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    Post  type055 on Wed May 06, 2015 2:07 am

    I guess we could see WZ-10 and Z-20 on China LHD , in ten years.


    In the long run ,cosidering the size of China's LHD maybe we could see this stuff , and STOVL fighter ,
    I heard it will be called type 075, 35,000 ton
    definitely not the first batch . but who knows how many years does it take to mature~
    I don't think China need to import Ka-52. coz China has its own WZ-10 modified in process



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    Post  max steel on Thu May 28, 2015 11:07 pm

    Divine Eagle : High-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV


    This large high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV has been under development at 601 Institute/SAC as an "anti-stealth" AEW platform.

    The UAV features a novel twin fuselage/twin vertical tailfin design with the straight main wing extending across the rear fuselage. It also has a small wing structure connecting the forward sections of twin fuselages. A SATCOM antenna is expected to be installed inside one of the head bulges.

    The UAV is thought to be powered by a turbofan engine (WS-11?) located above the main wing and between the two vertical tainfins. As an AEW platform Divine Eagle is expected to have multiple conformal radar antennas installed on the forward fuselages facing different directions.

    The VHF meter wave radar is capable of detecting stealth aircraft at a relatively long range but suffers from a lower accuracy. Therefore several Divine Eagles may typically fly in a group formation ahead while being controlled via datalink by the AWACS flying behind in a safe distance or by the ground station protected by the air defense unit.

    Together they act as an airborne multistatic radar system and are able to pick up the radar reflection signals of the same stealth aircraft from multiple directions.

    As the result the UAV can extend both the detecting range and accuracy of the AWACS against stealth aircraft.

    The design of Divine Eagle appear to share some similarity with the Russian Sukhoi S-62 concept which first appeared around 2000. It was reported that Russian assistance was sought during the initial development stage.

    A technology demonstrator was built by the spring 2015. Some specifications (estimated): height 6m, length 14m, wingspan 35m, endurance >10hr, ceiling 18km.

    If successfully entering the service, Divine Eagle would become the first airborne anti-stealth radar system in the world and could be used to counter American F-22s, F-35s and B-2s.



















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    Post  type055 on Fri May 29, 2015 7:05 am









    article http://www.popsci.com/divine-eagle-chinas-enormous-stealth-hunting-drone-takes-shape


    Ku band communications satellite is under development ~
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    Post  Book. on Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:18 am

    中国自主研发的“彩虹5”无人机完成首飞
    China’s homegrown “Rainbow 5” drone completes maiden flight

    Published on Aug 30, 2015 [08.30.2015 21:19:58]

    China's homegrown "Rainbow 5" drone has successfully completed its maiden flight in China’s northwestern Gansu Province. This latest model is the largest reconnaissance and strike drone in China and it's designed to perform surveillance, intelligence gathering, electronic warfare, border patrol, island defense and anti-terrorism missions.




    中国在V-国庆阅兵展示新型预警机
    China to showcase new early warning planes in V-Day parade

    Published on Aug 30, 2015 [08.30.2015 21:20:05]

    China’s new self-developed early warning planes will make debut at the upcoming V-Day parade in Beijing on September 3, according to a government release.




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    Russia and China will build up next advance fighter sensors against F-22 and B-2

    Post  nemrod on Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:20 pm


    These new sensors are able to detect any stealth aircraft. They are able to detect a Lockheed Martin F-22A at 110 km and a Boeing B-2 at 150 km.

    http://www.janes.com/article/53064/beijing-tech-show-highlights-advances-in-chinese-fighter-sensors


    Beijing tech show highlights advances in Chinese fighter sensors

    Richard D Fisher Jr, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    China's Jiangsu A-Star Aviation Industries Company (A-Star) used the first Beijing exhibition promoting "civil-military integration" to reveal new combat aircraft electro-optical systems, some of which may be slated for the country's fifth-generation fighters.

    A-Star's booth featured images of a Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-31 fifth-generation export fighter to highlight two electro-optical systems, although it is not clear that A-Star's systems will equip future developments of this fighter, revealed as the FC-31 at the November 2014 Zhuhai Air Show.

    A-Star's EORD-31 appears to be a conventional infrared search and tracking (IRST) system but with a faceted sensor dome; and the claimed ability to detect a F-22. (Via Top81 web page)A-Star's EORD-31 appears to be a conventional infrared search and tracking (IRST) system but with a faceted sensor dome; and the claimed ability to detect a F-22. (Via Top81 web page)

    The EOTS-89 resembles the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) of the Lockheed Martin F-35, which combines Forward Looking Infrared and Infrared Search and Track (IRST) capabilities. The similarity includes the use of two tracking mirrors and a flat-facetted optical window, with bottom fuselage placement just aft the radar radome. Such a system was so placed on the large mock-up of the FC-31 seen in November 2014.

