military regions are explained. There is also a table detailing all the units with assigned serials since 2005.

Finally, Chapters 5 and 6 is the most comprehensive part of the book . Down to regimental level, the and complete ORBATs of the PLAAF and the PLANAF, Military Regions, and PLAN’s Fleet by Fleet, Division by Division are presented lavishly complete with photos, artworks, maps and tables.

The manner in which it was presented was easy to understand for most readers, each military region or fleet and their bases are accompanied by maps. A short write up of each division and a table detailing the regiments, the serials, type of aircraft deployed and the bases.

In conclusion this is currently THE book to get if you are into PLAAF/PLANAF. It has comprehensive coverage and up to date data. Highly recommended. I have a number of the Harpia titles and this title is certainly worth having in your collection.
 

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Outstanding!

Where can we get it?

What's the price?

I will definitely buy one...both for my military library, and for my 1/72 scale aircraft builds. I currently have a J-10, a J-20, and a J-15 (which I will convert from a SU-33) in my PLA stash. Will soon be adding a J-11.

Haven't got to the aircraft lately because of all my 1/350 scale naval vessel builds...but I may be ready for a break!
 

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Yeah,u are right.
I see no reason why it wouldn't be allowed in china. maybe someone with some connections in chinese forums can ask around?
 

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I see no reason why it wouldn't be allowed in china. maybe someone with some connections in chinese forums can ask around?

OHHHHHH YES please ... anyone around with contacts to a retailer in China ?!!!
PLEASE contact me .... :p



Outstanding!

Where can we get it?

What's the price?
...

Hmmm ... the best is to look here and depending where You live to choose one of the retailers... sadly outside Europe the price is much higher but that's outside the scope of Harpia. :(

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Anyway, THANKs for Your interest !

Deino :)
 
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OHHHHHH YES please ... anyoine around with contacts to a retailer in China ?!!! PLEASE contact me .... :p
your best bet to get in contact with state publishing and retail stores like Xinhua, but I'm done if they will do it. Especially since they are also a publishing arm and your book is about 10x the price of legit books MSRP for China. (and 30x the price of pirated books)

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Just a maybe stupid question but does anyone know if this book will be allowed to be sold in China ??? ... and if YES, I would like to ask if there's a special book-shop or anyone else who could act as a distributor for Harpia books in China ??

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Deino
Hey Deino, Congratz on the achievement first.

I am not familiar to how ordinary publishing business do, not to mention how Chinese publishing business gose, the way I see this issue, is that publishing your book in China is not a national security issue, is not a "defending against western propaganda" issue, hell, loads of people publish books on "how Chinese system would not work" and "we need to do like the westerns did" kind of stuff, not only they are not in trouble but they get rich for it, so any kind of authority actively boycott your book WILL NOT BE the case.

But I guarantee you will be storm into loads of RED TAPE, should you try to publish your book in China the way you do as Harpia. China publishing business set their own rules. Not saying you are not going to make it, books like Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson sells in the millions in China (by the way, legal publish price is ¥68.00 unit price, about $10) - but I doubt you can overcome the "set up" to start with.

Thus I recommand Internet selling. ebay maybe a badass in English speaking world, but 淘宝 (taobao) is the bringer of light in China, its sales volume in China alone is comparable to ebay over the rest of the world. For e-selling, you can sell your original non-traslated English book to hardcore distributor (who is a distributor, and a military fan) at a negotiable price, do some internet commercials in China (you need Chinese agents to do that). The selling volume will be poor at this point of time.

IT WILL NOT BE EXPENSIVE. To start up, that's the whole point.

As long as your book is known in China (your book is NOT KNOWN in China currently, no matter how well done in English speaking world), and trust me, Chinese military fans are in the millions, they won't pass by a good military book - it is easier for you to find Chinese publishers, and it is easier for Chinese publishers to find you too.

Try this one:
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Taobao is a subsidiary of Alibaba, one of the world's biggest e-commerce corporate, aliexpress is Alibaba's "English version" of Taobao.

And try to write to all kinds of Chinese publishers (you can write in English) too.

商务出版社 China Commerce and Trade Press, one of China's oldest (older than PRC itself) and best press.
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My second "project" ... we are still discussing the cover but anyway ... I hope You like it ;)

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:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Just got a very nice mail from the Harpia team as well as from Tom Cooper:

Tom said:
It is with plenty of pride, and thus a true priviledge, to have the opportunity to post a flattening review of this book - prepared by nobody less but Norman Polmar - as published in June 2013 volume of the Naval Proceedings magazine (one of the leading magazines of the US Navy).
That really made my day !!

Deino :D

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By the way I found this report or review published in the magazine "Defence Technology Monthly" from Taiwan ... can anyone please help me with a summary or short translation on what it is (report about or review of the book) ?? :confused:

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Deino :eek:
 

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By the way I found this report or review published in the magazine "Defence Technology Monthly" from Taiwan :eek:
well, my friend, it took me a while, but I finally ordered your book:


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Should have it either Saturday or Monday the 27th. Can't wait to get it! Thanks for putting it out there!
 

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