In China, the PLA Air Force held exercises, during which the YJ-83 anti-ship missile was launched from the J-16 fighter. This is reportedly the first demonstration of the capabilities of the Chinese counterpart of the Russian Su-30.
The first images of a PLA Air Force J-16 fighter armed with a YJ-83K anti-ship missile appeared early last year. As the Jane's portal wrote then, the Chinese fighter received new capabilities to combat enemy ships. However, the information was limited to this, since there was no video of practical launches of the YJ-83K. Now there is evidence on the Web that this anti-ship missile can be used by J-16 fighters.
J-16 fighters not only provide air protection for PLA naval ships, but are also capable of attacking large surface ships such as enemy aircraft carriers.
- stated the Chinese edition Sina Military
The Shenyang J-16 fighter has been produced by the Chinese corporation Shenyang Aircraft since 2012. The aircraft is an almost complete copy of the Russian Su-30MKK with a Chinese guidance system, AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar with AFAR, a system for detecting and tracking multiple targets and electronic warfare. In addition, the aircraft received Chinese engines and weapons.
The YJ-83 (C-803) anti-ship missile was first shown in 1999. The range of destruction is declared at 180 km, aviation version - up to 250 km. Warhead - 185 kg. An anti-jamming radar seeker with a wide scanning field is installed on the anti-ship missile. On the cruising section, along with the inertial system, satellite navigation is used, and the flight altitude is controlled by a laser altimeter. In the final phase of the flight, the rocket speed increases to supersonic. Data taken from Chinese sources.