NRao wrote:This article
seems to have some numbers for PLAAF that may be of interest.
Most of these aircraft are deployed in the East. The number of PLAAF aircraft in the Western military region were mentioned in an earlier post
of mine . There are a max of 96 modern aircraft ( J11/J10/ SU 27) can be deployed against us, with 24 in reserve. This is not formidable - even considering the depleted strength of the IAF.
However, the threat from these aircraft to us, is further diminished by the distance from the border they have to operate from
(or the severe payload penalty here taking off from high altitude airstrips as Shiv's video highlights). Add to that, the need for the PLAAF to
maintain a CAP at different points along the border to prevent the IAF attacking the ring road highway and the roads leading to the border.
The Chinese roads and forward airfields are particularly vulnerable as attacking aircraft will be masked by the mountains, giving the defenders little warning of their approach and even near misses on the narrow roads can cause landslides, which road clearing parties, operating at very high altitudes, will find difficult to fix.