J-4

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This page is about the Soviet-built Chinese jet fighter J-4. For other versions, see MiG-17 (Family).
J-4
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GarageImage J-4.jpg
J-4
AB RB SB
9.0 9.0 9.0
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Description

The J-4 is a rank VI Chinese jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision". It is a Chinese version of the MiG-17 and performs identically to it.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 2 000 m1 114 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude15 500 m
EngineKlimov VK-1
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight5 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,091 1,061 15500 22.2 23.2 41.2 39.1 475
Upgraded 1,128 1,114 21.2 21.5 59.9 50.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1150 450 N/A 650 450 ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 600 < 700 < 750 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Klimov VK-1 1 3,868 kg 223 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel
892 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 4,209 kg 4,625 kg 5,041 kg 5,485 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 9m fuel 20m fuel 31m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,450 kgf N/A 0.58 0.53 0.49 0.45
Optimal 2,450 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.58 0.53 0.49 0.45

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 150 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 16 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.
  • 10 mm Steel plate in the nose.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 200 → 7 170 Sl icon.png
RB12 150 → 16 754 Sl icon.png
SB22 000 → 30 337 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications287 000 Rp icon.png
842 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training280 000 Sl icon.png
Experts990 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 270 / 410 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
70 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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ns23_belt_pack
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
BD-2-48
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
41 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
ns37_belt_pack
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S5K
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ns23_new_gun
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
70 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S5M
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
70 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
n37_new_gun
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S21
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 137 mm N-37D cannon
Ammunition40 rounds
Fire rate400 shots/min
Weapon 22 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon
Ammunition160 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min

The J-4 is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm N-37D cannon, chin-mounted (40 rpg)
  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, chin-mounted (80 rpg = 160 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups4
List of setups
Setup 12 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bomb
Setup 216 x S-5K rockets
Setup 316 x S-5M rockets
Setup 42 x S-21 rockets

The J-4 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombs (500 kg total)
  • 16 x S-5K rockets
  • 16 x S-5M rockets
  • 2 x S-21 rockets

Usage in battles

The newly gained top speed performance and manoeuvrability come at a hefty price. Turn rate and low speed flexibility are reduced, due the stronger swept wing design and weight gain.

Acceleration also takes a hit, especially on take-off the predecessor will rush ahead.

As some positive characteristics traits of the MiG-15 vanish, some negative aspects also vanish. The newly designed tail enables far better control close to Mach 0.8 (it still lacks a flying tail though) and the roll rate also significantly improved. Manual limitation set the airframe at positive 8G, with the increased control the likelihood of over stressing your airframe is easy and a steady hand required in evasive manoeuvres.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Incredibly fast in a dive.
  • Excellent climb speed, almost same as the J-2
  • Very good manoeuvrability at low to medium speeds, also better manoeuvrability than its predecessor at high speed
  • Excellent energy retention, but if you turn too hard, expect to lose a few hundred km/h
  • Can safely reach a speed of 1,150 km/h when diving
  • Unless rolling and pulling up at the same time, it's hard to break your wings in turn
  • Similarities with the J-2 means the play style between the two are quite similar

Cons:

  • Roll rate is not very good
  • Guns are hard to aim and lead due to their relatively low muzzle velocity; small ammo capacity
  • Different trajectory performances between 23 mm and 37 mm; requires experience and practice to use the weapons
  • Guns tend to spark a lot (the N-37 in particular), especially with stock belts
  • Poor acceleration between 800 - 1,100 km/h
  • Doesn't do well in uptiers due to lack of air-to-air missiles, afterburner and radar
  • Engine easily overheats, throttle management necessary
  • Poor forward visibility in simulator, as a large canopy frame and the gunsight block the top and bottom

History

The usage of the designation J-4 is unclear, though most western observers claim it was applied to either the MiG-15 or MiG-17. One theory suggested that J-4 was the Chinese designation of the MiG-15bis, though this was later debunked when it was found that the J-2 was in fact a 15bis model. The most likely theory (and the one followed in-game) is that the designation was applied to imported Soviet-built MiG-17As, while license-built MiG-17Fs were designated Shenyang J-5 (F-5).

The MiG-17 was purchased and used by the PLAAF during the early Cold War era. It saw service alongside the MiG-15 during the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis, fighting against the ROCAF's F-86 Sabres. The two air forces were matched fairly evenly in terms of aircraft, perhaps with performance advantage going to the MiG-17s over the Sabres, but during the course of the conflict the Sabres were upgraded to use the AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile. This new weapon was used successfully to shoot down numerous Communist aircraft, starting its first combat experience on a good note. However, in late September 1958, a dud Sidewinder lodged itself in a MiG-17, which returned to base. The missile was successfully removed and eventually sent to the Soviet Union for reverse engineering. The result of this would be the very similar Vympel K-13 missile, entering service as the R-3S in 1962. The PLAAF would also license produce the K-13 as the PL-2 some years later, bringing the Sidewinder into service on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.

Information is sparse on the fate of the MiG-17 afterwards. They were most likely supplanted by the domestically produced Shenyang J-5 version and eventually phased out of service upon the introduction of sufficient quantities of the superior MiG-19/J-6 and J-7.

Media

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See also

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Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
Jet Fighters 
MiG-15  J-2*
MiG-17  J-4* · Shenyang F-5*
MiG-19  J-6A*
  *Licensed
See Also  Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau

China jet aircraft
Fighters  J-2 · J-4 · Shenyang F-5 · Q-5 early · Q-5A · J-6A · J-7II
Bombers  H-5
American  ␗F-84G-21-RE · ␗F-86F-30 · ␗F-86F-40 · ␗F-100A · ␗F-104A · ␗F-104G
Soviet  ␗MiG-9 · ␗MiG-9 (l)