Air Pictorial 2002-05
??? - Out of the Shadows
A new version of the Chinese Xi’an JH-7 all-weather supersonic attack bomber has recently been revealed. Known as the JH-7A, the aircraft has acquired a third underwing pylon to carry defensive air-to-air missiles. These supplement the wingtip positions and the two inboard pylons which can carry air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles. Likely to attract export customers, the JH-7A additionally appears to have a laser designator pod under the engine intake. The FBC-1 Flying Leopard has previously been the export version of the JH-7.
China's Chengdu J-10 in prototype form armed with PL-8 AAMs, a copy of the Israeli Python 3, under the delta wings. The large gap between the tail and the engine nozzle would indicate the later installation of a vectored-thrust exhaust.
The Mach 2 J-10 has a reported take-off weight of 42,409 lb (19,227 kg).
Two distant views of J-10s, almost the only shots seen of this new fighter prior to the release of the clear picture.
Provisional three-view drawing of the Chengdu J-10 fighter. Basic dimensions include a span of 28ft 4in (8.78m) and a length of 49ft 2in (14.57m).
31 декабря 1986г.: истребитель IAI Lavi, разработанный и построенный в кооперации с авиапромышленностью США, показал великолепные данные, но программу Lavi закрыли в пользу закупки истребителей F-16C/D.
Два прототипа Lavi в полете. Самолет обладал огромным потенциалом. Если бы проект был доведен до завершения, то вряд ли машина в чем-то уступала бы одному из лучших современных легких истребителей Gripen.
The first two prototype IAI Lavi (Young Lion) multi-role fighters, B-1 flying on December 31, 1986, and B-2 on March 30, 1987. Israeli technology for the Lavi was supplied to China following cancellation of the IAI programme in August 1987.