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Xian JH-7 fighter bomber aircraft
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:54:32 AM »
https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/xianjh7fighterbomber/

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Xian JH-7 or Jian Hong-7 is a twin engine, lightweight fighter bomber aircraft designed and manufactured by Xian Aircraft Industry Corporation, China to meet the requirements of People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). Its NATO reporting name is Flounder. It was built to replace the Chinese ageing fleet of Harbin H-5 and Nanchang Q-5 aircraft.

The export version of two seat JH-7 fighter is known as the FBC-1 (Fighter Bomber China-1) Flying Leopard. The maiden flight was completed in December 1988 and the aircraft entered into service in 1992. About 70 JH-7 aircraft are currently operational worldwide. The aircraft can operate day and night in all weather conditions.

JH-7 fighter bomber variants

The JH-7 fighter bomber has four variants namely JH-7A, JH-7B, FBC-1 Flying Leopard and FBC-1A Flying Leopard II.

The JH-7A is an upgraded version of the original JH-7 aircraft. JH-7A is the first aircraft designed with CAD or CAM CATIA V.5 software. This variant is additionally equipped with digital fly by wire controls, ventral fins, a glass cockpit and a single piece windscreen. The number of hard points in the variant is increased to 11.

The JH-7B is an advanced version of JH-7A. It has stealthier features compared to JH-7A.

FBC-1 Flying Leopard is an export version of JH-7. It was unveiled in 1998 and features a helmet mounted sight, a glass cockpit and user defined radars.

FBC-1A Flying Leopard II is an export version of JH-7A and was unveiled to the public in September 2003. This variant features 11 hard points which can carry 9,000kg of external stores.

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Re: Xian JH-7 fighter bomber aircraft
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 12:55:51 AM »

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Re: Xian JH-7 fighter bomber aircraft
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 12:57:23 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/90410/upgraded-jh-7-fighter-bomber-in-service-with-plaaf

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Upgraded JH-7 fighter-bomber in service with PLAAF
12 August 2019

The report stated that the aircraft types sent by the PLAAF to Russia to participate in the event include the new JH-7AII variant along with the J-10A fighter and the H-6K bombers, as well as the Il-76 and Y-9 transport aircraft. It also noted that the PLA Naval Air Force (PLANAF) was participating for the first time in the event by sending a JH-7A aircraft.

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Internet sources have subsequently suggested that the modifications have focused on changes made to the platform’s mission computer, power supplies, and the post-processing capabilities of the radar, aimed at improving the integration of electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods.

The JH-7A is a two-seat, twin-engine aircraft that entered service with the PLANAF and the PLAAF in 2004. The original JH-7 first flew in 1988. A key role of this aircraft type, which is capable of carrying four anti-ship missiles along with other external stores, is maritime strike. Photographs of the JH-7A, of which more than 200 units are believed to be in PLA service, commonly show the platform fitted with ECM pods.


A PLAAF JH-7 aircraft, presumed to be the reported JH-7AII variant, in early August during the Aviadarts 2019 competition of the IAG held in Russia. Source: Russian MoD



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Re: Xian JH-7 fighter bomber aircraft
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2019, 03:27:20 AM »
Air Recognition - 12 August 2019 11:19
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The Chinese Air Force sent multiple types of aircraft, including the JH-7A II, to the Aviadarts competition in Russia under the International Army Games 2019, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday. The JH-7AⅡ was seen during a static display at the opening ceremony of the competition, the report said.

This is the first time this designation has been made public, Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, reported on Wednesday, noting that the previous updated version of the JH-7 fighter bomber was known as the JH-7A. The two reports did not provide details on the difference between the JH-7AⅡ and the JH-7A.


A JH-7 fighter bomber attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Northern Theater Command soars through a valley during an extremely low altitude flight training exercise on April 25, 2019 (Picture source: eng.chinamil.com.cn/Yang Pan)


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Re: Xian JH-7 fighter bomber aircraft
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2019, 04:45:21 AM »


A PLAAF JH-7 aircraft, presumed to be the reported JH-7AII variant, in early August during the Aviadarts 2019 competition of the IAG held in Russia. Source: Russian MoD

Seems inspired by the Jaguar attack aircraft doesn't it?

« Last Edit: August 16, 2019, 04:47:01 AM by adroth »

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Re: Xian JH-7 fighter bomber aircraft
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2019, 02:29:11 AM »
Convergent design.

I can think of several aircraft with essentially similar layouts from vastly different countries:

1. SEPECAT Jaguar
2. JH-7
3. Mitsubishi T-2/Mitsubishi F-1
4. Soko J-22 Orao/IAR-93 Vultur