China's newest fighter jet j-16 revealed online dating
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When the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) acquired its first tranche of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27SK fighters in the early 1990s, long-time observers of China’s industrial base asked two questions.
Additional J-20s are scheduled to enter service this year, according to sources that spoke to Chinese media, but no numbers were specified.
At least three new variants of the aircraft have been seen on different Chinese military-themed websites.
Russian aerospace researchers and aerodynamicists have told AIN a clear “hierarchy” exists between manufacturers Shenyang and Chengdu—both subsidiaries of the CATIC group (Hall 2a Stand D252).
“More recently, much of the more advanced work that has been done with fighter aircraft development has been carried out at Chengdu,” said a senior Russian aerospace scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The J-16 has a slightly different vertical stabilizer compared to J-11 fighter or J-15 naval fighter.Works in Progress Despite announcements about the official status conferred on these two programs, all of the available information is that both of these new fighter concepts remain “works in progress.” This means that still only small numbers of the aircraft have been produced to date.Moreover, those aircraft have configurations different enough from each other that it makes the programs appear to be more technology demonstrators than mature, “frozen” designs.designed and manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, China.This is a multi-role fighter/bomber variant based on the J-11BS with longer range and upgraded avionics, a concept similar to F-15E Strike Eagle.