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Acquisition of J-15 for PAF- Air Superiority & Deep Strike Platfrom

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Entering service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy in 2012, the J-15 Flying Shark twin engine air superiority fighter today represents the service’s only carrier based combat jet. Deploying from China’s sole commissioned aircraft carrier the Liaoling - a close derivative of the Soviet Kuznetsov Class warship, and using an airframe based on a prototype of the Russian Su-33, the J-15 makes use of a number of cutting edge indigenous technologies which combined with an abundance of funds for modernization have made it a considerably superior platform - one of the most capable carrier based fighters in the world today. Fielding the J-15, China's Navy is the only one in the world today to deploy a large number of carrier based air superiority fighters, with the Flying Shark heavily specialized in air to air and anti shipping roles needed for war at sea rather than a strike role against enemy ground targets. This closely reflects the highly defensive orientation of the PLA’s carrier program at present, which has not invested in long range power projection capabilities suited to operations far from the country’s coastal waters such as air to ground strike optimized fighter jets, and the carrier fleet much like the J-15 appears instead to be heavily tailored towards protecting China's maritime claims at sea.

While the original J-15 fighter, much like the Su-33, was designed to operate without a catapult system and instead makes use of a ski jump to take off from a short carrier runway, with China's two upcoming carriers the Type 002 and Type 003 set to
deploy advanced electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) future carrier based fighters will need to be compatible with such launch systems. Deploying combat aircraft using EMALS not only reduces the strain on their air frames, thus increasing their service lives and reducing maintenance requirements, but the launch system also provides the aircraft with considerably more energy upon launch which allows them to take off with more fuel and munitions than their counterparts using either ski jumps like the Kuznetsov Class or steam catapults like America’s Nimitz Class super-carriers.

For the J-15, a heavy, high altitude and long ranged fighter with a considerable payload relegated to operating at just a fraction of its potential from carriers such as the Liaoling due to the limitations imposed on its takeoff weight by the ski jump system
, the introduction of carriers with EMALS to the PLA Navy has considerable implications for the fighter's combat capabilities. With Russia’s Su-33 facing imminent retirement, and the United States Navy for having retired its own elite carrier based air superiority fighter the F-14D in 2006 and cancelled the planned fifth generation replacement, a carrier based variant of the F-22 Raptor, due to budgetary constraints and the lack of near peer threats in the Cold War’s aftermath, the J-15 will soon be the world’s only carrier based air superiority fighter in service. When deployed using a new launch system, this will make the Chinese Flying Shark by far the longest ranged, highest flying and most heavily armed jet at sea - operating at speeds far surpassing the lighter F-18E and F-35C deployed by U.S. carriers.

A number of reports have indicated that the first of a new generation of Flying Sharks have already been manufactured and are currently being used to train pilots to operate using catapult launch systems at the Huangdicun training facility - where the navy previously trained its carrier pilots in the years leading up to the Liaoling's entry into service. According to analyses of recent satellite photos of Huangdicun, mock runways with jet blast deflectors and catapult launch systems have been in active since at least 2016 - almost certainly for the testing of a new generation of carrier based aircraft.

While the J-15 fighters in service onboard the Liaoling are incompatible with EMALS, leading to some speculation that the PLA would prefer an entirely new stealth fighter for its upcoming carriers, recent satellite images of Huangdicun indicate that new production variants of the Flying Shark have been designed to operate using electromagnetic launch systems and have been in testing for over a year. Separate testing of what appears to be an electronic warfare variant of the J-15, a similar concept to the U.S. E/A-18G Growler, has also been observed. While the development of a catapult compatible variant of the J-15 has been widely speculated since the fighter first entered service in 2012, its confirmation raises a number of questions regarding what other modifications the new carrier based air superiority fighter will field.


With the J-15 at the time of its first induction having represented the pinnacle of Chinese military aviation, with capabilities similar to those of its land based counterpart the J-11B, the country's capabilities in the field have advanced considerably since with the induction of fifth generation and '4++ generation' platforms fielding technologies far in advanced of the original J-15.

It remains highly likely therefore that the new Flying Shark, possibly under a new designation - J-15B perhaps - will field a number of next generation technologies significantly superior to those of the original fighter. Based on the next generation technologies integrated onto the J-10C and J-11D, next generation modernization of older air frame designs, the new J-15 could well expect thrust vectoring, AESA radars, stealth coatings, extensive use of composite materials and the latest PL-15 air to air missiles to be among the upgrades implemented. Combined with the use of a new electromagnetic launch system, an effective force multiplier for the Flying Sharks relative to operating with a ski jump, this will make China's future carrier air wings considerably more capable than those currently in service - better exploiting the high potential of the J-15 air frame and posing a far greater challenge to the country’s near peer potential adversaries at sea.
 
