VIDEO: China’s J-15 goes viral, but J-18 steals the show

China’s J-15 has become a star of the aviation paparazzi in the last few days, with a couple of new-ish photos leaking onto the blogosphere. There’s also a new round of rampant speculation about the status of the J-18 Snowy Owl. Some have even suggested that it’s China’s short takeoff and vertical landing fighter, and that it may have even achieved first flight. So far, there’s nothing to back that up. The “photo” from CCTV purportedly showing the Snowy Owl is most likely a fake. In the meantime, the Chinese blogosphere has predictably gone ga-ga over the J-15, the Chinese navy’s first carrier-borne fighter. The question is whether the J-15 is a straightforward rip-off of a Sukhoi Su-33 imported from Ukraine, or an indigenously-modified J-11 (nee, Su-30), or, perhaps, some combination. The video was posted today on 56.com, one of China’s versions of YouTube. It shows old footage of the J-15 in flight, which is combined with new and old photos of the aircraft.

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5 Responses to VIDEO: China’s J-15 goes viral, but J-18 steals the show

  1. Weaponhead 26 April, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Maybe the DoD should offer to have the JSF Team help on J-18. That should ensure years of cost overrruns and delays.

  2. dude 26 April, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    @Weaponhead

    LOL

    On a separate note, the refurbished Varyag looks amazing.

  3. Andrew 26 April, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    Isn’t the J-11 the unlicenced Su-27? I think the Su-30 copy is the J-12?

  4. Scott 5 May, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    The original J-11 was the legally license built version of the Su-27SK.

    The J-11A is an upgrade for the J-11s featuring improved avionics.

    The J-11B is the illegal “copy” of the Su-27. However it’s different enough from the original that one could argue it isn’t a copy. It has a completely Chinese avionics suite that is much better than the original Russian avionics. Also it uses the Chinese WS10 engine. The AL-31F was used in the prototypes and early production models but the WS10 is now the standard engine.

    The J-11BS was rumored initially to be a Chinese copy of the Su-30MKK/MK2 however it is not believed to simply be a two-seater version of the J-11B with no change in avionics or systems. It’s primary goal will be for training J-11 pilots though it is likely fully combat capable.

    Now there is a strike version of the J-11 somewhat similar to the Su-30MK2 or F-15E but it’s supposed designation changes seemingly ever week so who knows.

    This is the “confirmed” designations as of yet, hope this helps!

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