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HA6403 J-15 Flying Shark No. 114, Aircraft Carrier Liaoning, 2017

Shenyang Aircraft Corporation in cooperation with the 601 Institute for the Chinese PLAN aircraft carriers. In China the J-15 is known as the Flying Shark with a NATO designation of Flanker-X2. The J-15 has the same basic airframe design as the Su-33. When the jet entered service in 2015 it was compared to the U.S. Navy’s two-seat FA-18 Super Hornet fighter. In 2018 it was announced the J-15 would stop production for the J-15B.

The aircraft carrier Liaoning was originally being built as the aircraft cruiser Riga but was renamed Varyag in 1990. When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 all work stopped on the bare bones ship and it was sold by Ukraine to China in 1998. The now named Liaoning, it was commissioned in 2012 and combat ready in 2016. Liaoning’s will embark 24 J-15s, this means that China is on its way to fielding its complement of carrier-borne fighters.

Shenyang J-15 Specifications
First Flight – August 31, 2009
In Service - 2013
Crew – 1 – 2
Dimensions
Length – 21.19 m (72 ft) Wingspan Down – 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in) Folded – 8.4 m (27.56 ft) Height – 5.9 m (19.42 ft)
Weights
Empty – 175,000 kg (38,600 lb) Loaded – 27,000 kg (60,000 lb) Maximum Takeoff – 33,000 kg (72,752 lb)
Performance
Powerplants – 2 X Modified WS-10 Variants Producing 132kN Each Maximum Speed – Mach 2.4 (2,940 kph 1,826 mph) Ferry Range – 3,500 km (2,175 miles)
Armament
Cannon – 1 X 30 mm GSh-30-1 With 150 Rounds
Munitions On 12 External Hardpoints 8 X PL-12 or R-77 And 4 X PL-9 Or R-73 Air-To-Air Missiles YJ-62 Or Kh-41 Anti-Ship Missiles YJ-91 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missiles
ECM Pods Various Bombs And Rockets