    The AUEODS system by A-Star uses two wingtip mounted pods that combine a domed IRST with a conventional targeting pod. (Via Top81 web page)The AUEODS system by A-Star uses two wingtip mounted pods that combine a domed IRST with a conventional targeting pod. (Via Top81 web page)

    Shown placed on the front starboard side of the J-31 canopy, A-Star's EORD-31 serves as an IRST, similar to the OLS-27 series used by the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter. However, instead of a spherical dome cover, the EORD-31 is flat and facetted. Chinese press reports claimed the system may be able to detect a Lockheed Martin F-22A at 110 km and a Boeing B-2 at 150 km.

    Also on display was an image of A-Star's "AUEODS" system, which uses TX-S55 and TX-S56 pods which combine a conventional targeting pod with an over or under-mounted domed IRST. These two pods were shown on a Su-27 on the wingtip position taken by SORBITSYA electronic warfare pods.

    A promotional image from A-Star indicated that its new F-80 medium range air-to-air missile may have a ground attack capability. (Via Top81 web page)A promotional image from A-Star indicated that its new F-80 medium range air-to-air missile may have a ground attack capability. (Via Top81 web page)

    Chinese press reports claimed it can detect targets out to 200 km, or 70 km for the F-22A and 120 km for the B-2. The reports also claim it can detect a Tomahawk cruise missile out to 18 km.

    A-Star used the 2014 Zhuhai Air Show to reveal its F-80 medium-range air-to-air missile with a unique five flat facet for its infrared/imaging seeker. While its range has not yet been disclosed, A-Star used the recent Beijing exhibition to indicate it has a ground-attack capability.

    A-Star's EORD-31 IRST uses a unique faceted sensor dome. (Via Top81 web page)A-Star's EORD-31 IRST uses a unique faceted sensor dome. (Via Top81 web page)

    A-Star's range of products also includes the five-seat German Extra EA-400 turboprop powered light aircraft, obtaining co-production rights in 2013.

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    Re: PLA Air Force General News Thread:

    Post  sepheronx on Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:03 pm

    I know you are being helpful, but please, post Chinese military products and news in the Chinese section of forums.  This isnt anything to do with Russia or Russian.
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    Post  Berkut on Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:11 pm

    IRST detecting F-22 from 110km and B-2 from 150km?!?! Haha. Yeah, right. And i wont be shocked if B-2 had a smaller IR footprint. Also, what plane is "Boeing B-2"? Wink
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    Re: PLA Air Force General News Thread:

    Post  nemrod on Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:55 pm

    sepheronx wrote:I know you are being helpful, but please, post Chinese military products and news in the Chinese section of forums.  This isnt anything to do with Russia or Russian.

    If you read correctly my article, chineses only upgrade the russian version of these sensors. This is not an indigenous chinese invention. Moreover it is a cooperation between the countries, once they will be ready, these sensors will be integrated on russian fighters. Hence this article is the right place.

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    Re: PLA Air Force General News Thread:

    Post  mutantsushi on Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:54 pm

    If this project involves Russian industry, then why does the article nowhere mention even ONE Russian OEM or Institute or MoD project?
    Maybe it's strange of me, but I assume anything on topic in this thread will have some connection to one of those entities.

    The article nowhere refers to them as upgrades, in fact it calls them "new".
    I mean, I don't think anybody is surprised if these in fact ARE "re-engineered upgrades" of Russian designs,
    but that doesn't necessarily involve Russian industry, any more than every AK-74 knock-off involves Russian industry.
    Likewise there is no substantiation of "cooperation" or that these "will be integrated" on Russian fighters.

    Sure, it's great that China is upgrading their Su-27 with local kit, but doesn't belong in RUSSIAN Aviation Industry News thread,
    any more than Polish or Israeli upgrade kits for MiGs belong here. If you know some other information that provides the data points
    which show this to belong in this thread, please go ahead and share, but the article you linked to does not do that.
    I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if this company had at some point cooperated with some Russian entity to gain ToT etc,
    that was wide-spread across many Chinese industrial projects, yet we don't see discussion of WZ-10 or L-15 etc
    even though those originally had involvement of Russian design bureaus, so it would seem the standard of relevance is higher.

    Thanks.

