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JH-7B  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: ?
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: FBC-1
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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 JH-7B is an improved variant introduced in 2015 with better avionics, more powerful WS-9A engines delivering up to 15 percent of extra power, more composite materials and improved hardware to carry the YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile. The People's Liberation Army Navy may use the JH-7B aircraft to carry out strike against AEGIS-equipped destroyers and aircraft carriers battle groups using the YJ-12 missile.

JH-7B Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Dimensions
Height: 6.58 meter (21.6 foot)
Length: 22.3 meter (73 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 23 millimeter
Wingspan: 12.7 meter (42 foot)
G-load
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 7 g
Performance
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)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 1.70 mach (2,032 kph)
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 47,200 pound (21,410 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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JH-7B News

There is 1 news
on 4 Feb 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015China Reveals YJ-12 Supersonic and YJ-100 Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems

Grand Total ?1
Defensive Weapons
FT-12x2
PL-9x2
Offensive Weapons
YJ-12x1
YJ-12 ARMx1
YJ-12 ASMx1
Propulsion Systems
WS-9Ax2
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