New Image Of China’s J-15D EW Carrier-Based Jet Appears On Social Media: Hint Of Serial Production? | Aviation

Some of the images of the J-15D appeared recently on State TV CCTV and Weibo. (Images via @RupprechtDeino)

The PLAN certainly needs a supersonic carrier-borne EW jet like the US’s EA-18G Growler.

The J-15D, an EW (Electronic Warfare) prototype variant of the carrier-borne J-15, was featured in an official picture of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) on its Weibo account last week. Leading Chinese military aviation researcher Andreas Rupprecht posted the photo on X, wondering whether this suggests the J-15D might be slated for serial production.

The picture showed a rear shot of the J-15D capturing only the roots of its wingspan, with crews working around it, possibly against the evening’s setting sun. “Interesting official revelation…a J-15D – maybe finally a serial aircraft – was posted today on AVIC’s official Weibo account,” Rupprecht said. (Why this is the ‘D’ variant of the J-15 will be explained subsequently).

Whether or not the J-15D goes into mass manufacturing, it is important to highlight the importance of the fighter in context of China’s burgeoning military aviation, particularly following the sea trials of its third aircraft carrier, the Fujian.


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