here's a nice shot of a YJ-8 anti-ship missile being loaded onto a JH-7
Crew: Two (1 pilot and 1 weapon operator)
Wingspan: 12.8 m
Length: 21.00 m
Height: 6.22 m
Maximum take-off weight: 27,500 kg
Internal fuel: 6,540 kg
Drop tanks: One 1,000 kg + two 600 kg; or three 1,000 kg
Maximum speed: Mach 1.69 (at 11,000 m)
Service ceiling: 16,000 m
Range: Ferry range 3,650 km, combat radius 1,650 km
The JH-7 is a two-seater, twin-engine all-weather supersonic fighter-bomber aircraft, which is similar in configurations and roles to the European
Tornado GR3 ground attack aircraft and the Russian Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber aircraft. However, the aircraft’s performance is constrained by its
underpowered WS-9/Spey Mk 202 turbofan engines. With a maximum take-off weight of 27 tonnes, the JH-7 has a maximum weapon load of only 5 tonnes, much
less than that of those Russian- or Western-made combat aircraft in the same class of weight.
The JH-7 has high-mounted wings with compound sweepback, dog tooth leading; twin turbofans, with lateral air intakes; all swept tail surface,
comprising large main fin, single small ventral fin and low set all moving tail plane; small over-wing fence at approximately two third span. Quarter
chord sweep angles approximately 45 degrees on wings and fins, 55 degrees on tail plane. The JH-7 has a tandem two-seat cockpit, with the rear seat
slightly higher than the front seat to give the weapon operator a better filed of view. Each seat has its own back-hinged canopy. The cockpit and
internal fuel tank are protected by armours.
The JH-7 is fitted with a Type 232H Eagle Eye multi-function PD fire-control radar, while the JH-7A has a more capable JL-10A PD fire-control radar
with better reliability and longer detect range. The front-seat pilot cockpit is fitted with a HK-13-03G head-up display (HUD), two black-white
multi-function displays (MFDs) and one colour MFD. The fire-control system for the YJ-8K anti-ship missile is fitted in the rear-seat (weapon
operator) cockpit. Combat data is processed by the mission computer through the Mil1553B digital databus.
Flight control systems include the KF-1 digital fly-by-wire (FBW), 8145 air-data computer, WG-5A radio altimeter, HG-563GB INS/GPS navigation system,
the Type 210 Doppler navigation system, HZX-1B stabilising system, and microwave landing assistance system.
Communications systems include HF, UHF, VHF, Type 483D data transmission/TAKAN system.
Electronic countermeasures (ECM) suite includes the Type 605B IFF; KJ-8602/RW-1045 RWR; Type 960-2 or KG-8605 (JH-7A) internal radar noise jammer;
KZ-8608 ELINT; GT-1 chaff/flare dispenser.
The JH-7 can also carries an indigenous Blue Sky low altitude navigational pod under wings. The aircraft is also seen carrying two weapon designation
pods under the air inlets. One is believed to be a Chinese copy of the Russian design which can collect the enemy radar emissions to guide the
YJ-91/Kh-31P anti-radiation missile. The other one is possibly a laser designation pod for the laser-guided bombs.