    (Incidentally, this whole thread hasn't stayed close to on-topic for quite a while, hopefully that episode has ended)
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    Post  nemrod on Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:25 pm

    mutantsushi wrote:
    ....even though those originally had involvement of Russian design bureaus, ....
    And hence...
    I don't surprise you, and I won't learn you with something new, if I say that most of the chinese's war's hardware is in fact soviet-russian- origin. This bullshit of Janes did not say all. As Russia and China are in active exchanges, and want to shift the balance of force -and they are successfully do- between them and US. The best way to accelerate the shift of balance of power, is the cooperation in all azimuth between Russia, China, and India. It seems that as China has much money, and are in advance in many areas such as satellites, space programs, radars, electronic, computer science, etc... Russia wants to profit in these fields. Many of the best US scientists and engineers are chinese origins, China is trying to attract them with +or - of success. Some western key technologies are between chineses hands, and as Russia is a leaders in many areas regarding military aircrafts the two contries found their benefits. I insisist all technologies regarding J-10, J-11, j-15, j-16, and even j-31 -russian design, and russian engines-, J-20, are near all russian technologies transferts, including the new powerfull chinese AESA's radars, and obviously, and chiefly IRST, where Soviet Union was the leader in the world.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:28 am

    Model of the mysterious aircraft in the hands of the Chinese premier



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    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:25 am

    China Reveals Air-to-Air Missile for Its Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet

    Rumors about China’s latest PL-10 short-range air-to-air missile have been circling for the last two years. Speaking during a Chinese television interview, the missile’s chief designer revealed that the missile is nearly complete, and offered new key details.

    Designed by the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute (LEOC), images of the fifth-generation PL-10 first surfaced in 2013. Carried onboard the J-20 fighter, the missiles have also been seen on the J-11, a copy of the Russian Su-27.

    Based purely on those photos, experts were able to confirm that the PL-10 utilizes thrust vectoring. Its large fins also likely give the missile high rates of maneuverability, and it may feature a helmet-mounted display sighting system.

    Speaking on a Chinese television broadcast last month, Liang Xiaogeng was able to provide more concrete details.

    Weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, the 10-foot PL-10 features "world-class" capabilities. After being in development for the past seven years, the missile has a range of 12 miles.

    According to Liang, the missile also includes "multi-element imaging infrared seeker with anti-jamming capabilities" and off-boresight attacks.

    So far, the PL-10 has already been successfully test-fired 30 times.

    This isn’t Liang’s first rodeo. He’s also worked on LEOC’s PL-9C, an infrared/helmet-sighted air-to-air missile, and served as chief designer for the medium-range PL-12.

    Liang’s interview came only days before the September 3 military parade in Beijing highlighted the Chinese military’s latest developments. With over 500 units of military hardware and 200 aircraft, the event showed off a number of previously classified ballistic and cruise missiles.

    “Much of the weaponry on display – all of it said to be in service in the People’s Liberation Army – will be new, the product of a military modernization drive aimed at ensuring that China can never again be attacked with impunity or overrun by foreign invaders,” retired US Ambassador Chas W. Freeman told Sputnik.

    The advanced PL-10s, equipped onboard the maneuverable J-11s, could be a highly effective combination.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150917/1027161668/PL-10-Missile.html#ixzz3m2N48veD


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    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:18 am

    Thorn in Pentagon's Side: China's New J-11D Jets Boast Advanced Features

    "Are short-range American tactical fighters relevant in the Pacific theatre?" US defense expert Dave Majumdar asks, adding that F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters could be outperformed by the sheer numbers of Chinese jets.

    China's J-11 fighter jets were designed as a copy of the Soviet-made Su-27/Su-33 Flanker, however, its new J-11D is considered the most advanced land-based single-seat Chinese aircraft.

    Reportedly, the J-11D fighter jet is equipped with an active electronically scanned array (AESA), an air refueling system, and carries the fifth-generation PL-10 air-to-air missiles. Chinese media outlets claimed that it made its first flight in April 2015.

    "China's Shengyang J-11 unlicensed derivative of the Russian-developed Su-27 Flanker has become the mainstay of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). While the Chinese-built jets are not able to match US-built fighters one-for-one, China is building a lot of them," US defense expert Dave Majumdar pointed out in his article for the National Interest.

    According to the expert, the J-11D "is very comparable" in a lot of respects with the Russian Su-35S. Last year Majumdar carried out a brief review of the Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E dubbing it "an extremely dangerous foe to any US fighter."

    The expert elaborated that the J-11D is purportedly using radar absorbent materials in order to "reduce the jet's signature" and is equipped with an infrared search-and-track system (IRST) and revamped electronic warfare systems. In addition, the J-11D boasts China's most advanced WS-10 jet engine.

