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J-17 (Jianjiji-17 Fighter aircraft 17) / F-17

The J-17 is reportedly a long-range fighter-bomber based on the Russian Sukhoi Su-34. Chinese authorities have not formally released informtion on these developments.

By mid-2016 Chinese media reported that China had clearly begun to test a new derivative of the Russian Su-27 "Flanker" series fighter. The new aircraft is conceptually similar to the Suihuo Su-34 "platypus" fighter-bombers, and its power plant may be AL-31F or domestic WS-10 turbofan engine, the US National Interest magazine October 28 article said. If the Chinese media to disclose the relevant picture is true, then this new Chinese aircraft is clearly similar in concept similar to Sui Huo Su -34 "platypus" fighter bombers. Similar to the Su-34 fighter-bomber, the Chinese new fighter was apparently using a similar "platypus" -type radar radome and parallel cockpit seat. However, China's latest fighter's "duck wing" is larger and wider. For a long time, foreign media had been speculating that China had research and development of a Russian-like Su-34 "platypus" as a fighter bomber, and many channels of source confirmed that this fighter called the F-17 was about to debut. China can be described as having the Russian-made fighter modification "ancestors", which has long been recognized by the world, because since the 1950s to 2006, China on the basis of Russian-made fighters, successfully improved J-5, 6, F-7 and J-8. One was the J-7 fighters, which is the Russian MiG-21, was improved by China up to 28 models, the overall performance has been greatly exceeded the prototype, and some models have even been almost equal to the third generation of active fighters. The aircraft is not only equipped with the Chinese Air Force, but also a large number of exports to a dozen countries, and until now the Chinese Air Force can not bear to abandon and service so far. Before the advent of China's Su-34 "platypus" - J-17, China successfully learned from Su-27 and Su -30 fighter's advanced technology to develop excellent performance of the domestic F-11B and J-16 Such as fighters. On this basis, China has continued to learn from the experience of Russia's research and development Su-34, but also developed a penetrating ability of the powerful front-line bombers, which is the J-17. The J-17 is considered to have most of the features of F-22 and H-6's almost full functionality, but cheaper, more compact and more advanced. In addition, the F-17 on the Chinese Air Force made a large number of domestic JH-7 "Flying Leopard" fighters also have obvious advantages, including longer range, electronic resistance more powerful, larger weapons range, more advanced radar, pilot long-range flight conditions more Comfortable and so on. Basically it can be concluded that it is the aircraft of these advantages, making China recognized the Russian R & D Su -34 fighter development concept, and therefore also for the Chinese tactical combat Air Force research and development of a similar type of fighter. Although the J-17 is known as the Chinese version of Su-34 "platypus", in fact, Russia has not exported to any other country "platypus" fighter bombers, and will not sell its technology to China, so the J-17 is not directly copied Su-34, nor is it a direct copy of the Su-32. Obviously, although this new fighter is an Su-27 derivative, and the "platypus" fighter bombers were the inspiration, but the J-17 has China's own technology. As China has made great progress in the domestic fighter engine, a variety of new fighters began to equip the domestic engine, so the engine used in the engine may be domestic WS-10 turbofan engine. It is reported that J-17 fighters can carry 8 tons of ammunition, and H-6K can carry 9 tons of weapons, so the load is not too much behind to ensure that the Chinese Air Force front-line combat forces have a powerful bombardment of fire. From the model of wind tunnel tests revealed online, the J-177 uses a parallel cockpit and a duckbill-type radar nose, which means that the weapon's bay can mount a long range cruise missile, at which point it matches the H-6K bombers. Moreover, the J-17 with supersonic cruise capability has superior performance to the H-6K above, with the latter not having the air fighting and penetration capabilities. So the J-17 fighter will make the Chinese Air Force's overall combat capability has been greatly improved, the enemy positions can be effective raid operations, enough to support the People's Liberation Army front bomber regiment. In the operational performance, the F-17 fighters are equipped with intelligent airborne phased array radars and powerful electronic countermeasures devices due to their complete satellite navigation system and digital four-degree teaser operating system. Making the machine with a strong low-altitude penetration ability, can easily break through the enemy fire, safe completion of the bombing task. At the same time, due to all-weather multi-task combat capability, J-17 can be in day and night conditions, the land, sea and air targets to launch high-precision combat. And the air refueling is fully equipped with a lot of medium-range bombers owned by the operational characteristics, and China has recently been provided by the Ukrainian-Irish-78 tanker, which will make it even more powerful. It is possible that the J-17 is among the world's newest powerful attack aircraft, and its combat capability is like a small bomber. At the same time, because of its combat radius of 2000 km [if an air refueling, then the aircraft's combat radius can be raised to more than 3000 km], which can be a theater attack bombers, to the surrounding areas of US military targets. It could conduct long-range raid operations, including the US forces of the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, and even the US forces that attack the Persian Gulf remotely. If the strategy needed, J-17 can also be equipped with nuclear warheads with cruise missiles, other countries strategic targets for remote nuclear deterrence, and even the implementation of remote nuclear air operations. Therefore, there are Western experts believe that the F-17 fighters in many performance is extremely advanced, is expected in the next years to become similar fighters in the top combat master. China in recent years successfullyt conducted the development of long-range air-launched cruise missiles - Sword -10/20, then the aircraft strike scope will be expanded to 4500-5000 km or so, which will make it very dangerous. Of course, the J-17 may also be equipped with the Thunderbolt-21 ultra-long-range air-to-air missiles, which can intercept more than 150 kilometers of air targets, such as enemy electronic fighters, airborne early warning aircraft and air refueling machines. It is expected that in the future for a long period of time, J-17 will be used with the H-6G/K type, constitute a strong deterrent force of the Chinese Air Force long-range strategic / tactical strike capability. From the US media to disclose the photos, the aircraft's shape has a certain stealth capability, which may be China's R&D J-31 technology expansion. In other words, China through the development of stealth aircraft, has completely mastered the modern fighter stealth technology, and its part of the application in the new J-17, so that it has three generations of fighters with some of the features. If the machine to fully use their own semi-stealth features up to 8 tons of bomb capacity Powerful detection and electronic warfare capabilities air combat capability to bring the operational radius of the cruise missile carrying capacity and other functions, it can place the surrounding area of 5000 km of enemy ground and sea targets in time at risk. And it also means that it will only be able to replace the huge fleet that China has relied on in the past, so as to drive the strategic targets of bombarding enemy airports, command centers and maritime carrier groups to achieve a very good operational effect. This is very suitable for China's current threat facing the surrounding, on the J-17, the transformation of the Chinese air power can be described as even more powerful, The J-17 will be one of the key equipment models in the future of the Chinese Air Force.

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