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PLA Air Force Expands Fourth-Generation Transition Training to Another Academy

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Late in December 2022 the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) indicated that the training of pilots transitioning from trainers to fourth-generation fighters has expanded to another of the PLA Air Force’s (PLAAF) flight academies. Consequently, two of the PLAAF’s three flight academies are now conducting transition training to two types of fourth-generation fighters. Although this does not completely relieve operational units of the burden of conducting transition training, the expansion is a part of a broader effort in the PLA to shift the burden of training to the schoolhouse, one that should ultimately improve the efficiency of training in the PLA as a whole.

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