The number of J-16 fighters in the service of the Chinese Air Force is increasing, as an affirmation that this will be the country’s spearhead fighter if there is a conflict in the Taiwan Strait in the future. future.
In recent years, the Chinese Air Force has been equipped with J-16 heavy fighter aircraft , in increasing numbers. The Taiwan Strait is where the J-16 regularly conducts patrols, along with other Chinese fighter jets.
The J-16 is derived from the Soviet Su-27 Flanker design, and of the many variants, derived from the Flanker in service around the world, the J-16 is considered the most complex fighter in the Su-27 series. This is also the only version of Flanker (until now) using active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
In addition, the J-16 fighter also uses advanced stealth coating, modern avionics and electronic warfare systems, and PL-15 long-range missiles, self-guided by AESA radar. Currently, the J-16 fighter is the main fighter, cooperating with other fighters such as J-11, J-10, J-7 and H-6 bombers to patrol near the Taiwan border.
In addition, the J-16 also serves as a protective aircraft for other heavy aircraft that are not capable of self-defense, such as the KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft and the Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
Modern variants of all of these aircraft, which use advanced data links, are particularly valuable for operations with the KJ-500 aircraft with its very large radar and powerful power; on a mission to provide the aircraft with data to destroy the target.
The Taiwan Strait is only about 130 km wide, currently considered the hottest sea in the world, when the parties involved often take actions, causing unnecessary tension.