In April 1981, a conceptual study for an all-weather
dual-role development of the J-81 was begun, under the
leadership of Gu Songfen, as the J-8 II. The most dramatic change was the discarding of the pitot-type nose
intake in favour of twin lateral air intakes to provide
both increased airflow for more powerful engines and
accommodation for a larger fire control radar. Representing
a 70% redesign of the J-81, the J-8 II was
powered by a pair of WP-13A II turbojets derived by the
Guizhou Engine Company from the WP-7 and each
having max dry and afterburning thrusts of 4350kg and 6720kg respectively. The first
of six prototypes (including two static test aircraft) was
flown on 12 June 1984. Pre-series J-8 II dual-role
fighters were delivered by SAC in 1988 with an armament
of one twin-barrel 23mm cannon and provision
for PL-3 or -4 AAMs or up to 4500kg of external
ordnance for the attack mission. Two examples
of the J-8 II were delivered to the USA early 1989 for installation
by Grumman of an upgraded avionics suite
and 55 shipsets of this suite were to have been supplied
to SAC (1991-95) for installation in new production J-8 II
fighters. In the event, this contract was terminated in
|A three-view drawing (1647 x 1013)|
| Take-off weight||14300 kg||31526 lb|
| Empty weight||9820 kg||21650 lb|
| Wingspan||9.34 m||31 ft 8 in|
| Length||21.59 m||71 ft 10 in|
| Height||5.41 m||18 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||42.20 m2||454.24 sq ft|
| Max. speed||2337 km/h||1452 mph|
| Range||2200 km||1367 miles|
|F. Tuijn, 22.12.2011|
Avro arrow was a tailless delta and twice as heavy. The resemblance to J-8II was slight indeed.
|lucas gustavo boaventura, 03.09.2011|
bem parecido com o SU-15 flagon
there appears to be that only the cockpit canopy's shape is different. Maybe the similarity is a coincidence, though.
Shenyang J-8 II
Just a brief amendment to my comment about this plane's cosmetic similarity to the Avro Arrow: here, the wings seem to be mounted lower on the fuselage than they were on the Arrow. Other than that, and the canopy's shape, can't detect any differences.
Cosmetically, at least, the Shenyang J-8 ll bears a strikingly close resemblance to Canada's Avro Arrow of the late 1950's. Based on the photo supplied at this website, there appears to be that only the cockpit canopy's shape is different. Maybe the similarity is a coincidence, though.
F-16 first flew in 1973. Is F-16 Block 52+ a new aircraft?
A 30 years old new aircraft!
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?