Chinese AAM


ZeEa5KPul

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Post from Weibo claims that PL-20 can be guided by J-20's radar in LRIP mode following launch by another aircraft.
I think you meant LPI (low probability of interception).
Please do acknowledge that this is never a reliable source.
Perhaps, but nothing in that post was unreasonable. Scouting and guiding ordinance behind enemy lines is a natural role for a stealth fighter like the J-20.
 

Totoro

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Credibility of the claim notwithstanding, J-20 would be the very best possible platform for actually doing the tracking and sending course correction data to the missile in flight. From availability stand point, pure radar/tracking performance standpoint and survivability standpoint.
 

Deino

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A slightly different images of the same missile was posted, showing the missile itself pixelated but other details a bit cleaer:

PL-17 new on JH-7A full +.jpg
 

Totoro

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I am trying to figure out what could be the purpose of pixelating most of the missile but leaving the tail. Is the tail different than on the previous missiles? Doesn't look like it. Is the rest of the missile different? Can't be sure.
 

AbuUmar

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New Chinese BVRAAM spotted on PLAAF JH-7A fighter bomber

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Andreas Rupprecht, Mainz - Jane's Defence Weekly
17 April 2020

The same beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that was first spotted on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-16 fighter aircraft in November 2016 has now also been photographed being carried by a JH-7A fighter-bomber.

The latest image of the missile, which is only the second photograph to have emerged so far, was posted on Chinese online forums in mid-April. It is unclear when and where the image was taken but it shows that the missile, the official designation of which has yet to be made public, is significantly larger than any other AAM operated by the PLAAF, including the new PL-15 BVRAAM.

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Could this be the PL-21 that is supposed to be similar to the European MBDA Meteor BVRAAM?
Where are the images that are referred to in the article? Would appreciate if someone could link them.
 

Deino

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New Chinese BVRAAM spotted on PLAAF JH-7A fighter bomber

Gabriel Dominguez, London and Andreas Rupprecht, Mainz - Jane's Defence Weekly
17 April 2020

The same beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that was first spotted on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-16 fighter aircraft in November 2016 has now also been photographed being carried by a JH-7A fighter-bomber.

The latest image of the missile, which is only the second photograph to have emerged so far, was posted on Chinese online forums in mid-April. It is unclear when and where the image was taken but it shows that the missile, the official designation of which has yet to be made public, is significantly larger than any other AAM operated by the PLAAF, including the new PL-15 BVRAAM.

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Could this be the PL-21 that is supposed to be similar to the European MBDA Meteor BVRAAM?
Where are the images that are referred to in the article? Would appreciate if someone could link them.

Nope, just the same AAM, we were discussing the whole last week
 

siegecrossbow

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A TY-90 missile hitting a target during practice. TY-90 is designed to be carried by helicopters.

I think drones should be able to carry this too. Maybe the first drone shot down by another drone would be the victim of a TY-90 variant.
 

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