The Shenyang J-16 (Chinese: 歼-16) is a strike fighter designed and manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, China. This is a multi-role fighter/bomber variant based on the J-11BS with longer range and upgraded avionics, a concept similar to F-15E Strike Eagle. The first few photos of J-16 were published on Chinese internet websites around June 2012. The J-16 has a slightly different vertical stabilizer compared to J-11 fighter or J-15 naval fighter. It is also equipped with missile pylons for Chinese PL-8 air-to-air missiles, another difference compared to earlier J-11 variants.
Like the J-11BS and the J-15, the fighter features numerous enhancements such as an AESA radar from the 607th institute (the same manufacturer of the AESA found on the J-11B and J-15), composites, radar-absorbent material, missile approach warning system, WS-10 engine, electronic countermeasure upgrades, and more.
The J-16 is able to carry a full range of indigenous Chinese equipment including super and subsonic anti-ship missiles, air to air missiles, satellite guided bombs, cruise missiles and electronic countermeasure (ECM) jammers. It has been speculated that the J-16's WS-10 engines lack sufficient power for the aircraft, given their design faults and the greater weight of the airframe compared to other Chinese Su-27 variants, and that an engine upgrade will be needed to allow the new plane to meet its design potential.
As of April 2014, the PLAAF has taken delivery of a regiment of J-16s.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- J-16: Strike variant.
- J-16D: Electronic warfare variant. It has wingtip pods resembling the AN/ALQ-218, up to ten fuselage and wing hardpoints, and no IRST or 30 mm cannon. It reportedly made its first flight in December 2015.
Users[edit | edit source]
- People's Republic of China
- People's Liberation Army Air Force