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It remains highly likely therefore that the new Flying Shark, possibly under a new designation - J-15B perhaps - will field a number of next generation technologies significantly superior to those of the original fighter. Based on the next generation technologies integrated onto the J-10C and J-11D, next generation modernization of older air frame designs, the new J-15 could well expect thrust vectoring, AESA radars, stealth coatings, extensive use of composite materials and the latest PL-15 air to air missiles to be among the upgrades implemented. Combined with the use of a new electromagnetic launch system, an effective force multiplier for the Flying Sharks relative to operating with a ski jump, this will make China's future carrier air wings considerably more capable than those currently in service - better exploiting the high potential of the J-15 air frame and posing a far greater challenge to the country’s near peer potential adversaries at sea.
Is this a pure speculation and wish is there any news in J-15B ? If this is a case, We can expect J-15B to be operational by 2021 as China is already preparing to commission it's new carrier. And given the specualted features, this would be ideal for us and we can get J-15B with only a modification which removes wing folding capability. Great read. The first flanker i learned about ever in my life was J-15 btw, before that only images & all, and the fact that China specifically released a 10/15Min promotional vid of it's J-15 some years ago made me fall in love with this. Never knew this would come to us in future.
 

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Images show PLANAF J-15s armed with KD-88 and YJ-91 missiles

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Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) J-15 fighters equipped with what appear to be the KD-88 air-to-surface missile and either the YJ-91 anti-radiation or YJ-91A anti-ship-missile: an indication that China has enhanced the multirole capabilities of this carrier-borne fighter.


The images, which were broadcast in early November by China Central Television (CCTV), show the J-15s on the ground at the PLANAF's Huangdicun Airbase, although it is unclear when the images were taken.


Since the J-15s shown in the image feature three-digit serial numbers - unlike the latest ones displayed during the 1 October parade in Beijing that feature two-digit serials - it is possible that the video was taken some time ago, meaning that the fighters may have been fitted with this armament several months ago.


The J-15, which has an estimated maximum weapon load of 6,500 kg, had been previously spotted fitted with the YJ-83K anti-ship missile but the CCTV report marks the first time images of the fighter armed with the KD-88 and the YJ-91 missiles have been released.
 

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Images show PLANAF J-15s armed with KD-88 and YJ-91 missiles

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Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) J-15 fighters equipped with what appear to be the KD-88 air-to-surface missile and either the YJ-91 anti-radiation or YJ-91A anti-ship-missile: an indication that China has enhanced the multirole capabilities of this carrier-borne fighter.


The images, which were broadcast in early November by China Central Television (CCTV), show the J-15s on the ground at the PLANAF's Huangdicun Airbase, although it is unclear when the images were taken.


Since the J-15s shown in the image feature three-digit serial numbers - unlike the latest ones displayed during the 1 October parade in Beijing that feature two-digit serials - it is possible that the video was taken some time ago, meaning that the fighters may have been fitted with this armament several months ago.


The J-15, which has an estimated maximum weapon load of 6,500 kg, had been previously spotted fitted with the YJ-83K anti-ship missile but the CCTV report marks the first time images of the fighter armed with the KD-88 and the YJ-91 missiles have been released.
For all those people who think that China is going to get rid of J-15 or it is a useless plane
@Mastankhan @Khafee your views....
 

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For all those people who think that China is going to get rid of J-15 or it is a useless plane
@Mastankhan @Khafee your views....
Hi,

It is a functional aircraft---I do not know why china would get rid of it---.

Now getting rid of it and giving or selling to pakistan are two different things---.

Giving to pakistan maybe purely circumstance base.
 

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For all those people who think that China is going to get rid of J-15 or it is a useless plane
@Mastankhan @Khafee your views....
I expect it to be better than anything currently in PLAAF inventory, excluding J-30/J-20
 

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J-15D Flying Shark/Flanker
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This EW variant of J-15S (J-15D/J-18?) was developed based on the experience of J-16D. As the result the pure trainer version (J-15S) was thought to have been axed. The first prototype of J-15D was rumored to have flown on October 25, 2016 and a prototype in full standard flew in early 2018. The aircraft carries two large wingtip ESM/ELINT pods similar to those onboard J-16D, with the windshield IRST/LR removed as well. Additional conformal antenna fairings have been identified throughout the aircraft. J-15D has also been speculated to feature an AESA radar. The pilot in the rear cockpit serves as the weapon system officer. It is also expected to carry two or four large ECM pods under the wings and one underneath the fuselage plus a new type of ARM based on the PL-15 AAM. J-15D is expected to be stationed onboard the indigenous Type 002 aircraft carrier. Currently (December 2019) one J-15D prototype (#563?) is being evaluated by the PLAN Carrier Fighter Group.
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@mtime7 this is an update for you too.
 
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That will be amazing . We needed them yesterday. Afghan border is again activated by the Afghan intelligence .
 

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That will be amazing . We needed them yesterday. Afghan border is again activated by the Afghan intelligence .
They caught 4/5 in Karachi yesterday. IA khair
 
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