The People’s Liberation Army of China received an additional batch of fourth-generation J-16 fighter jets. They will be used to patrol the area near Taiwan.
What is known
Last week, the People’s Liberation Army conducted training on the new aircraft. Fighters took to the skies in Jiangsu province in northern China. Probably, the new J-16s became a replacement for the obsolete J-7 and / or J-8 aircraft.
The J-16 is an advanced fourth-generation fighter that resembles the Russian Su-27 in many ways. The aircraft is manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. In total, more than 200 units were produced.
The fighter is equipped with two Shenyang WS-10B engines, which provide 135 kN of thrust. The maximum flight speed is Mach 2 (2469.6 km / h).
The aircraft has 12 hardpoints for missiles and bombs. In particular, the J-16 can carry PL-10, PL-15, PL-21 air-to-air missiles, YJ-83K anti-ship missiles, KD-88 air-to-ground missiles and laser-guided LS-500J bombs. .
Source: Global Times