China Flanker Thread II


kriss

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Amazing image of a J-16 ... but why on earth they are still equipping such a modern multi-role type with unguided rockets?? :oops:

(Image via @兵器知识杂志 from Weixin)

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At this point I believe rocket fire is more of a flight training than live fire training. To land a rocket salvo on target pilot needs to perfectly control his plane with full knowledge how its aerodynamic works. OTOH drop precision munition only involves level flying to a nav point. And there are tons of rocket inventory anyway.
 

Scchwerter_

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Amazing image of a J-16 ... but why on earth they are still equipping such a modern multi-role type with unguided rockets?? :oops:

(Image via @兵器知识杂志 from Weixin)

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Best guess: it's cheap to train with and to successfully perform a strafing run with unguided rockets requires good understanding of aircraft handling as well as fundementals in air-to-ground attack (attack course, ingress & egress altitude, etc)... I really can't think of much else

p.s. this may be well know here (in that case I apologize) but PLAAF and unguided rockets have become kind of a running joke in China xd
 

siegecrossbow

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Best guess: it's cheap to train with and to successfully perform a strafing run with unguided rockets requires good understanding of aircraft handling as well as fundementals in air-to-ground attack (attack course, ingress & egress altitude, etc)... I really can't think of much else

p.s. this may be well know here (in that case I apologize) but PLAAF and unguided rockets have become kind of a running joke in China xd

You forgot that it looks good on a magazine cover.
 

Deino

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Best guess: it's cheap to train with and to successfully perform a strafing run with unguided rockets requires good understanding of aircraft handling as well as fundementals in air-to-ground attack (attack course, ingress & egress altitude, etc)... I really can't think of much else

p.s. this may be well know here (in that case I apologize) but PLAAF and unguided rockets have become kind of a running joke in China xd


I know, isn't there even a joke saying that any type in PLAAF service is only declared fully operational after being cleared to fire unguided rockets?! :p ;)
 

xyqq

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Amazing image of a J-16 ... but why on earth they are still equipping such a modern multi-role type with unguided rockets?? :oops:

(Image via @兵器知识杂志 from Weixin)

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A new batch of J-16? The radome is whiter than others':

J-16-pilots.jpg

The contrast is more obvious in the following image comparing one-third of the nearest radome to the next:

J-16-prep.jpg

Not sure whether it indicates an improved AESA radar, like J-11BG:

J-11BG-Shenyang.jpg

Or is merely for a visual effect (from a distance, the J-16 looks just like a Su-30MK2 except for its vertical stabilizers):

J-16-sea.jpg
 
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