Saturday, January 04, 2014
J-15's buddy centerline refueling store
Judging from the following public release photos of China’s Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark, such a buddy store is available to the Chinese Naval Aviators, assuming that they have mastered the mid-air refueling techniques of course. Given the fact that the J15 is based on the Russian SU-33, the Shangyang buddy store bears resemblance to the UPAZ-1A Sakhalin centerline refueling store series currently available in the international arms market.
SU-33's UPAZ-1A at play
It seems odd to be fueling at such low elevation.
Just a photo op
The refuelling takes place immediately after take offs, it’s to overcome the issue of inability of taking off with full load of armaments and fuel on STOBAR.
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