J-15 Carrier Multirole Fighter thread


Atomicfrog

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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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Do you think they will be able to use the CATOBAR variant on the STOBAR carrier or they will keep a STOBAR variant in production to replace attrition ?
 

by78

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Some pretty cool video on mid-air refuel training - linked from Henri Kenhmann‘s Twitter

Some screen captures from the video.

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Deino

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The J-15 story is getting more and more confusing!
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... and now here is J-15 no. 72!
While the renumbering from 1xx numbers to 01-24 made sense and the additional Batch 03 fighters logically became No. 30+, the No. 60 modex J-15 were or are still unusual.
My feeling tells me that we see a second squadron under construction with numbers 01-35 in the first wing and no. 60-xx in the second.

(Image courtesy of KTLJ via Huitong's CMA-Blog)

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11226p

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The J-15 story is getting more and more confusing!
1f62e.png
1f914.png
... and now here is J-15 no. 72!
While the renumbering from 1xx numbers to 01-24 made sense and the additional Batch 03 fighters logically became No. 30+, the No. 60 modex J-15 were or are still unusual.
My feeling tells me that we see a second squadron under construction with numbers 01-35 in the first wing and no. 60-xx in the second.

(Image courtesy of KTLJ via Huitong's CMA-Blog)

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Beat my by half a minute damn. I agree this just throws up more questions. I would like to know if the 6X is filled already given that we have a 7X serial. Also what is the state of the 3X serials, I assume they wouldn't just build half a dozen aircraft with lower serials of new batch and then renumber to a higher first digit so there is bound to be a serial higher than 35 (and what about 4X then, just not spotted?).
It could also be that we are just understimating numbers by quite a bit even if not all numbers from 00-72 are filled. Given that we already see large spread of spotted serial numbers I'd assume we are at ~50 J-15 now.
Anyway production rate seems to be relatively decent right now.
 

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