J15 Naval Fighter Jet - PLA NAVY
The Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark is a carrier-based fighter aircraft that is in development by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation and the 601 Institute for the PLAN's future aircraft carriers. China reportedly had earlier bought a Ukrainian T-10K-3 aircraft, which is the carrier-based fighter Su -33, more specifically, the mass production model T10K state (T10K-3 to T10K-9) . No doubt, it is the aircraft will become experts in research priorities. Clearly, T-10K-3 with folding wings, the Chinese experts from the body "learn" all design and technical concepts.
Mid 2011, CHINA's first aircraft carrier swept through fog-shrouded waters today to open sea trials that underline the country's big naval ambitions and fuel concerns about its growing military strength amid regional territorial disputes.
Nov 25 2012, Successful aircraft landing exercises on China's first aircraft carrier mean the country is now capable to deploy fighter jets on the carrier, a senior navy officer said Sunday.
After its delivery to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Sept. 25, the aircraft carrier has undergone a series of sailing and technological tests, including the flight of the carrier-borne J-15.
Capabilities of the carrier platform and the J-15 have been tested, meeting all requirements and achieving good compatibility, the PLA Navy said.
Since the carrier entered service, the crew have completed more than 100 training and test programs.
The successful flight landing also marked the debut of the J-15 as China's first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet, the PLA Navy said.
Designed by and made in China, the J-15 is able to carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs.
The J-15 has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, military experts estimated.
Pilots have mastered key skills to ensure the success of the take-off and the landing, especially under unfavorable conditions such as poor visibility and unstable airflow, said Vice-Admiral Zhang Yongyi, a deputy commander of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
"It's like 'dancing on a knifepoint' as the aircraft have to land on a very limited space," Zhang said while commenting on the successful flight landing recently conducted on the carrier, the Liaoning.
The aircraft must land precisely over a very short and narrow runway on the carrier at a speed of several hundreds of kilometers per hour, Zhang said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday, after the J-15 fighter succeeded in the landing tests.
"We have done all these test flights from the very beginning, and finally we mastered the key skills for the landing of carrier-borne aircraft," said Zhang, who is also the commander-in-chief in charge of the tests and training program of the flight landing.
Currently, the Chinese pilots have found out the right ways to conduct the landing and they have consolidated their skills, according to the Navy officer, who himself is a meritorious pilot of the Chinese naval air force.
Zhang said the carrier-borne aircraft and special equipment for the landing flight have gone through strict tests, and fighter jets can be deployed on the aircraft carrier.
This work was entrusted to Shenyang, which incorporated Chinese avionics and armament into the J-11B. These were also fitted in the carrier-capable Su-33 copy, which was designated J-15 (video) and named Flying Shark. This aircraft, initially flying on the power of Russian AL-31F engines, made its first flight on Aug. 31, 2009, and by the following May was undertaking trials on dummy deck installations.
SAC president died on the day
Luo Yang, who headed China's fighter-jet building programme as chairman and president of Shenyang Aircraft, died on Sunday during landing tests for the nation's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.
He had a suspected heart attack while helping oversee the tests, Fu Mingyao, a spokesman for Shenyang Aircraft's parent, state-controlled Aviation Industry of China, said on Monday. Luo was 51, he said.
A J-15 photo, April 2011
Latest video released on chinese internet in April 2011.
Since then several J-15s have appeared, including those fitted with the intended powerplant, the Shenyang Liming WS-10H. This is a version of the indigenous powerplant treated for prolonged maritime operations.
The aircraft carrier is reportedly designed to carry an air group of 26 fixed-wing aircraft and 24 helicopters. It is likely that the latter will include the Kamov Ka-31 to provide airborne early warning capability, the first of which was reportedly delivered from Russia in late 2010.Rumors initially claimed that the aircraft was to be a semi-stealth variant, but more recent reports indicate that the aircraft is based on the Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-33 and is fitted with domestically produced radars and weapons.
An unfinished Su-33 prototype, the T-10K-3, was acquired from Ukraine sometime in 2001 and is said to have been studied extensively, with development on the J-15 beginning immediately afterward.
In July 2011, it was reported FWS-10H turbofan engine was chosen for J-15 fighter, which has takeoff thrust increased to 12,800kg, comparing FWS-10 turbofan's 12,500kg. Other improvements were also made to make it better suit carrier based fighter's requirement.
