29 Oct '14, 7am

Images suggest mass production of China's J-15 carrier-based multirole fighter gathering pace ht…

Images suggest mass production of China's J-15 carrier-based multirole fighter gathering pace ht…

New photos that have appeared on Chinese aviation websites suggest that mass production of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-15 carrier-based multirole fighter is gathering pace. Two new J-15 aircraft, numbered 104 and 105, are ready for delivery by SAC to the People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force (PLANAF). The new additions take the total of known J-15 aircraft to 11, including prototypes. At the same time testing continues with the J-15S, the twin-seat variant of the J-15. New photos show a bright yellow prototype conducting flight tests. The aircraft appears to be very close to production status. Shenyang is also testing J-15S tandem-seat aircraft. Chinese internet sources state that there will be three variants of the J-15S: an advanced trainer for J-15 pilots; a multirole combat variant; and an electronic warfare variant modelled on the US Navy's Boeing EA-...

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