Do these brigades operate aircrafts other than the J-20? How many planes does a PLAAF fighter brigade have? 18 to 24?It confirms that there are now four confirmed J-20 brigades - two brigades for testing+training (they were the first units to receive the J-20), one front line brigade in Eastern Theater Command which we've known about for a while now, and now this story confirms what that the PLA watching community has been speculating for a while now that another front line brigade in Northern Theater Command has received the J-20A.
Each brigade has 3 flight groups (大队), each flight group has 2 flight squadrons (中队), and each fighter squadron operates 4 aircraft. Each flight squadron typically typically carries a spare airframe for backup, so doing the math a brigade should have 24-30 aircraft. In essence a brigade is similar in size to a USAF fighter squadron.Do these brigades operate aircrafts other than the J-20? How many planes does a PLAAF fighter brigade have? 18 to 24?
Assuming the 4 brigades only operate J-20's and have 18 to 24 planes each, then there are 72 to 96 J-20's in PLAAF service now.