China to Have Carrier-based J-11B Fighter Jets for its CarriersPosted: July 7, 2016
Chinese website mil.news.sina.com.cn posted the above photo of successful takeoff of a J-11B from a simulated ski-jump aircraft carrier deck to prove that J-11B can be successfully modified into a carrier-based fighter jet.
The website’s article on that topic says that as F-22 has already been deployed in Asia, China’s priority is to develop a air superiority stealth fighter jet to counter F-22. As a result, China lacks the resources to develop a fighter jet specially for its aircraft carriers. A carrier-based version of J-11B is the best alternative as it uses China’s homegrown WS-10 engines while J-10 uses imported Russian engines.
J-11B has a range of 1,000 km so that it can stay for 2 hours 250 km away from the carrier. It is satisfactory in takeoff weight for carrying six air-to-air missiles
Certainly, there must be modification to enable J-11B to function on an aircraft carrier, but the photo shows that China is making efforts to get the best possible carrier-based fighter jet.
Source: mil.news.sina.com.cn “Disclosure of the photo of ski-jump takeoff of J-11B fighter: Its test flight performance is as good as J-15” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on he article in Chinese)