    Majumdar insists that the US F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters are superior to their Chinese counterparts. However, US fighter jets need bases to operate from or tankers to refuel from, and that is where the shoe pinches, the expert noted.

    "If there were to be a war in the Western Pacific, the massive air battles that many might envision, are not likely to take place because the United States and our allies have few bases in the region to host tactical fighters like the F-35," Majumdar pointed out, adding that in the event of a direct conflict China is almost certain to destroy these airbases.

    "Further, without intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, those jets couldn't be properly supported — and it becomes even more difficult when the Chinese attack the space assets and data networks that hold America's fighting forces together," the expert added.

    Majumdar underscored that instead of mocking the F-35's chances of surviving in a dogfight, experts should answer the question: "Are short-range tactical fighters relevant in the Pacific theatre?"

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150918/1027206197.html#ixzz3m8RGSEmr


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    Post  sepheronx on Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:07 am


    The daily beast...........

    It has no one spooked. Just another missile similar to so many others.
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    Post  max steel on Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:14 am

    sepheronx wrote:

    The daily beast...........

    It has no one spooked.  Just another missile similar to so many others.

    Just like AIM-120 but Chinese can add more pl-15 in their pylon compared to usa f-22 with only four . So China believes in BVR battles or Dogfight like Ruaf ?
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    Post  sepheronx on Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:15 am

    max steel wrote:
    sepheronx wrote:

    The daily beast...........

    It has no one spooked.  Just another missile similar to so many others.

    Just like AIM-120 but Chinese can add more pl-15 in their pylon compared to usa f-22 with only four . So China believes in BVR battles or Dogfight like Ruaf ?

    Dunno. But judging by their stealth looking aircrafts, I think they are more geared towards BVR like US is compared to Russia.
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    Post  Militarov on Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:30 pm

    "China unveils details on H-6K bomber long-range precision strike capabilities

    The People’s Liberation Army Air Force has revealed its long-range precision strike capabilities. Beijing’s H-6K bomber can strike distant targets with precise ammunition, according to Chinese media. “The fact that our H-6K bombers have performed several long-distance drills far into the Pacific Ocean indicates that the H-6K fleet has become capable of conducting various operations such as long-range precision strikes,” Fu Qianshao, a PLAAF aviation equipment expert, told the newspaper China Daily. The maximum range of the H-6K bomber is 1,900 miles without refueling; however, it can be extended to 3,100 miles with two mid-air refuels.

    The bomber can carry a payload of up to 12 tons. There are currently around 36 H-6K strategic bombers in service with the PLAAF. “In the past, our bombers could only deliver airdropped bombs and so were unable to conduct precision attacks, but the H-6K, with the adoption of some of our most advanced aeronautic technologies, is able to carry and launch air-to-surface cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles, which means it can take out multiple targets on the ground or at sea within one mission,” The Diplomat cited Fu as saying.



    Emerging in prototype form in 2007, the H-6K is the most radically modified variant of the H-6 bomber, replacing its glass nose with a large solid nose housing a large radar and new electro-optical targeting pod. Its use of two Russian-made 12-ton thrust D-30-KP2 turbofans and lighter-weight composites have reportedly extended its range by 30% to a combat radius of 3,500 km. The H-6K, although lacking stealth capacity, can carry up to seven YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missiles or CJ-20 subsonic land-attack cruise missiles, with an estimated range of 250 and 1,500 miles respectively. Furthermore, during recent military exercises the H-6K overcame “enemy defenses” and “the enemy’s electromagnetic blockage.” According to some military analysts, the only weakness of the bomber is its targeting system as well as the PLAAF’s overall targeting procurement network."



    Source: http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-news-2015/october/2037-china-unveils-details-on-h-6k-bomber-long-range-precision-strike-capabilities.html
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    Post  Militarov on Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:29 pm

    "China began testing on a new type of helium stratospheric airship. The Yuanmeng aircraft can reach a height of 100 kilometers and conduct reconnaissance without being seen by other aircraft or rockets. China has reportedly tested a high-altitude airship (HAA) to an altitude of 20 km, local medias said. The airship is filled with 18 thousand cubic meters of helium and can spend 48 hours in the air. There are solar panels in the top level — and at certain altitudes they can generate electricity for the motors. Solar energy is ideal for high-altitude drones and balloons, as they significantly reduce the need for fuel. Reports noted it carried "broadband communications, data relay, high-definition observation, space situational awareness, and airborne imaging systems".

    The Chinese authorities have not stated how the airship will be used but People's Daily Online experts are suggesting that it will be used to hunt for enemy aircraft carriers. “Yuanmeng may become the pinnacle of the military food chain, soaring high above the South China Sea in search of aircraft. Together with the information collected by satellites, aircraft, submarines and drones, Yuanmeng will allow the People's Liberation Army of China to get a full picture of maritime hostilities,” the publication noted.



