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Nanchang Q-5/A-5 FANTAN

 
MANUFACTURED  BY:          NANCHANG AIRCRAFT CORP., PEOPLES REPUBLIC of CHINA
 
TYPE      -  STRIKE BOMBER
CREW      -  ONE PILOT OFFICER
ARM       -  SIX HARD POINTS - THREE ON EACH WING 
             FOUR BELLY HARD POINTS
             4,400 POUNDS OF BOMBS AND ROCKETS
             TWO 23 MM CANNON
RANGE     -  400 MILES 
WING SPAN -  31.8 FT.
LENGTH    -  54.8 FT.
HEIGHT    -  14.8 FT.
WEIGHT    -  26,400 POUNDS TAKE OFF
ENGINE    -  TWO AFTERBURNING WP-6
GUIDANCE  -  GPS SUPPLIED BY ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL/GARMIN
             HIGH FIX RADAR/ ALR-1 LASER DESIGNATOR 
SPEED     -  700 MPH 

The Q-5 is equipped with the HIGH FIX radar and imported navigation/attack systems. The Q-5 is used mainly to assist ground forces with air strikes. This derivative of the J-6 fighter originated in 1958 as a Shenyang design but was later assigned to Nanchang. A small number of Q-5 have been modified to carry nuclear weapons. The aircraft is considered the equal to similar western strike aircraft such as the Douglas Skyhawk, and French Etendard.