China began mass production shipborne fighter J-15 and plans to set up its base special purpose aircraft, reports now mil.news.sina.com.cn.
It is reported that in 2014, J-15 fighters for the first time perform the practical application of the attachment arms. Double version of the aircraft made the first flight of November 3, 2012. Also scheduled to make two more variants — EW plane and tanker aircraft.
Broadcaster «Shenchzhen TV» reported that «the next 3-5 months» will be performed first flight tanker aircraft based on the J-15. It is noted that the establishment of such aircraft is justified because the criteria in combat air refueling from a huge tanker may be unsafe or simply impossible, while tanker aircraft based fighter capable of «samooboronyatsya» and after doing puzzles will be able to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Reported that the aircraft will develop a state refills equipment development.
Create Plane EW also right because this version has much in common with a fighter, simplifies logistics service and increases combat abilities aircraft carrier group.
According to experts, the latest generation of carrier-based fighter can be adopted in 2020, before the time J-15 will be in the «focus» as a platform for the creation of new modifications.