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The JH7A will not sell well on the export market because it's too pure of a striker.
In terms of range, payload and weapons mix, the JH7A is as effective a striker as far more expansive aircraft like the F15E or Su34. Sure, overall it's not as good as the Strike Eagle or Platypus, but then one could easily argue about how much the superior dogfighting capabilities the later two bring add to their effectiveness as strike aircraft, as ideally, your bomb trucks should not get within visual range of enemy fighters.
The JH7A might not be the newest, flashiest or sexist striker out there, but they do their job very well and there is no need to replace them for several decades yet.
What the JH7A brings is massive strike capabilities, but that is usually too much striking power for small air forces, who generally could not afford many airframes and as such could not afford to keep a dedicated strike regiment. For them, a primary air superiority fighter with limited secondary strike capabilities would do just fine.
Sure countries like Argentina, Pakistan and Iran would benefit massively from having a few regiments of JH7As, but can they afford to buy and operate them? These air forces have limited budgets, and plenty of other assets far higher up on their priority list for what funds they do have.
Bigger air forces with the kinds of budget to afford a dedicated striker like the JH7A generally have very advanced domestic aerospace industries that can make an equivalent themselves.
As for stationing JH7s on Woody Island, well why bother? One of the JH7A's primary design requirements was that it has range to conduct operations over the disputed SCS islands when operating from Hainan island. This thing has so much range the PLAAF didn't even bother to put an IRF probe on it.
If need be, JH7As could conduct strike operations on any SCS disputed islands from Hainan, so why place them on Woody Island and heighten tensions and actually put them in harm's way?
The PLAN's surface fleet would dominate the SCS against anyone other than the USN, with or without air cover. The PLANAF's Su30MK2s is fighter enough to handle anything the regional powers could put in the air, and the JH7As and even H6 cruise missile carriers could strike any target in the SCS with effective impunity.
If the PLA did not see the need to station JH7s (or any fighters) on Woody Island in the past or present, there is even less need to do so in the future with the Varyag and indigenous Chinese carriers due to come online within the decade.
Truth be told, stationing fighters on Woody, or any island down there would be more trouble than they are worth. The islands are too small to disperse and hide aircraft, and too close to potential attackers to allow you enough warning to be sure you could get most of your birds in the air in the event of a surprise attack without having to spend a fortune keeping planes and crews on alert 5 status or something alone those lines.
If you put aircraft on the islands, you will also be obliged to put a lot of high end air defense on them, and then more troops/marines to protect all this hardware and pretty soon those islands will look like armed camps that cost you a small fortune to keep supplied. With so much men and equipment stationed on small islands, you make it that much easier for an enemy to just blockade and starve you out.
The only effective offensive aircraft I could see being useful to be stationed on any SCS island would be attack helos, either dedicated attack helos like the WZ10, or transport helos with secondary attack capabilities like the WZ9 or Mi17s. These birds can take off or land pretty much anywhere that is flat, and would be far more useful at repelling enemy amphibious assaults than fast jets. That is the only role the island garrison force should be tasked with.
The only time you need to station fixed wing aircraft on those islands is if you were looking to use them as springboards to launch amphibious assaults of your own on the home islands of the Philippines or Indonesia etc as happened during WWII. That is another reason for not stationing aircraft there - it sends entirely the wrong message.
That's Why J-8II Is Still Around!
Last edited by A.Man; 04-15-2012 at 09:42 PM.
J-8II is PRC first domestic multi- role fighter... It has the payload plus the range. But can you comfirmed that's a real footage. I think it looks abit like CG? Or anybody know where can I get the video?
Unless you fought a worthy adversary, 'combat proven' is just another marketing gimmick and is way over-rated. Does anyone seriously think the likes of the F15 or F16 would enjoy anywhere close to their 'combat proven' kill ratios if they went up against Soviet/Russian Mig29s and Su27s?
So what did the wars these western planes have flown in tell us about their true capabilities?
Besides, the JH7s have taken part in joint Chinese-Russian anti-terror exercises. But I do not see how that makes it a more or less valid exercise than what the JH7 crews practice by themselves.
Hell, international events like Red Flag is probably less intensive in terms of training difficulty than what the participants do by themselves at home because of the strict RoEs imposed at such events by both the organisers and participants themselves, as no-one wants to risk an incident at such events, and everyone hold back a little as they do not want others to get a true gauge of how good their men and machines are or learn too much about their tactics.
would it be inappropriate to ask why plawolf is showing up as being banned?
realized was reply to a oollllddd thread. delete.
Last edited by i.e.; 04-27-2012 at 10:35 AM.
PLAN JH-7A low-altitude patrolling:
Last edited by escobar; 05-06-2012 at 02:13 PM.
two side by side seats to facilitate night attacks.
also I think chinese did get a downed FB-111's cockpit in vietnam to take a look at.
but PLAAF version didn't go.
PLAN's missile striker did get a green light. which is the tandem seat version you see today.
also interesting enough, the Spey mk202 engine whcih is on JH-7, was actually a good standin for TF-30. and is in similar class.