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SHENYANG (CHENGDU) J-7 (MIG-21 FISHBED)

 

MANUFACTURED  BY:          SHENYANG AIRCRAFT CORP., PEOPLES REPUBLIC of CHINA
                           CHENGDU AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIAL CORP.
 
TYPE      -  FIGHTER
CREW      -  ONE PILOT OFFICER
ARM       -  FOUR HARD POINTS - TWO ON EACH WING, ONE BELLY HARD POINT
             TWO 30 MM CANNON 
RANGE     -  400 MILES 
WING SPAN -  23.5 FT.
LENGTH    -  45.7 FT.
HEIGHT    -  13.4 FT.
WEIGHT    -  19,580 POUNDS TAKE OFF
ENGINE    -  ONE AFTERBURNING WP7B(BM)
GUIDANCE  -  GPS SUPPLIED BY ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL/GARMIN
SPEED     -  1500 MPH OR MACH 2.1 AT ALTITUDE

 

The Chinese made J-7 is an advanced version of the formidable MiG-21 FISHBED. J-7 design improvements include a cranked-arrow wing for better low and high speed performance, two extra hard points on each wing for weapons, improved avionics and upgraded weapons systems. J-7 fighters are considered to be capable dog-fighters and can press close in air combat with the best western aircraft.

The J-7 is not the front-line fighter that the PLAAF would prefer to replace its aging fleet of J-6 FARMER jets. However, nearly 500 J-7 fighters are in service with the PLAAF and the PLAN. Both export and domestic J-7 jets are fitted with a wide variety of western avionics including a GEC-Marconi Avionics HUDWAC (head-up display and weapon aiming computer) and GARMIN GPS bombing navigation systems.