Shenyang J-16

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Role Multirole strike fighter
National origin People's Republic of China
Manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
Introduction 2013[1]
Status In service, in production.
Primary user People's Liberation Army Air Force
Produced 2012–present
Number built 24+ reported built[2]
Developed from Shenyang J-11BS

The Shenyang J-16 (Chinese: 歼-16) is a twin-seat, twinjet, all-weather, multirole strike fighter[3] designed and manufactured by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, China. This is a multi-role fighter/bomber variant based on the J-11BS with longer range and upgraded avionics, a concept similar to F-15E Strike Eagle. The first few photos of J-16 were published on Chinese internet websites around June 2012. The J-16 has a slightly different vertical stabilizer compared to J-11 fighter or J-15 naval fighter. It is also equipped with missile pylons for Chinese PL-8 air-to-air missiles, another difference compared to earlier J-11 variants.

According to media reports, China developed the Shenyang J-16 fighter based on the Shenyang J-11B airframe, with modifications from the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK that was sold to China in 2000.[4][5][6]

The J-16 is able to carry a full range of indigenous Chinese equipment including super and subsonic anti-ship missiles, air to air missiles, satellite guided bombs, cruise missiles and electronic countermeasure (ECM) jammers.[7] It has been speculated that the J-16's WS-10 engines lack sufficient power for the aircraft, given their design faults and the greater weight of the airframe compared to other Chinese Su-27 variants, and that an engine upgrade will be needed to allow the new plane to meet its design potential.[8]

As of April 2014, the PLAAF has taken delivery of a regiment of J-16s.[7]


  • J-16: Strike variant.
  • J-16D: Electronic warfare variant. It has wingtip pods resembling the AN/ALQ-218, up to ten fuselage and wing hardpoints, and no IRST or 30 mm cannon. It reportedly made its first flight in December 2015.[9]


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21.9 m (72 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14.7 m (48.25 ft)
  • Height: 6.36 m (20.85 ft)
  • Wing area: 62.04 m2 (667.80 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 17,700 kg (38,600 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 26,000 kg (58,000 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 35,000 kg (77,000 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × WS-10A afterburning turbofans
    • Dry thrust: 89.17 kN (20,050 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 135 kN (33,000 lbf) each



See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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  2. ^ "China's newest fighter jet J-16 revealed online". Want China Times. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Shenyang J-16 (Red Eagle) Multirole Fighter / Strike Fighter". Military Factory. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  4. ^ John Pike. "J-16 (Jianjiji-16 Fighter aircraft 16) / F-16". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Source: Chinese Navy Commissioned Copy of Russian Fighter". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "China's newest fighter jet J-16 revealed - it's a copy of Su-30MKK". Defence News. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Chinese Air Force Takes Delivery of New J-16 Strike Fighters". Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  8. ^ Jesse Sloman and Lauren Dickey, "Why China's Air Force Needs Russia's SU-35" The Diplomat, 1 June 2015
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