The J-15 belongs to the 4th generation of conventional shipboard aircraft, which also includes the U.S. navy's F/A-18C/D "Hornet" and F/A-18E/F "Super Hornet", the French "Rafale M", and the Russian Mig-29K which is also used by the Indian navy.
According to Zheng Wenhao, military expert of Xinhua News Agency, the J-15 has the best supersonic performance among the fighters mentioned above, and is especially strong in air control and air-to-air intercept; its low-altitude and low-speed performances are slightly inferior to those of the "Hornet" family, but are better than those of the other models.
Experts' Comparative Analysis of Performance Between J-15 and U.S. F-18
With its roots in the excellent genes of the "Flanker" family, the J-15's flight performance is relatively comprehensive. A heavy shipboard aircraft with a bare weight of about 18 tons, the J-15 is able to carry more than 9 tons of fuel internally, giving a range of over 3,000 km without the need to carry an auxiliary fuel tank. According to Zheng Wenhao, this allows it up to 12 mount points, which can all be used for a range of precision guided weapons, thereby creating high combat flexibility.
The extensive attack radius, generous bomb load, and lengthy patrol duration give the J-15 powerful single aircraft combat effectiveness.
However, according to Andrei Pinkov, chief editor of the "Kanwa Information Center", a comparison between the "Flying Shark" on the Aircraft Carrier Liaoning and the "Super Hornet" on the aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy indicates that the F/A-18E/F of the U.S. navy is more mature, and has certain advantages over the J-15.
The orientation of F/A-18E/F is a fighter attacker, so that its maneuvering is not so good as the J-15, which derives from an air control fighter. This means that the J-15 is more likely to shoot down F/A-18E/F in close combat," says Pinkov. "However, the 'Super Hornet' is able to take off with the assistance of catapult, so that its real payload is likely to exceed that of J-15, which takes off by means of ski-jump. Thus the U.S. fighter has advantages in terms of attack and combat radius."
然而，根据安德烈“汉和信息中心”主编平可夫声称，航母辽宁舰上的“飞鲨”与美军航母上的“超级大黄蜂”之间的比较表明，美国海军的F / A-18E/ F更加成熟，对J-15具有一定的优势。
The larger frame of the J-15 also reduces the number of aircraft on the aircraft carrier, and makes its radar cross-section bigger than the "Hornet", offering the advantages of stealth and first sight to the enemy.
The J-15 represents a major transition in China's Navy", says Zheng Wenhao. As China's first shipboard fighter, its capabilities in takeoff, landing and rapid combat-readiness are a major step forward.
The Drdo Guy（印度）
J15 is basically a su 33 with some what inferior EW suite from the su33 and other so many drawbacks like Radar,IRST,underpowered engines AL 31.China was willing to buy Su33 but russia denied when it came to know about su27 copy j11..and super hornets are a leap ahead from the chinese filth.If the TOT clause was not there then F18 would have won the indian MMRCA contract.
Picdelamirand-oil（法国）回复The Drdo Guy（印度）
F 18 was elimined during evaluation by the IAF, TOT clause was examined in the next step to find the L1.
Halloweene（法国）回复The Drdo Guy（印度）
Knowing personally a pilot, neither french nor american having flown both types, Rafale is more versatile and more advanced (his opinion)
Picard（克罗地亚）回复The Drdo Guy（印度）
SH doesn't come anywhere near Eurocanards when it comes to Air-to-Air and is also worse than them when it comes to AtG (Gripen C 5.300 kg max payload vs F-18E 4.500 kg max payload).
当超级大黄蜂处于空对空时，只要一遇到“欧式鸭翼”，这家伙哪儿都逃不了。当它处于空对地时也比其他的差。（鹰狮C 5.3吨的最大有效载荷VS F-18E 4.5吨的最大有效载荷）
They forgot the original Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker. How pathetic.
If you want to know how J-15 fares against F/A-18E/F, you need to find out how Su-33 fares against the
Then, add or subtract certain performance parameters of the Su-33 according to the abilities of J-15 and you'll
arrive at your answer about how it fares against Super Hornet.
I would consider multiple major aspects while comparing these two planes –
Range - Undoubtedly, J-15 holds the upper hand, thanks to the original Flanker bloodline that entails jets to have large internal fuel capacity.
Payload - J-15's usual payload will be about 14,300lbs (6500kg), approximately same as that of Su-33,while F/A-18 payload capacity, is far greater at 17,700lbs (8050kg)
But it should be remembered that J-15, being a STOBAR aircraft it has certain disadvantages in regard to payload at time of launch. J-15/Su-33 have 12 hardpoints while SH has 1 less. But all in all, F/A-18 holds the upper hand here.
有效载荷：J-15的常规有效载荷将约14,300磅（ 6500千克） ，和苏-33类似，
但是应该记住， J-15的滑跃起飞具有一定的缺点，就是起飞时的有效载荷。 J-15/Su-33有12个外挂点，而超级大黄蜂少1个 。但是这一切的一切，让F/A-18在这点占据上风。
Speed - Flanker all the way, but watch the fuel gauge because high-speed flying is going to cost a lot of fuel and thus far I haven't seen J-15 buddy-refueling with another J-15. So it's unlikely this aspect is going to play a big role as it could reduce sortie rate.
Maneuverability - J-15 wins. But F/A-18 isn't that bad either. Under most circumstances, J-15won't be able to make good use of this ability. Victory however goes to J-15 with the SH not far behind.
