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On August 8, Chinese media appear that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force had apparent a new alternative of its JH-7A amphibian bang jet at the Russian Aviadarts aerodynamics competition. The new model, alleged the JH-7AII, was not visibly altered from the abject model, but is believed to acquire bigger alarm and cockpit avionics.
The JH-7 “Flying Leopard”—codenamed “Flounder” by NATO—is an old-school architecture conceived afore the appearance of stealth technology. The adviser architect Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation began alive on a two-seat supersonic H-7 adviser in the aboriginal 1970s aggressive by the fast and able American F-111 Aardvark.
Over time, the abstraction was reworked into a fast-anti-ship fighter bomber, (resulting in the “JH” designation), with a pilot and weapons systems administrator built-in in a bike arrangement. The consistent jet—the aboriginal in China advised application computer software— somewhat resembled an continued adaptation of European Tornado and Jaguar advance jets.
During a decade-long appearance of Chinese aegis cooperation with the West, Xi’an accountant and alien British Rolls-Royce Spey 202 turbofan engines, additionally acclimated on British F-4 Phantom fighters. Two Speys helped actuate the ample jet to supersonic speeds, admitting they still accepted underpowered for the sixteen-ton fighter bomber.
Having advised British argosy losses in the Falkland War acquired by anti-ship missiles accursed by Super Etendard advance jets, the PLA Argosy Airforce absitively to accept the adviser into a committed amphibian bang belvedere lugging ample anti-ship missiles affiliated to Type 243 alarm able of audition ample argosy over one hundred afar ahead.
The Flying Leopards fabricated its aboriginal flight in 1988, and a baby cardinal of pre-production aircraft entered account with the PLA in the aboriginal 1990s. However, It wasn’t until 2004, however, that an bigger JH-7A all-encompassing assembly archetypal access account and China had baffled license-production of the WS-9. The new JH-7A boasted added hardpoints, lighter blended structure, a JL-10A Condor pulse-doppler multimode radars, and avant-garde avionics including two LCD cockpit displays. The alarm reportedly is acclimated to accord the JH-7A low-altitude terrain-following adequacy agnate to that on the F-111.
Out of 270 JH-7s built, about 215 to 240 JH-7As abide in account today breach analogously amid the PLA Argosy Air Force and PLA Air Force. The jets accept frequently deployed abroad for collective contest with Russia.
Twelve JH-7s accept been absent in accidents back 1991, including one that infamously comatose into a brawl of blaze at a Shanghai airshow in 2011 and two in 2019: On March 12, a JH-7A accomplished a blow during a low-altitude training flight over Hainan island. Reportedly, Lt. Col. Ren Yangtao delayed ejecting to abstain abolition into a densely busy residential area, and he and a back-seater asleep back their alike hit a baptize tower. A additional JH-7A comatose on May 18 in Shandong province, but this time both aggregation associates cautiously ejected.
The Flying Leopard Today
The Flying Leopards accept a action ambit alignment from 800-mile action ambit on centralized ammunition to 1,100 afar with alien tanks. For armament, it has an centralized twin-barrel GsH-23 cannon and can arise over seven bags of bombs, missiles and rocket pods. It can additionally arise an under-fuselage laser targeting pod to absolute laser guided bombs agitated underwing.
The JH-7 can additionally avert itself from adversary fighters to a bound amount with short-range PL-5 and PL-8 heat-seeking air-to-air missiles (based on the U.S. Sidewinder and Israeli Python III respectively) agitated on its wingtips, which can be interfaced with a helmet-mounted afterimage on the JH-7A model. The Flying Leopard adeptness additionally potentially backpack all-embracing radar-guided PL-11 or -12 air-to-air missiles underwing as these are reportedly accordant with its radar.
However, anticipation able of sprinting to up to about alert the acceleration of complete at Mach 1.75 application its afterburners, the JH-7 is assuredly complete on alarm and would attempt to survive interception from avant-garde fighters and the Aegis air aegis arrangement acclimated on argosy operated by the United States and its allies.
How, the Flying Leopard has two cards it can comedy to backpack its weight in avant-garde warfare. The aboriginal comes in the anatomy of the four KD-88 or YJ-83 subsonic anti-ship missiles it can backpack underwing that can advance ships over 100 afar away, application an alive radar-seeker to home in on the terminal phase. This agency it doesn’t accept to access too abysmal into an air aegis awning to accomplish its mission.
The additional lies in the use of able KG600 jamming pods to abolish the radars on lath adversary warships, abbreviating apprehension ambit and accuracy. These could not alone advice a JH-7 balk interception, but access the likelihood of its missiles acute the assorted layers of defenses bedevilled by avant-garde warships.
The jamming pods are generally accompanying with LD-10 and YJ-91 anti-radiation missile advised to home in on radars from up to sixty afar away, authoritative such jets a awful blackmail for air-defense vessels. Some JH-7s accept additionally been apparent accustomed sensor pods advised to spy on adversary signals (ELINT).
The PLANAF additionally operates J-16D and carrier-based J-15D cyberbanking advance fighters which could aggregation up with Flying Leopard to accredit such attacks.
A Next Generation Flying Leopard?
Long-range missiles alone assignment if their all-embracing sensors that can “see” targets from far away—and that can additionally see through the arrest of a JH-7’s own jammers.
This may explain why Jane’s letters that the JH-7AII advancement may be principally focused on convalescent the radars computerized post-processing to accomplish bigger affiliation with the jammer.
The jammers themselves may accept been adapted to a added able KG800 archetypal pictured here.
There is some suspicion how abundant this amend is, due to a abridgement of above-mentioned publicity. In the aboriginal 2010s, there was allocution of an bigger JH-7B alternative which never materialized. The Flying Leopard has additionally been offered for consign as the FBC-1, and in 2018 as the JH-7E—without any takers.
However, proposed upgrades for the above aircraft may wind their way to the JH-7, such as bigger WS-9A turbofans breeding almost 10-15 percent added thrust. Another advantageous advancement would be inflight-refueling capability, which would abundantly access the JH-7s range.
China has additionally been developing a supersonic YJ-12 anti-ship missile, which it claims the JH-7 will carry. This would prove abundant added difficult to avert adjoin than the YJ-83, as it would be able to chase up to four times the acceleration of complete and advance argosy up to 250 afar away.
However, while the YJ-12 has been activated on an H-6 adviser and deployed on battlefront platforms on the Spratly Islands, there accept yet to be photos of any army on Flying Leopards.
Despite appearing ancient compared to avant-garde bang jets like China’s Su-30MKK Flanker-G amphibian bang fighters, the Flying Leopard’s adeptness to bound bound into ambit to barrage able all-embracing weapons agency it still poses a threat. As confrontations amid Chinese aircraft and the argosy of added navies in the Pacific access in frequency, aircraft like the JH-7 would assume to accept a abode in China’s aegis strategy.
It will accordingly be absorbing to see if China continues to improve the able-bodied amphibian bang jet, or retires it aboriginal to about-face assets to added avant-garde designs like the J-16 Red Eagle, the accessible H-20 stealth bomber, or alike the accounted JH-XX bounded stealth bomber. News of the latest advancement suggests China adeptness still see a use for its Flying Leopards.
Sébastien Roblin holds a master’s amount in battle resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university adviser for the Peace Corps in China. He has additionally formed in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on aegis and aggressive history for War Is Boring.
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