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A close look at China’s carrier-based SEAD Flanker

Photo: via Chinese internet

The first clear images of the new Shenyang J-15D electronic attack aircraft for the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force (PLANAF) have appeared online. The heavily reworked Chinese development of the Flanker family is also understood to carry the designation J-17. Meanwhile, some enthusiasts have dubbed it the ‘Chinese-Growler’, on account of a suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) role presumed analogous to that of the US Navy’s EA-18G Growler.
Indeed, the ‘Chinese-Growler’ name is not too far-fetched, since the aircraft apparently follows a similar development path to the EA-18G, which was evolved from the two-seat F/A-18F. The J-15D is based on the dual-seat J-15S trainer, which first flew on November 3, 2012, and also incorporates technologies from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s J-16D – itself an electronic warfare variant of the twin-seat Shenyang J-16 strike fighter.
According to reliable sources, a first J-15D testbed was first flown back in October 2016 and this latest aircraft is the first true prototype.

Characteristic features of the J-15D include two huge electronic warfare pods on the wingtips that likely contain either electronic support measures (ESM) or electronic intelligence (ELINT) equipment.

Based on the latest reports, development of the J-15S has meanwhile been abandoned and the project merged with the J-15D to create a true multi-role J-17 carrier variant. Andreas Rupprecht

via Chinese internet

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