Shenyang J-16

The Shenyang J-16 is a multirole fighter capable of both air-superiority and interdiction missions. The latest version of the Shenyang ‘Sino-Flanker’ family, the J-16 can be viewed as an equivalence to the Sukhoi Su-30MK ‘Flanker-G’ but with upgraded avionics, and is comparable to the U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle. An improved electronic warfare variant, reportedly designated J-16D, is currently undergoing flight testing.

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Shenyang J-15

The J-15 is a carrier-based multirole fighter developed for the PLA Navy, largely based on the J-11 but with features of the Sukhoi Su-33 (‘Flanker-D’). The aircraft first flew in August 2009 and operations from China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning (CV-16) began in 2012. The Air Wing of the Liaoning operates up to 24 J-15 fighters for both air interception and ground/surface strike roles.

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Shenyang J-11B

The J-11B is the first of the Shenyang ‘Sino-Sukhoi’ family to have been developed independently without Russian assistance. The aircraft resembles the Su-27SK ‘Flanker-B’ in appearance and is also powered by two Russian AL-31F engines initially, but is equipped with Chinese avionics and weapons. A two-seat fighter trainer variant designated J-11BS has also been introduced, which appears to be a direct copy of the Su-27UBK ‘Flanker-C’.

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