Test Flight of Newest Version of China’s J-16 Fighter/Bomber


Test flight of newest version of J-16 fighter/bomber Photo: lt.cjdby.net/uid:917197

Test flight of newest version of J-16 fighter/bomber Photo: lt.cjdby.net/uid:917197

Upon the disclosure of photos of the test flight of China’s newest J-16 fighter/bomber, people.com.cn interviewed military expert Wang Mingliang. According to Wang, J-16 is similar to US F-15E but has more ammunition and better fire control system.

J-16 conducted its maiden test flight on October 17, 2011. The one tested now is its newest version.

Some people regard J-16 as a clone of Russian Su-30, Wang says that J-16 is similar to Su-30 as they have both been developed on the basis of Su-27, but J-16 has better weapons and fire control system.

J-16 is a good supplement to J-20 in conducting large-scale attack when J-20 has obtained air supremacy. It has satisfactory attack and defense capabilities, which are both required for a good fighter as combat situation is always changing. An attack operation may become a defense one and vice versa.

Wang says that as J-20 is very expensive and has not been tested in real war, China needs some best third-generation fighter jets like J-16 to supplement its fourth generation fighter jets J-20 and J-31.

Source: people.com.cn “Expert: J-16 will be main-force fighter jets of air force to effectively supplement J-20” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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One Comment on “Test Flight of Newest Version of China’s J-16 Fighter/Bomber”

  1. Simon says:

    J 16 is actually comparable to Su 35, reason why China did not want to order so the Su 35 but want to study the engine by just expressing to buy 2, in the nend it biught 24 to meet halfway or the Russian demand to sell 48.

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