The DCS: J-8II is announced

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10 feb

During the 1980s, China’s J-7 and J-8 could no longer confront the threats of the Su-24 and Tu-22 from the north. Therefore, there was an urgent need for a fighter with medium-range interception capabilities that consequently gave birth to the J-8II. In order to install a larger radar, the nose air intake and its shock cone were replaced with an ogival radome and lateral air intakes. Benefitting from an upgraded power plant, using two WP-13B turbojet engines, the J-8II, as an interceptor, can carry medium-range air-to-air missiles and fly Mach 2.2 at 12,000 meters.

The upgraded J-8II by Grumman (a.k.a J-8PP) was fitted with APG-66(V) radar, 1553B bus, and other western devices. For the first time, the 1553 data bus concept was introduced to the Chinese aviation industry. To launch and guide Aspide/PL-11 medium-range missiles, a Chinese made continuous wave emitter was installed to work with the APG-66(V) radar. The J-8PP can perform medium-range interception against low-altitude / high-speed and high-altitude / high-speed intruders. It also has limited ground attack capability.

The DCS: J-8II module will include the flyable J-8PP and the AI J-8F.

Key features of J-8PP include:

We hope you enjoyed this preview of this fascinating new module coming to DCS.