J-16D to Suppress Air Defenses Role

J-16D Electronic Warfare China Wild Weasel EW
Using the J-16/Su-30 airframe, the J-16D deletes some air to air combat gear for cramming in electronic attack equipment that includes electronic intelligence pods.

J-16D Electronic Warfare China Wild Weasel EW
The J-16D's wingtips have built in electronic intelligence pods, which intercept enemy electronic signals like radar transmissions, for processing in the fighter's computers, which then tell the J-16D's jammers how to scramble, confuse and block enemy usage of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The J-16D is a J-16/Su-30 multi-role fighter optimized for "Wild Weasel" missions. Starting in the Vietnam War, Wild Weasels are fighters designed to take on surface-to-air missile batteries in a SEAD (Supression of Enemy Air Defense) role. Armed with anti-radiation missiles (which lock on and target radars by their electronic emissions) and electronic intelligence and electronic warfare jammers, they are designed to engage and suppress defenses, opening the way for traditional air attacks. Popular Science

J-16D Electronic Warfare China Wild Weasel EW
Andreas Rupprecht
Electronic Flanker
Compared to the baseline J-16, the J-16D has removed its Infrared Search Tracking sensor and 30mm cannon to accommodate more electronics inside its fuselage. It also has several antennas mounted around its fuselage. The J-16D also two large ELINT pods on its wingtips, similar to those on the E/A-18 Growler, to collect enemy radar and electronic activity. Additionally, the J-16D has smaller radome, likely to include an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar optimized for electronic warfare, including signals collection and jamming. The J-16D will be fitted with large AESA jamming pods, a development of current jammers on JH-7A attack aircraft; its attack ability will come from YJ-91, LD-10 and other anti-radiation missiles.

JH-7 China Electronic Warfare Jamming
Chinese Military Aviation
The Xian JH-7 is China's first generation twin seat strike fighter (a role now being taken over by the J-16). The JH-7 and JH-7A can carry two large electronic warfare jamming pods under their wings to jam enemy missiles and radar. The more capable J-16D will also carry such large pods (though upgraded with technology like AESA elements) as it flies alongside J-16 and other Chinese fighters.
The J-16D provides Chinese aerial operations with a fast, maneuverable and long range EW and Wild Weasel platform that can protect Chinese fighters and bombers like the J-10, J-11, J-15, J-20, J-31 and H-6K bomber. In combat operations, the J-16 would first use its jammers to disrupt the target and fire control of enemy air defenses, before firing its long range anti-radiation missiles, which are equally deadly against both mobile and fixed air defenses. As a fighter, it can still take part in aerial combat in self defense and to protect other aircraft against enemy fighters.

CM-102 China anti-radiation missile
Sinodefence Forum
The CM-102 anti-radiation missile, first seen here at the 2014 Zhuhai Air Show, is a supersonic, 100km range air launched missile with an anti-radiation warhead that homes in on the electronic activity of enemy transmitters like radars. The CM-102 is one of the many attack options for the J-16 to destroy enemy radars and other electronic equipment as part of its Wild Weasel mission. Popular Science

Y-12F, advanced turboprop aircraft
Y-12F, Advanced Turboprop Aircraft Type Certified
The Y-12F, advanced turboprop aircraft developed by the Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) has been awarded type certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
The aircraft can be used for various civil and military applications such as freight and passenger transportation, maritime surveillance, airdrops of personnel and goods, reconnaissance, geological prospecting and medical services, an AVIC statement said today.
Compared to its competing aircraft around the world, the Y-12F boasts advantages in payload, travel distance, speed and comprehensive effectiveness.
The aircraft’s advantages reside not only in having larger cabin volume and payload, higher speed, longer travel distance, strong single-engine capabilities and good high altitude adaptation, but also in its top performance in the ton kilometer/hour operation cost indicator, which is 1.5 to 2 times superior to its competitors, the statement claimed.


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