Republic of China Air Force
Active 1955 -
Country Republic of China
Branch Air Force
Size 63,000 active personnel
500 aircraft
Anniversaries 1920 (Foundation of Aviation Ministry)
April 1949 (Relocation to Taiwan)
Commander-in-Chief President Chiang Dao-lee
Commander General Li Tien-yu
Roundel 90px-Republic_of_China_National_Emblem.svg.png

The Republic of China Air Force (ROC Air Force, or simply ROCAF) is the aviation branch of the military of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is often viewed as one of the most professional and capable branches of the Republic of China's armed forces. The ROCAF's primary mission is the defense of the airspace over and around Taiwan against an attack by the People's Republic of China. Current priorities of the ROCAF include the development of long range reconnaissance and surveillance networks, integrating C4ISTAR systems to increase battle effectiveness, procuring counterstrike weapons, next generation fighters, and hardening airfields and other facilities to survive a surprise attack.

In May 2005, the Ministry of National Defense indicated its intention to transfer command of all national defensive missile systems to the ROCAF, while future offensive missiles would be placed under a newly-formed missile command.

Crest of the ROC Air Force


  • Air Force General Headquarters
    • Internal AFGH Units
      • Personnel, Combat Readiness & Training, Logistics, Planning, Communications, Electronics & Information, General Affairs, Comptroller, Inspector General, Political Warfare.
    • Air Force Combatant Command
      • Weather Wing
      • Communications, Air Traffic Control & Information Wing
      • Air Tactical Control Wing
    • Air Defense Artillery & Garrison Command
    • Education, Training & Doctrine Command
    • Missile Command
    • Logistics Command
    • Combat Wings
    • Air Force Base Command
    • Air Force Academy


The National Emblem of the Republic of China is used as the roundel for ROC military aircraft


Equipment is sourced from Russia, the US, and domestic production. Recently, AIDC entered into a license production agreement with Sukhoi of Russia to produce variants of the Flanker. These variants feature Franco-American avionics packages, and are compatible with French, US, and ROC-made weapons.

Tactical AircraftEdit

  • 3 Squadrons of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle
  • 5 Squadrons of Boeing F-15C Eagle
  • 7 Squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Fighting Falcon
  • 3 Squadrons of Dassault Mirage 2000-5
  • 6 Squadrons of AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo
  • 5 Squadrons of AIDC F-5E Tiger II
  • 3 Squadrons of AIDC AT-3B Tzu Chung

Surveillence/Control AircraftEdit

  • 1 Squadron of Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeyes (6 aircraft)
  • 1 C-130HE Tien Kan ELINT aircraft
  • 8 Northrop/AIDC RF-5E Tigereyes

Transport AircraftEdit

  • 7 Squadrons of Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules
  • 6 Squadrons of Fairchild C-119K Flying Boxcar
  • 1 Squadron of Beechcraft 1900C Airliner
  • 3 Fokker F50
  • 1 Boeing 737
  • 3 Sikorsky S-76 (one called Kai Tak Dragon V)

Search and Rescue AircraftEdit

  • 1 Squadron of Sikorsky S-70C Bluehawk

Training AircraftEdit

  • 41 Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
  • 60 AIDC AT-3 Tzu Chung

Offensive MissilesEdit

N.B. Numbers of offensive missiles are not disclosed by the ROC government, though all are reported to have conventional, or submunition warheads.

  • Pershing II
  • Typhoon (Tai Feng I, a 3000km range IRBM)

National Defence MissilesEdit

These missiles are surface to air missiles which are intended for the national defence of the Republic of China as opposed to the air defence of an Army formation in the field. Shorter-range surface to air missiles that defend Army units are under Army control.

  • 6 Battalions of Sky Bow I (Tien Kung I)
  • 6 Battalions of Sky Bow II (Tien Kung II)
  • 1 Battalion of Sky Bow III (Tien Kung III)
  • 3 Battalions of MIM-104 Patriot

Airfield DefencesEdit

  • Skyguard System
    • Skyguard Radar
    • Oerlikon GDF-003 35mm Gun
    • Skyguard Sparrow

Aerial WeaponsEdit


  • Browning M3 12.7mm machine guns
  • Pontiac M39A2 20mm cannon
  • GE M61A1 20mm cannon
  • GIAT 30-550 F4 30mm cannon
  • Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-1 30mm cannon


  • Mk 81 250lb General Purpose Bomb
  • Mk 82 500lb General Purpose Bomb
  • M117A2 750lb General Purpose Bomb
  • Mk 83 1000lb General Purpose Bomb
  • Mk 84 2000lb General Purpose Bomb
  • GBU-29 250lb JDAM
  • GBU-32 1000lb JDAM
  • GBU-31 2000lb JDAM
  • GBU-38 500lb JDAM
  • GBU-12 500lb Paveway
  • GBU-16 1000lb Paveway
  • GBU-24 2000lb Paveway
  • Mk 36 500lb Destructor Mine
  • Mk 40 1000lb Destructor Mine
  • Mk 41 2000lb Destructor Mine
  • Mk 60 CAPTOR
  • Mk 62 500lb Quickstrike Mine
  • Mk 64 1000lb Quickstrike Mine
  • Mk 65 2000lb Quickstrike Mine
  • Mk 20 ROCKEYE

Unguided RocketsEdit

  • Mk 4/Mk 40 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket
    • LAU-3
    • LAU-60

Air to Air MissilesEdit

  • AIM-9J Sidewinder
  • AIM-9P Sidewinder
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder
  • Tien Chien I (Sky Sword I)
  • R550 Magic
  • AIM-7M Sparrow
  • Tien Chien II (Sky Sword II)
  • Mica RF
  • AIM-120 AMRAAM

Air to Ground MissilesEdit

  • AGM-65 Maverick
  • AGM-84 Harpoon
  • AGM-88 HARM
  • Hsiung Feng II
  • Hsiung Feng IIE
  • P-270 Moskit (SS-N-22 Sunburn)
  • Hsiung Feng III

Rank InsigniaEdit

General OfficersEdit

Junior/Senior OfficersEdit

Enlisted MenEdit