J-15 Carrier Multirole Fighter thread


by78

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Buddy refueling at night. These are screen captures of recycled footage.

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tphuang

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I wonder if they can get J-15/16s to be able to carry external fuel tanks. That would be one great way to add operational flexibility for the Air Force and buddy to buddy refueling for air wing. I'd imagine J-15 with EFT would be the best way to refuel J-35s for the foreseeable future.
 

Scchwerter_

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I wonder if they can get J-15/16s to be able to carry external fuel tanks. That would be one great way to add operational flexibility for the Air Force and buddy to buddy refueling for air wing. I'd imagine J-15 with EFT would be the best way to refuel J-35s for the foreseeable future.
I remember a semi-credible (seems to be either affiliated with or working within AVIC, possibly specializing in UAVs) guy mentioned on zhihu that J-16 is capable of carrying external fuel tanks on the centerline.

However I would take this with a huge pinch of salt since he is at best semi-credible, has made rather unproven claims (not necessarily wrong, but ones that people have no proof of being right) and we currently have exactly zero evidence that J-16 has ever done so.

p.s. my logic is that if J-15 is capable of carrying buddy refuling pods on the centerline, then at least one of the centerline hardpoints must be connected to the fuel system, which means it at least has the potential of being converted to a fuel-tank-capable hardpoint. We'll just need to wait and see if PLAAF and PLANAF chooses to do so.
 

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