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PiSigma

"the engineer"
This discussion is better suited for the UAV thread so I'll keep it brief.
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PLA watchers within China have written about this topic. Yes it seems like a good use of old J-6 and J-7, but that's because you're overlooking a very important resource: maintenance and runway time.

To keep a fleet of converted J-6 and J-7 UAV airworthy requires maintenance crew, particularly in the vast numbers often envisioned. You don't want them to be unreliable and blow up on the runway at a time when runway is really busy.

If forceful reunification actually occurs these UAV require even more ground crew time to fuel and attach iron bombs to them. And they have to line up and take off on actual military runways, taking up runway time that may be better off being used to send up actual manned aircraft that are also needed.

On the other hand, if you were to build some new dedicated kamikaze UAV you wouldn't design them like that, instead the result would look more like this IAI Harop here:
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While it still kind of looks like a plane you notice it's launched from a boxy launcher and comes in a sealed unit to minimise maintenance. It actually in many ways is more similar to a cruise missile than an aircraft. Given the above mentioned cost in manpower and runway time for converted fighter UAVs, it may actually be cheaper to just build new dedicated UAVs for this purpose.
There is another reason I mentioned before. J6 and j7 don't have fly by wire, everything is mechanical! To convert them to a UAV would cost more than the plane itself. Will need to strip everything out and put in a more expensive FbW system the plane is not designed for.

So just build UAVs is much cheaper.
 

Tam

Brigadier
Registered Member
I agree with your assessment, but with thousands available, I am sure a few can be converted into drones for target practice.

What makes you think there are thousands available? That's an outdated clique by many years. All those planes would already have been melted down for their aircraft grade aluminum into smartphone frames. Whenever you are holding your iPhone, you could be holding something that used to be part of a J-7.
 

supersnoop

Junior Member
Registered Member
What makes you think there are thousands available? That's an outdated clique by many years. All those planes would already have been melted down for their aircraft grade aluminum into smartphone frames. Whenever you are holding your iPhone, you could be holding something that used to be part of a J-7.
You have given some company their next idea for the "special edition" handset or accessory (Chinese companies love making them)
~~~NEW~~~ -5G- *120Hz OLED* J-7 Al-body FLYING DEFENDER OF THE NATION EDITION
 

by78

Lieutenant General
Anti-flash gear, new headsets, helmets on the bridge. Excellent development.

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Overbom

Junior Member
Registered Member
Why is South Seas ship going up north?
Maybe this
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"The Joint Sea 2021 Russian-Chinese naval drills are running in the Sea of Japan on October 14-17," the press office said in a statement.
The Chinese warships participating in the naval maneuvers include the destroyers Kunming and Nanchang, the corvettes Qinzhou and Luzhou and also a diesel submarine, a supply ship and a rescue vessel. A group of the Chinese warships arrived at the anchorage site in the Peter the Great Bay on October 13, the press office said.
 

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