China Flanker Thread II


siegecrossbow

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I think it's because that part is metal (maybe titanium) and is designed to shield the plane from the gun blast and heat. Any paint there could be stripped away when the gun fires, so why bother? IIRC titanium is also notorious for being hard to paint.
Not to shield. It is easier to clean.
 

FishWings

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Those are Su30KM2s.
Easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at radome. J-16 does not have pitot tube protruding out the front of the radome, as is the same on all PLA fighters with AESA radar (except Su-35S, which has PESA but also has no protruding pitot tube)
 

ougoah

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Then why only the Flanker has this feature??
Because it uses a 30mm gun which is basically like an artillery unit compared to what most fighters use. It is also more recessed at the wing fuselage blend compared to something like the Mig-29 which I think uses the same/similar GSh 30mm. The Mig-29 positions the muzzle right at the edge unlike the flanker.
 

SinoSoldier

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Allegedly a J-11BD, as implied by the photographer:

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Note the grey/white radome, pitot tube, and what seems to be yellow airframe primer, although the latter might be due to photo effects.
 

Deino

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Allegedly a J-11BD, as implied by the photographer:

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Note the grey/white radome, pitot tube, and what seems to be yellow airframe primer, although the latter might be due to photo effects.

For me it looks like a regular regular modified operational single-seater, however indeed with the white/light grey radome. That yellow on the tail looks more like the PLAAF emblem.

But why a BD? I thought these were called BG?

By the way ...

 
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