|Role||Multirole strike fighter|
|National origin||People's Republic of China|
|Manufacturer||Shenyang Aircraft Corporation|
|Status||In service, in production.|
|Primary user||People's Liberation Army Air Force|
|Number built||50+ 3-4 brigades reported built|
|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.. 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. In April 2014, the PLAAF took delivery of a regiment of J-16s.
Data from
- 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)
- 1 × 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
- Munitions on twelve external hardpoints, including:
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Sukhoi Su-34
- Sukhoi Su-35S
- F-15E Strike Eagle
- Eurofighter Typhoon
- Dassault Rafale
- Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
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