The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is now flying a new type of warplane that is based on the JH-7 fighter bomber, which Chinese military experts said is likely to have enhanced flight performance and firepower compared to its predecessors.

The Chinese Air Force sent multiple types of aircraft, including the JH-7AⅡ, to the Aviadarts competition in Russia under the International Army Games 2019, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday.

The JH-7AⅡ was seen during a static display at the opening ceremony of the competition, the report said.

This is the first time this designation has been made public, Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, reported on Wednesday, noting that the previous updated version of the JH-7 fighter bomber was known as the JH-7A.

The two reports did not provide details on the difference between the JH-7AⅡ and the JH-7A.

Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Thursday that while the aerodynamic design of the JH-7AⅡ does not appear to vary much from the JH-7A, the aircraft’s internal systems could have been upgraded.

The JH-7AⅡ might be equipped with a more advanced radar and avionics system, enhancing its flight performance, Wei said, noting that it can likely carry more weapons, giving it even more firepower and improved accuracy.

Participating in a competition held abroad shows the newly upgraded warplane is technically mature and available for combat duty, Wei said.

Some Chinese military observers said previously that there was not much room for improvement of the JH-7 series. Some even suggested the PLA might retire the JH-7, especially after China commissioned in recent years the new J-16 fighter jet, which can also double as a fighter bomber.

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The debut of the JH-7AⅡ broke those rumors as it appears that the JH-7 series of warplanes will remain a powerful tool in the hands of the PLA, the Weihutang report said.

 

Source: Global Times

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As all posts on the subject quote the same Weihutang report, it’s not clear if JH-7AⅡis an upgrade to JH-7A (which is already an upgrade to JH-7) or if it’s to be brand new airframes. Considering that JH-7 flies since 1988 and it’s nothing else than an improved/stretched copy of the Brit/French Jaguar, it brings us back to the end of the 60’s for the initial design, moreover, the JH-7 assembly line has been phased out in 2017. JH-7 compares to Su-24 or Tornado in its capabilities/job. Since J-16 (Su-30 copy) was introduced in 2014 and is multirole, I may… Read more »

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Looks like Su-25 knock off…

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Not at all :
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In fact, it’s a stretched copy of a Bréguet design which was built in a joint venture with BAe, the SEPECAT Jaguar.
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Just like the the Chengdu J-10 is based on the Israel IAI Lavi.
In both cases, Chinese did mods to accommodate their needs but the case for JH-7 based on the Jaguar and J-10 based on the Lavi are well known in aviation circles. The J-10 wasn’t even “spied” : the Chinese directly bought the project from Israel!