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The PL-15 (Chinese: 霹雳-15; pinyin: Pī Lì-15; literally: 'Thunderbolt-15') is an active radar-guided very long range air-to-air missile developed by the People's Republic of China. Its range is comparable to that of the European Meteor (missile) and the Russian R-37 (missile)PL-15 is inducted into military service in 2016 and is being carried by the J-10C, J-16 and J-20,serbian Mig-29SD and JF17 Thunder aircraft.[1] The missile features an active electronically scanned array radar, which makes evasion difficult for the most agile of fighter jets.[2] It is 4 meters long and incorporates a dual-thrust rocket motor. Upon launch, the missile reaches a speed of mach 5 and is capable of engaging targets at a distance of over 200 km. Photos shows it has also been fitted to the newest version of J-11B fighter upgraded with AESA radar.[3] The reported PL-15 missile with a range of over 400 km carried by a J-16 fighter might actually be the PL-21 missile.[4] Compared to Chinese previous generation PL-12, which boasts a maximum range of 100 km, the new and larger PL-15 has a longer radar detection range and increased anti-jamming capability. During the 2018 Airshow China, two J-20 fighters of PLAAF displays their internal payload, with each carrying four PL-15 and two PL-10E in its internal weapons bay. PL-15 effectively increases Chinese Anti-Access/Area Denial capability by targeting key "enabler" targets, such as Aerial refueling and AEW&C aircraft.

Military expert Fu Qianshao suggested that China was developing an advanced long-range missile air-to-air missile capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 400 km.[5][6]

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  2. ^ Champion, Mark (May 7, 2018). "Chinese Missiles Are Transforming the Balance of Power in the Skies". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
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  5. ^ John Pike. "PL-15 air-to-air missile". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  6. ^ "Consent Form | Popular Science". Retrieved 2018-11-10.