|First flight on.||5th of July, 1969.|
|Retired on.||No, it is still in use.|
|Major contractor(s).||Shenyang Aircraft Corporation.|
|Dose it use nukes or cruse missiles.||No.|
|Fight ceiling.||3,280 ft+.|
|Top speed.||Mach 2.4+ estimate, but banned from more than Mach 2.2 for limited bursts.|
|Range.||Combat radius: with 5 min Combat : 540 nm (1,000 km) (incl 5 min combat (Air to ground) : 486 nm (900 km))|
|Class.||High speed and altitude multi-role fighter and interceptor.|
|Rate of climb.||13,440 m/min( M 0.9, alt : 1,000 m (3,280 ft) (44,094 ft/min (M 0.9, alt : 1,000 m (3,280 ft)).|
|Links.||http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/aircraft/types/shenyang-j-8-finback.htm, http://wikinfo.org/w/index.php/Shenyang_J-8, http://aircraft.wikia.com/wiki/Shenyang_J-8, https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Shenyang_J-8 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenyang_J-8.|
The J-8II series appear quite different from the original J-8, with a new forward fuselage, intake ramps with splitter plates and nose structure more reminiscent of the F-4 Phantom II or Sukhoi Su-15 to house a new, more powerful radar. J-8IIs are powered by Wopen-13A (WP-13A) engines.
It was hoped to equip the production J-8B with an American AN/APG-66(V) radar (to be dubbed the J-8C), but this proved politically impossible after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 so the indigenous Type 208A monopulse radar fire-control radar initially was used. Although the Type 208A was an improvement over the original J-8I radar, the Type 208A did not have true beyond visual range capabilities (The detection range of the Type 208 was 40 km) nor look-down/shoot-up ground attack capabilities, thereby falling short of the PLAAFs initial requirements and the redesign of the airframe. The J-8B was the early production batch of the new J-8II series. In addition to receiving a new radar, new engine and a completely redesigned noses, cockpit and intake, the J-8B also benefited from a new head-up display, integrated inertial navigation system/Global positioning satellite system and TACAN technology.