Chengdu J-7 - Price, Specs, Photo Gallery, History - Aero Corner (2024)

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The Chengdu J-7 is a Chinese license-built version of the Russian supersonic jet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21.The aircraft was produced from 1965 to 2013 and remains in service mostly as an interceptor aircraft in various air forces, which includes the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

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  • Specifications
  • Photo Gallery
  • Description
Manufacturer:
Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group
Country:
China
Manufactured:
1965 to: 2013
ICAO:
Price:
US$2 million (1984)
  • Performance
  • Weights
  • Dimensions
Avionics:
Engine:
1x Liyang Wopen-13F afterburning turbojet,
Jet
Power:
14,500 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1200 knots
2,222 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
1,200 Nautical Miles
2,222 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
57,400 feet
Rate of Climb:
38400 feet / minute
195.07metre / second
Take Off Distance:
800 metre - 2,624.64 feet
Landing Distance:
750 metre - 2,460.60 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
9,100 Kg
20,062 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
5,480 Kg
12,081 lbs
Max Payload:
3,800 Kg
8,377 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,530 gallon
5,792 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
14.88 metre - 48.82 feet
Tail height:
4.11 metre - 13.48 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.3 metre - 4.27 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
8.32 metre - 27.30 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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F934 Bangladesh Air Force F-7BG

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F934 Bangladesh Air Force F-7BG

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Bangladesh Air Force Chengdu F-7 Landing

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Bangladesh Air Force Chengdu F-7 Landing

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Bangladesh Air Force Chengdu F-7 -Landing with the Drogue Chute On

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Bangladesh Air Force Chengdu F-7 -Landing with the Drogue Chute On

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Chengdu F-7 Pakistani Air Force

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Chengdu F-7 Pakistani Air Force

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IRIAF Chengdu FT-7

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Pakistani Chengdu J-7

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Pakistani Chengdu J-7

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Albanian Air Force Chengdu F-7

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Albanian Air Force Chengdu F-7

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Myanmar Air Force Chengdu F-7

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Myanmar Air Force Chengdu F-7

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Chengdu F-7 Fighter Jet

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Chengdu F-7 Fighter Jet

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Chinese J-7I fighter at the Beijing Military Museum

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Chinese J-7I fighter at the Beijing Military Museum

credit: Max Smith

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The Chengdu J-7 is a single-engine, lightweight fighter jet produced by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation and derived on its antecedent, the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21. The export variant of the aircraft is labeled as F-7. The aircraft was primarily built to target the needs of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). From 1993 to 2013, over 2,400 Chengdu J7s were produced. In May 2013, aircraft production ended.

The manufacturing company developed fifty-four versions of the J-7 in order to be suitable for the PLAAF. Two of the J-7 versions were built by the CAC, which included an indigenous Chinese version and an export version. Around twenty-eight domestic versions and twenty-six export versions are in service around the world.

The Chengdu J-7 was an all-weather interceptor built to conduct ground attack missions. The delta wings allow the aircraft to climb to higher altitudes and fly at supersonic speeds. It is designed with a small airframe and robust engines and it is solely good enough for point-defense because of its smaller range capabilities.

The avionics system incorporates a HUDWAC (head-up display and weapon aiming computer) supplied by GEC-Marconi and global positioning system by Garmin and a navigation and bombing system. It also features a multi-mode pulse-Doppler Super Skyranger radar that provides a full look-down/shoot-down capabilities and offers target range, range rate, and line-of-sight data to the avionics system.

The aircraft is armed with 2×30 mm Type 30-1 cannons (60 rounds per gun). It has five hardpoints in total, four below the wing, and one below the centerline fuselage. It is also equipped with a 55mm rocket pod (12 rounds) and a 90mm rocket pod (7 rounds). The aircraft is fitted with various air-to-air missiles and 50kg to 500kg of unguided bombs.

The J-7 is powered by a Liyang Wopen-13F afterburning turbojet with a maximum thrust of 9,900 lbf, and 14,600 lbf with afterburner. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 9,100 kg.

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