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Hunter FGA.9 PACK
General characteristics
1 personCrew
5.5 tTake-off weight
10.80 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
15 500 mCeiling
Klimov VK-1Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1150 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
37 mm N-37D cannonWeapon 1
40 roundsAmmunition
401 shots/minFire rate
2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannonWeapon 2
160 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 250 kg OFAB-250-270 bombSetup 1
16 x S-5K rocketsSetup 2
16 x S-5M rocketsSetup 3
2 x S-21 rocketsSetup 4
380 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png16 770 / 23 092/12 840 / 17 680/4 500 / 6 196Repair
280 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 200 Ge icon.pngAces
214 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
410 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet-built Chinese jet fighter J-4. For other versions, see MiG-17 (Family).


GarageImage J-4.jpg

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

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,091 1,061 15 500 22.2 23.2 41.2 39.1 475
Upgraded 1,128 1,114 21.2 21.5 59.9 50.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
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 (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

  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 16 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.
  • 10 mm Steel plate in the nose.


Offensive armament

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

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.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Compressor Offensive 23 mm BD-2-48
II New boosters Airframe Offensive 37 mm S5K
III Wings repair New 23 mm cannons S5M
IV G-suit Engine Cover New 37 mm cannons S21

Pros and cons


  • 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, its hard to break your wings in turn
  • Similarities with the J-2 means the play style between the two are quite similar


  • Roll rate is not very good, but its still better than that of the the J-2
  • 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
  • Poor acceleration in speeds 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


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.


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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*
See Also  Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau

China jet aircraft
Fighters  J-2 · J-4 · Shenyang F-5 · Q-5 early · 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)