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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1992
Maiden Flight: December 1988
Total Production: 250
Also Known As: FB-7A, Flying Leopard, JH-7 and JH-7A
Origin: China
Corporations: Xian Aircraft Company (XAC)
Parent System: FBC-1
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1992
Maiden Flight: December 1988
Total Production: 250
Family Members: JH-7B
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Description: The FBC-1, also known as JH-7 and dubbed Flying Leopard, is a twin-engine, tandem twin-seat, long-range, supersonic fighter-bomber aircraft intended to perform air-to-ground and air-to-sea attack as well as air defense missions. The aircraft was designed by Xian Aircraft Design Research Institute in the1980s and is being manufactured by Xian Aircraft Company (XAC). The maiden flight was performed in December 1988 and the first production aircraft entered service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 1992. The FBC-1 was designed as a Chinese counterpart to Western F-111 and Tornado aircraft and the Soviet/Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber. The FBC-1 aircraft has been provided to bomber squadrons from both the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) and PLA Navy (PLAN). Nevertheless, the aircraft's poor performance suggests that the PLA may drop the development and production of the JH-7/FBC-1 in favor of the Sukhoi Su-34 or the more capable JH-7A variant.

The FBC-1's fire control radar and avionics enable the delivery of Chinese-made anti-ship and air-to-soil missiles, laser guided bombs, cluster munitions, air-to-air missiles and dumb bombs. The aircraft can fly at Mach 1.7 powered by two FWS-9 (WS-9) turbofan engines (a copy of Rolls Royce Spey MK202). The FBC-1 has been deployed with the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) and PLA Naval Air Force (PLANAF) under the JH-7 designation. The JH-7A/FB-7A is an improved version introduced in 2004 and featuring a pulse Doppler radar and composite materials as well as improved avionics. The FBC-1 is currently being offered for the export market through CATIC but no orders have been reported so far.

FBC-1 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 6.58 meter (21.6 foot)
Length: 22.3 meter (73 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 12.7 meter (42 foot)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 7 g
Ceiling: 15,600 meter (51,181 foot)
Max Range: 3,650 kilometer (1,971 nautical mile)
Radius of Operation: 1,650 kilometer (891 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 1.70 mach (2,032 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 41,030 pound (18,611 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 28,475 kilogram (62,776 pound)
Payload: 6,500 kilogram (14,330 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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FBC-1 News

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