As the title says, this is a post about what mount the JH7A should come with.（Machine translation）
As an 11.7 aircraft classified as an attack aircraft in Warthunder, the JH7A should be equipped with an excellent ground mount like the KH29 to ensure some off-zone strike capability.The solution is actually very simple: that is, directly equip the JH7A with the same KH29L and KH29T as Su39 and Su17M4, which is very realistic, because in the CCTV program about JH7A, it was clearly mentioned: "Flying Leopard can be compatible with excellent Soviet-made missiles, such as the KH29 series."As for the KD88, I’m opposed to releasing it now, for a simple reason: the KD88’s effective range of over 100 km and its extreme range of close to 200 km can make it easy for the JH7A to win the battle against all the SPAAs in the game now - you don’t even need to fly to the battlefield to launch the KD88, 100KM is close to the distance between the two airports in the air combat history mode!I expect the KD88 to be launched along with the more powerful AGM in the United States and the more advanced air defense systems in Russia, rather than hastily launched now, but with a lot of performance subtraction (just like the J-8F does not have the PL12, which is very embarrassing).
Of course, when it comes to the J-8F, I have to say that the absence of the PL11 (basic model) in the Chinese technology tree is really a big flaw! Chinese players, whether from the mainland or Taiwan, are keen to see fighter jets with Chinese characteristics shine in modern air combat. However, while players in almost every other country can enjoy the joy of air-to-air long-range missiles, there is only one aircraft from China that can fire medium-range missiles - J-8B. However, the J-8B’s poor radar performance and BR environment completely limited the use of its radar projectiles. The introduction of the J-8F did not compensate for this shortcoming (although the radar was upgraded, but the radar shells were lost). Therefore, I had a bold idea to equip the JH7A with PL11 radar bombs to make it possible to fight other aerosuperiority aircraft in the BR11.7. After all, the letter “J” in the JH-7A means “fighter” and represents the aircraft’s ability to fight at long distances. This is still in line with reality: during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, it was JH7A who was responsible for the capital’s air vigilance and air supremacy. You can rest assured that giving PL11 to JH7A will make JH7A too strong, because according to the performance of PL11 in the last J-8F test suit, it is actually an all-round strengthened and localized Aspine (Viper 1A) missile, but the range is far less than the AIM7F/M series and R27 series, and still retains the characteristics of Aspad’s explosive power, and will not be the United States. Soviet (Russian) and even Skylightning missile holders posed too much threat in their advantageous range. As for the PL8 and PL5C, it is nice to see them again, but they can only be used for self-protection when JH7A carries out bombing and attack missions represented by the letter “H”, not to defend air supremacy.
All in all, although the JH7A is not the most advanced fighter-bomber in China’s active equipment, it can no longer compare with other attack aircraft similar to its BR in each individual performance (for example, the bomb load is far less than the upcoming F111A, the number of hardpoints of precision-guided weapons is not as good as the “Tornado” series, the low-speed maneuver and air time are not as good as the A10 series, and the defense capability is not as good as the Su39, Su25T, etc.), but it is precisely because the JH7A can be competent for the work that other attack aircraft cannot do. It makes it a unique gameplay experience compared to other aircraft, which makes him worthy of being called a “fighter-bomber”.
I hope you can rationally discuss this issue, and the JH7A, as one of the first fighter-bombers to be introduced into the game, should be a good example for similar aircraft that may be introduced in the technology tree in other countries in the future!