J-15 Carrier Multirole Fighter thread


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Well, if you look closely at the front landing gear axis, it is slightly forward from the wheelbase. It is more likely a ground variant (J-16D ?).

In the meantime I had a similar idea since the tails look much taller than for a J-15, and indeed more like from a J-16 ... however since we don't see the wing-top pods or pylons it could also simply be a regular J-16?!

But this image is of a J-16.

Yes, to show the detail.


Three magazine scans of J-15s operating on carrier Shandong.





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If true indeed another major news: This latest image from SAC suggested that the J-15T - eventually officially as the J-15B (?) CATOBAR variant - is in production at SAC. Quite interesting it seems to feature new handles (for a CAT-launch similar to thise on the F-14) and a new HUD.

(Image via @柳絮纷飞竟不是雪 from Weibo)

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I've read that the initial batch will use AESA but retain AL-31 engines, making this the last Chinese fighter to enter service with imported interim engines.