Chinese carrier-based fighter J-15 seems ready for production. One of them was not so long ago seen during the execution and implementation of contact for new aircraft carrier landing Liaoning. Several J-15 were seen at air bases painted as combat aircraft of the Navy, and not as experienced aircraft. Today for trials produced about 20 J-15 aircraft.
Almost over the last decade, China has been developing carrier-based fighter J-15, which is a version of the deck Russian Su-27. In the Russian Federation has its own version of the deck of the aircraft, which received the title of the Su-33. At the time, Our homeland refused to sell Su-33 to China when it became clear that China is producing illegal copies of Su-27 (also known as J-11) and do not want to order the Su-33 in large quantities, but only two aircraft for their » assessment «. Eventually in 2001, the year China received Su-33 from Ukraine, unasledovshey certain number of these aircraft in the decay of Russian Union in 1991 year.
Development of the first prototype J-15 took about 2 years, and two years reverse the plane made its own first flight. Our homeland was not ecstatic about such developments. Russian aviation experts openly ridiculed the J-15, casts oscillation ability of Chinese engineers to repeat the main features of the Su-33. It remains to be seen, because the Chinese in the past have already screwed up copying Russian military technology. But the Chinese have a huge experience in the theft of foreign technology, so that the J-15 would be entirely possible at least no worse than the Su-33. Meanwhile, she has been the birthplace of our use of the Su-33 in favor of a cheap MiG-29K (which is also used by India).
33 ton Su-33 is more than 21-ton MiG-29K. Both of these aircraft are designed for use with the 65000 ton aircraft carrier deck type Kuznetsov Russian Union built in the 1980s. At the end of the war in the cool 1991 year, Kuznetsov was only near the end. Second ship of this class, Varyag, has been sold to China and was rebuilt in Liaoning. Ship smallest Gorshkov was rebuilt and sold to India (which holds that the smallest MiG-29K is more suitable for the aircraft carrier).