U.S. media said the Chinese JH-7 is developing electronic warfare aircraft (Figure)
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LONDON June 25 news: According to the U.S. Strategic News reported that China is the JH-7 fighter-bombers based on the development of a performance similar to the EA-6B electronic warfare aircraft. Military experts believe that perhaps contributed to the plan to restore the Chinese JH-7 production of the main reasons.
JH-7 entered service 10 years ago, but only produced 100 or so will be discontinued. The reason why stop its production, mainly subject to the equipment of the British Sprey 202 engines – because the Western embargo, which supply in the late 1980s all the stops. However, the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce continues to export to China a few engines and provided technical assistance. Though China tried to Sprey 202 for imitation, but suffered a huge technical difficulties.
Although China has been trying to produce in line with Western standards of military aircraft engines, but so far, China’s WS-9 on the possibility of engine thrust and the West are only about the level of the 1980s, and France М53-Р2 very similar.
latest news shows, has been part of the JH-7 is fitted with electronic warfare pods, and successfully completed the test. However, the current interior of the aircraft avionics modification is unclear.
course, the JH-7′s general characteristics, it is very suitable to be converted to electronic warfare aircraft. The aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight of 27 tons, equipped with two engines, bomb load capacity of up to 6.5 tons, can carry large amounts of electronic warfare equipment, airborne electronic warfare as a platform.
As the Chinese Navy’s main attack aircraft equipped, JH-7 can carry up to four KD-88 missiles, is a more advanced anti-ship attack platform. According to the plan, China will produce 150 equipped with improved avionics and engines JH-7 fighter-bombers. (Compiled: Spring)