    The ship will operate at altitudes inaccessible to the majority of air defense systems. “The main problem in creating a space near the airship was the sharp temperature drop from day and night,” the head of the developers of Yuanmeng, Yu Quan, told People’s Daily Online. The Yuanmeng airship is reportedly a product of the Beijing Aerospace Technology Company and the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics (BUAA). At a civil-military technology exhibition in Beijing in early July, both companies displayed their ambition to produce large HAAs for persistent near-space operations similar to US concepts from the early 2000s."




    Source: http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-news-2015/october/2064-china-starts-testing-the-yuanmeng-a-new-type-of-helium-stratospheric-reconnaissance-airship.html
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    Rare photo of SU30MKK being air refueled by IL78.
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    Post  Militarov on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:06 pm

    "China claimed a breakthrough in its airborne early warning technology by having indigenous hardware and software components of the KJ-500’s radar. This implies that the KJ-200 and KJ-2000 had to reply on foreign computer chips for them to function."



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    Post  zg18 on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:55 pm

    China has reformed it`s military districts into four commands

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    Post  Militarov on Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:20 pm

    "An unusually large People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) formation of eight bombers supported by three surveillance and electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft exercised over the East China Sea on 27 November before flying a long distance inside the Second Island Chain. A PLAAF spokesman was quoted in state media as having described the exercise as affirming China's East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), declared in December 2013. Details released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense show that eight Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K bombers exercised in two groups of four aircraft each (two company-level squadrons subordinate to a regiment).

    Photos of the bombers taken by intercepting Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighters indicate that one group of H-6Ks was from the 28th Regiment of the PLAAF's 10th Division, based in Anqing, about 450 km east of Shanghai. One group of H-6K bombers appeared to stay within China's new East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), declared in December 2013. Until the two bomber groups separated west of Okinawa, the formation was supported by a single PLAAF KJ-200 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. A second group of four H-6K bombers then continued through the Ryukyu Island Chain and over the Miyako Strait near Miyakojima Island. A PLAAF spokesman was quoted in Chinese state media saying the bombers then flew 1,000 km into the Second Island Chain.



    This group of H-6Ks was supported by two PLAAF ELINT aircraft: a modified Tupolev Tu-154MD and a Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation Y-8CB. The latter may also have had jamming capabilities on board. Entering service in 2011, the H-6K is powered by two Russian Soloviev D-30-KP2 turbofans and has an estimated combat radius greater than 3,500 km. It can carry six wing-mounted cruise missiles such as the 2,000 km-range DF-10 land attack cruise missile and possibly the 250-400 km-range, Mach 4 speed, ramjet-powered YJ-12 anti-ship missile."


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    Post  max steel on Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:49 pm

    J-16 EW variant makes its first flight


    A possible new electronic warfare (EW) variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-16 twin-seat strike fighter made its first flight on 18 December, according to Chinese sources, potentially adding a significant offensive capability to the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

    Images of the new variant have emerged on several Chinese military web pages, including a 21 December 2015 video report on the popular Ifeng web page. The most salient modifications are two new wingtip pods similar to the Northrop Grumman AN/ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming Receiver, leading to comparisons with the E/A-18G Growler electronic attack variant of Boeing's Super Hornet.

    This possible J-16 EW prototype appears to lack the usual fuselage-mounted gun and the infrared search and tracking system (IRST) also appears to be missing, but the J-16, which resembles the Russian Sukhoi Su-30, would have up to 10 wing and fuselage hardpoints for ordnance and active jamming pods.

    The PLA is known to have developed three tactical electronic warfare pods. The first, similar in size to the EDO Corporation AN/ALQ-99, may come in receiver and transmitter versions and was first seen on Xian Aircraft Corporation JH-7 strike fighters in 2007. A smaller KG600 pod also equips JH-7s, while the KG300 appears to be an export variant.

    An EW version of the J-16 equipped similarly to the E/A-18G would give PLAAF strike packages a far greater chance of reaching their targets and avoiding increasingly capable air defences.

    Development of a J-16 EW variant could also lead to a similar carrier warfare version of the twin-seat J-15S.

    Chinese commentators note that, just as the Growler enables US air forces, an active jamming version of the J-16 would allow the PLAAF to decrease its dependence on large and vulnerable electronic support aircraft based on the Shaanxi Y-8 airframe.

    While in early 2014 an Asian government source estimated that 100 J-16s would be in PLA service by 2020, the emergence of an EW version could increase that number



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