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The Shenyang J-16 (Chinese: 歼-16) is a tandem-seat, twinjet, all-weather, multirole strike fighter[3] designed and manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, China.

Role Multirole strike fighter
National origin People's Republic of China
Manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
Introduction 2013[1]
Status In service, in production.
Primary user People's Liberation Army Air Force
Produced 2012–present
Number built 50+ 3-4 brigades reported built[2]
Developed from Shenyang J-11BS



In an effort to transform the PLAAF from a defensive-oriented air force to a offensive-defensive dual purpose one, Chinese sought to planes with multi-role capability and enlisted the JH-7 as its close air support platform. Gradually, the JH-7 fighter bomber's lack of air-to-air combat proficiency leads to the PLAAF acquiring the Su-30MKK multirole fighter. The J-16 design is inspired by the Su-30MKK variant and features improved avionics and domestic engine.

The J-16 features an AESA radar and an improved Electro-Optical Targeting System, with longer target acquisition distances and multiple target tracking capability. The J-16 has a slightly different vertical stabilizer compared to J-11 fighter or J-15 naval fighter. It is also equipped with missile pylons for Chinese PL-8 air-to-air missiles, another difference compared to earlier J-11 variants. The J-16 is able to carry a wide range of ordinance, including PL-8, PL-10 air-to-air missiles, super and subsonic anti-ship missiles, satellite guided bombs, cruise missiles and electronic countermeasure (ECM) jammers.[4]. In 2018, J-16 is seen carrying the newer PL-10E and PL-15 air-to-air missiles.


The first few photos of J-16 were published on Chinese internet websites around June 2012. According to media reports, China developed the Shenyang J-16 fighter based on the Shenyang J-11B airframe, with modifications from the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK that was sold to China in 2000.[5][6][7] In April 2014, the PLAAF took delivery of a regiment of J-16s.[4]


  • J-16: Strike variant.
  • J-16D: Electronic warfare variant. Equipped with wingtip electronic warfare pods, and no IRST or 30 mm cannon. It reportedly made its first flight in December 2015.[8]


Data from[citation needed]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21.9 m (71 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 6.36 m (20 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 62.04 m2 (667.8 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 17,700 kg (39,022 lb)
  • Gross weight: 26,000 kg (57,320 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 35,000 kg (77,162 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Shenyang WS-10B afterburning turbofans, 96 kN (22,000 lbf) thrust each dry, 145 kN (33,000 lbf) with afterburner


  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.5
  • Range: 3,000 km (1,900 mi, 1,600 nmi)
  • Combat range: 1,500 km (930 mi, 810 nmi)
  • Ferry range: 4,500 km (2,800 mi, 2,400 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 m (66,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 325 m/s (64,000 ft/min)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Warplanes: China Celebrates Another Grand Theft".
  2. ^ Yeo, Mike (2 February 2018). "Images reveal China's J-16 jets stepping up introduction into service". Defense News.
  3. ^ "Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle) Multirole Fighter / Strike Fighter". Military Factory. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  4. ^ a b "Chinese Air Force Takes Delivery of New J-16 Strike Fighters". Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  5. ^ John Pike. "J-16 (Jianjiji-16 Fighter aircraft 16) / F-16". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Source: Chinese Navy Commissioned Copy of Russian Fighter". Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  7. ^ "China's newest fighter jet J-16 revealed - it's a copy of Su-30MKK". Defence News. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
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