Agility - The F/A-18's smaller size and nimbleness is likely to give it the edge of agility in close combat. J-15 isn't bad either but it's too large & too heavy to be as nimble as SH. But the canards on J-15 make up for it to an extent, it's a good tie, with a slight edge to F/A-18.
Low Observability - F/A-18 all the way, it will always get the first look and therefore the first shot.
Radar - Raytheon's AN/APG-79 AESA holds the upper hand. It's a very capable radar & the Chinese'yet-a-prototype AESAs (which may nor may not find their way into J-15 in the near future) are nowhere near the technology offered by the US AESAs.
雷达：雷神公司的AN/APG-79有源相控阵雷达（AESA）占据上风。这是一个非常能干的雷达，使得中国的原型有源相控阵雷达（可能会也可能不会用他们自己的方式在不久的将来装在J – 15上 ）无法追上技术上来自美国有源相控阵雷达。
Sensors - Both jets can have IRST, although J-15 doesn't need to sacrifice a weapon store to mount one,so J-15 is better here. But considering the quality of US equipment vis-à-vis Chinese ones, I wouldn't bet too much on J-15's IRST. SH's version is likely to be more capable, although I'm not sure.SH holds the upper hand in almost all the other sensor departments. SH ends up with the edge.
Combat - BVR - J-15's huge RCS will and shall give away it's position to the APG-79 much earlier,SH also can take the first shot with the new AMRAAMs. So F/A-18 wins here.
Combat - WVR/Dogfighting - Leaving the abilities of AIM-9X and China's WVR missiles aside, modern day WVR combat more and more depends on who can cue their high-g missiles onto the enemy better,rather than conducting high-g maneuvers themselves to get an angle on the opponent.
I would bet all my pennies on JHMCS HMD rather than anything Chinese have to offer.
Even while evading enemy missiles, US quality of systems will allow them to hold the upper hand most of the time. So SH holds the upper hand here too.
联合头盔显示系统 头盔显示器（JHMCS HMD）并不是中国所具有的，我敢打赌上我所有的便士。
Availability - A single Nimitz-class ACC can deploy a far greater number of F-18s than the Liaoning.That means USN will have the numbers advantage as well. The extremely large size of Flanker will limit it's functioning within the space on Liaoning, and as I have learnt from @vstol jockey, this will have an effect on sortie rate as well. So SH inevitably holds the upper hand.
All in all, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is and will be a much better fighter plane than J-15 Flying Shark.
That's what I concluded.
Even with 4 tonnes of external fuel tanks, the Super Hornet can carry between 4-6 tonnes of ordinance.
F-18E max payload only 4500kg?
It says here the 11 hardpoints can carry a max of 8,050kg -
One more very important reason is that SH gets launched by CAT which does not interfere with the landing ac on angled deck but J-15 is STOBAR so while it is taking off, all other flying efforts come to an end. That will further reduce the sortie rate.
Have a look at the pix of USS Kittyhawk below. The front two CATs are free of the landing deck.
Hope this explains it better.
Lockheed Martin's SpectIR IRST sensor can be mounted on the Super Hornet's centre-line external tank. Problem is that the tank needs to stay on at all times.
The Drdo Guy（印度）回复Halloweene（法国）
I'M personally in favour of Rafael this is not because it has got the indian contract and i'm an indian who says my weapon is the best in the world like some pakistani guy's who claim that one jf17=4 mki.it's because i know the plateform and gained a lot of technicalities about Rafael through this forum's sticky thread.
The Drdo Guy（印度）回复Gessler（印度）
This again proves my ponit regarding chinese FILTH 15.wikipedia says they got the design from ukraine and applied the avionics of su27/j11.
“All in all, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is and will be a much better fighter plane than J-15 Flying Shark.”
that what we all agree with as well
Damn, why are we pitching each other up. This what Chinese thinks as mentioned in the article.
Currently, MiG-29K operated by IN holds some advantages against the J-15 but falls completely short of the SH in almost all aspects.
We need the Navalised FGFA at all costs. I have reason to believe an N-FGFA will be the most formidable carrier-borne fighter ever to have flown - definitely superior to anything Americans or Chinese could field on their carriers, like J-20/31 versions or F-35B/C.
I am waiting for a Naval FGFA as well
The Drdo Guy（印度）回复Gessler（印度）
why the indian navy has abandoned su33 in favour of mig29k as per your views because i found mig29k a bit inferior to that su33.
Gessler（印度）回复The Drdo Guy（印度）
1) Vikramaditya/Gorshkov is smaller & lighter than Kuznetsov/Liaoning. As it is Su-33 is cumbersome to operate even on those 65,000+ ton carriers, it would be unfeasible to maneuver it comfortably on Gorshkov which is smaller at 45,700 tons.
This would severely limit the no. of aircraft that can be carried by Viki at once, again depleting sortie rate & availability.
2) Sukhoi Su-33 production line was dead even by the time MiG-29K finally got selected. If you want to have Su-33, you have to pay for re-activating the production line, that would cost billions.
We could have modified Su-30MKI for carrier-based ops but then as I said, a Flanker isn't the best type of aircraft to fly from ACCs.
3) The smaller & lighter MiG-29K allows for larger number of a/c to be carried at once, and therefore allow to put bigger no. of a/c in the air at any given time than if a Su-33 was put on the same carrier.
4) MiG-29K is stealthier than Su-33/J-15.
5) MiG-29K can be upgraded with Zhuk-AE radar, new engines & enhanced RCS-reduction measures any day, but IN is content with it the way it is right now.