Chinese Flying Leopard – JH-7
The Xian JH-7 Flying Leopard is Chinese fighter/bomber aircraft. The Air Force version of this aircraft was regarded as a tactical bomber and designated H-7, while the Navy version was viewed as a fighter-bomber and referred to as the JH-7.
By the early 1980s, after three years of intensive research of this JH-7 programme, the designers still had not reached a solution that would suit both ‘customers’ (Navy and AF). The aircraft’s powerplant was likewise undefined. Hence the MoD gradually began to downgrade the importance of the programme and could have cancelled it eventually, had not the Falklands War broken out in 1982. […]