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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 300
Also Known As: F-8, Finback, J-8 I and Jian 8
Origin: China
Corporations: Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
Parent System: J-8
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 400
Family Members: J-8 II
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Description: J-8 is a twin-engine, single-seat interceptor developed by China as a potential replacement to Mig-21. Dubbed Finback by western intelligence, production started in 1979 with J-8 followed by improved J-8 I in the mid 1980s and J-8 II in the late 1980s. J-8 and J-8 I feature poor aerodynamic performance and scarce armament compared to modern air defense fighters. The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) operates around 300 J-8/J-8 I aircraft. Export designation is F-8.

J-8 Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 5.40 meter (17.7 foot)
Length: 21.6 meter (71 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 9.30 meter (30.5 foot)
Ceiling: 18,000 meter (59,055 foot)
Max Range: 2,100 kilometer (1,134 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph)
Max Takeoff Weight: 17,800 kilogram (39,242 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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