China unveils J-11BH with WS-10 engines from southern theater

Total Tactical China unveils J 11BH with WS 10 engines from southern theater

China CCTV’s “Military Channel” reported on February 8, Beijing time, the flight training footage of the PLA Navy Air Force, and the much-watched J-11BH fighter jet appeared.

According to the report, a brigade of the PLA’s naval aviation force in the southern theater continuously launched flight training in the South China Sea for air combat, attack and defense, and low-altitude assault courses, laying a solid foundation for the force to perform combat readiness training tasks.

The protagonist of the mission is the J-11BH fighter aircraft, which is the naval model of the J-11B, a deeply localized version of the Chinese J-11 fighter aircraft, adopting Chinese domestic avionics and weapon systems, glass cockpit, changing Chinese domestic Doppler radar, and using more advanced telemetry control system.

In 2014, a J-11BH fighter jet did a beautiful “barrel roll” in the process of intercepting a U.S. P-8A anti-submarine patrol aircraft.

Total Tactical China unveils J 11BH with WS 10 engines from southern theater

It is worth noting that the J-11BH fighter on this mission is slightly different from the previous ones, its tail nozzle is distinctly silvery-white, apparently having been replaced with Chinese domestic WS-10 (Taihang) engines.

This is the first high-profile appearance of the WS-10 version of the J-11BH fighter. In the past, like the J-11B, the J-11BH was shown with Russian-made AL-31 engines. In fact, even the single-engine J-10C fighter started to change to WS-10 engine in 2021, and the dual-engine J-11BH has been expected to gradually change to Chinese national engines.

Just in terms of the J-11 fighter platform, leaving aside the J-16 fighter that used the Chinese domestic engine from the beginning and the early part of the trial version of J-11B, around 2015, the mass changeover of WS-10 engines appeared on the two-seat version of J-11BS. In recent years, more and more J-11Bs have also started to be equipped with Chinese engines.

At present, only the J-15 “flying shark” is still using Russian engines. According to some media analysis, it is believed that with the gradual maturity of the J-15T, this “Chinese fighter Russian heart” transition phenomenon will soon become a thing of the past.

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