PLA’s Flanker fighter family

The acquisition of the Russian Sukhoi Flanker series fighter aircraft has been an important part of China's effort to modernise its air power. Between 1992 and 2004, China receivedĀ a total of 176 examples of the Flanker series fighter in four variants: Su-27SK (Flanker-B), Su-27UBK (Flanker-C), Su-30MKK (Flanker-G) and Su-30MKK2 (Flanker-G). Another 100 examples of the … Continue reading PLA’s Flanker fighter family

Shenyang J-16 undergoing flight test

Chinese social media revealed yet another new fighter aircraft development programme currently undergoing flight test. The latest revelation is a Shenyang (SAC)-produced copycat of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK (NATO code name: Flanker-G) two-seater multirole fighter, reportedly designated by the PLAAF as the J-16. It is now a common knowledge that China has been reverse-engineering the … Continue reading Shenyang J-16 undergoing flight test