The first Chinese carrier is former Soviet craft that China acknowledged a month ago it was rebuilding for research and training, in a strong indication that it plans to start building aircraft carriers of its own. China has been investing heavily in modernising its military for at least the last decade, and having its own carrier will add prestige to that expansion, which has accompanied a rise in nationalism in the country. The carrier left Dalian port in northeast Liaoning province early today, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
China has actively sought to purchase Su-33s from Russia on numerous occasions—an unsuccessful offer was made as late as March 2009 but negotiations collapsed in 2006 after it was discovered that China had developed a modified version of the Sukhoi Su-27SK designated the Shenyang J-11B, in violation of intellectual property agreements.
October 12, 2009, the United States, "Aviation Week" website (aviation week) publication entitled "China's emergence aircraft carrier," the article, the paper also equipped with three pictures, accusing China of a place appears on a large roof platform straight -8 helicopters and mounted missiles "Flanker" fighter, an aircraft carrier under construction next to the main superstructure. The article first said that the Chinese people's ambitions may give it from the "aircraft carrier air wing," the role of a space ship combat began, at least from a Navy-type "Flanker" fighter on the physical model will be able to see this idea out. The model program is considered to be the first public appearance F-15.
According to July 2010, "Han Defense Review" reported that Shenyang Aircraft Company in October 2009 completed the first flight test aircraft type J-15 prototype production, and start from that year in November were in the Shenyang Aircraft Factory retractable folding wings and other experiments, is currently awaiting flight. The magazine said the F-15 -33 in the Russian Su-Test Machine T-10K of the Shenyang J-15 parked on the tarmac prototype Based on the imitation from the Navy aircraft carrier fighter, shaped like the Soviet Union Su-33.
Appear in the Shenyang plant yellow skin of the aircraft, this aircraft has been using the "J-15" name, but also its own production plant in Shenyang, and plans to begin test flights. This is so quick to imitate the Soviet -33, due to China from Ukraine won the Soviet -33 prototype, factory sources said the situation from several experiments, the technical wing folding problem has been solved .
Russian: J-15 will not compete with Russia's Su-33 fighter
China's J-15 carrier-based fighter will not be able to compete with Russia's Su-33 fighter on global markets because it is inferior to the Russian aircraft, a Russian military analyst said on Friday.
China since 2001 has been developing the J-15 naval fighter, which is believed to be a clone of Russia's Su-33 Falcon-D. China bought an Su-33 prototype earlier from Ukraine, and used it to develop the new aircraft.
The J-15 is expected to be stationed initially onboard the Chinese Varyag aircraft carrier currently being fitted in the port of Dalian. China bought the unfinished Admiral Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier from Ukraine in 1998.
"The Chinese J-15 clone is unlikely to achieve the same performance characteristics of the Russian Su-33 carrier-based fighter, and I do not rule out the possibility that China could return to negotiations with Russia on the purchase of a substantial batch of Su-33s," said Col. (Ret.) Igor Korotchenko, a member of the Defense Ministry's Public Council.
The Su-33 is a carrier-based multi-role fighter, which can perform a variety of air superiority, fleet defense, air support and reconnaissance missions. The aircraft entered service with the Russian Navy in 1995 and are currently deployed on board the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
Korotchenko said China was unlikely to solve technical problems related to the design of the folding wings and to develop a reliable engine for the aircraft, although the first J-15 prototype reportedly made its maiden flight on August 31, 2009, powered by Chinese WS-10 turbofan engines.
China and Russia had been in negotiations on the sale of the Su-33 Flanker-D fighters to be used on future Chinese aircraft carriers since 2006, but the talks collapsed over China's request for an initial delivery of two aircraft for a "trial."
Russian Defense Ministry sources confirmed that the refusal was due to findings that China had produced its own copycat version of the Su-27SK fighter jet in violation of intellectual property agreements.
In 1995, China secured a $2.5-billion production license from Russia to build 200 Su-27SKs, dubbed J-11A, at the Shenyang Aircraft Corp.
The deal required the aircraft to be outfitted with Russian avionics, radars and engines. Russia cancelled the arrangement in 2006 after it discovered that China was developing an indigenous version, J-11B, with Chinese avionics and systems. The decision came after China had already produced at least 95 aircraft.
Last year, Russia refused again to sell the Su-33 to China even after Beijing had offered to buy 14 of them, saying that at least 24 jets should be sold to recoup production costs.
MOSCOW, June 4 (RIA Novosti)
Sep 2011, Russia's top jet engine-maker has signed an agreement to supply over 100 high powered engines for China's new fleet of fighter jets, but Beijing is yet to ratify the deal as it is apparently miffed by some stiff conditionalties of the deal, a media report said. "The contract will involve 140 to 150 engines, but it has not been confirmed by authorities in Beijing," Alexander A Drozhzhin, the head of press for SALUT, a top Russian company that manufactures engines for the Su-27 aircraft, regarded as the fourth generation fighter aircraft was quoted as saying by China's state-run Global Times.