Country: China Region: Shenyang
Locale: Panjin [Panshan]
Latitude: 41° 5' 48" N Longitude: 122° 51' 18" E
Area use / Military Branches: Fighterbase
Anshan PLAAF airbase; hosting
- 1st Fighter Division fighterwing
- 1 Regiment operating J-11 Flanker B http://www.king-titanium.com/titanium-exporter/j11.jpg aircraft.
- 2 Regiment operating J-10 Dragon http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/1322/pics/30_9.jpg aircraft.
- 3 Regiment operating J-8 Finback aircraft http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/sac_j8_finback.jpg J-8D (J-8IIA or K/JJ8D) is the 1st Chinese fighter equipped with in-flight refuelling system. Except for a fixed, non-retractable IFR probe installed on starboard, This improved variant of J-8 also has upgraded avionics such as HK-13E HUD, 563B INS, JD-3II TACAN and RKL-800A integrated ECM suite, plus an upgraded fire-control radar capable of firing PL-8 IR guided AAMs. Its ground attack capability has been enhanced, with unguided bombs and rockets. J-8Ds have been in service with PLAAF and PLA Naval Aviation since 1996. However it appears that only few pilots are qualified to perform the rendezvous with H-6U tankers. There has been no evidence that PLAAF ever practiced in-flight refuelling at night. With an extended combat radius of 1,200km, these J-8Ds could strengthen PLA's ability of power projection, especially when escorting JH-7 fighter bomber over the South China Sea. Some have been upgraded with an MLS antenna installed on the vertical tailfin. Currently J-8Ds are being upgraded to J-8H. At least one J-8D was seen carrying a BM/KZ900 SIGINT pod under its belly. It can also carry BM/KG300G ECM pod for selfdefense purpose.
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