The Q-5 is a close support/ground attack aircraft developed from Chinese copies of the MiG-19. Work on the Q-5 began in 1958, with initial construction work of the prototype beginning in May 1960. The first flight occurred on the 4 of June 1964 and the aircraft went into production in 1970. The Q-5 retains the MiG-19's rear fuselage but introduces a internal weapons bay, side mounted intakes, conical nose and larger wings. Variants on the Q-5 include the longer ranged Q-5I which replaces the internal weapons bay with fuel, the Q-5IA which adds two additional hardpoints, the Q-5II which is equipped with a RWR, the Chinese navy Q-5's may have been fitted with a radar and equipped to carry two C-801 Anti Ship Missiles. In addition several export variants were built or planned including the A-5C which is based on the Q-5I but features some western avionics and compatibility with some western weapons, the cancelled A-5K with a Thomson-CSF laser ranger and the so far unsuccessful A-5M which features a nav-attack system similar to that used by the AMX.
Country of origin: China
Type: Ground attack aircraft
Powerplants: Two Shenyang WP6 turbojets producing 5732lb dry and 7165lb with afterburner.
Performance: Max. speed: at 36,000ft - Mach 1.2
Climb rate: 16,430-20,275ft/min
Service ceiling: 52,000ft
Range (max. internal and external fuel): 2000km (1080nm)
Empty weight: 14,054lb (6375kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 26,455lb (12,000kg)
Wingspan: 31ft 10in (9.70m)
Length: 53ft 4in (16.26m)
Height: 14ft 10in (4.52m)
Wing area: 300.9sq. ft (28.00sq. m)
Crew: pilot only
Armament: Two (fixed) Norinco Type 23 23mm cannons; 10 hardpoints for the carriage of up to 4410lb (2000kg) of ordnance including AAM's, dumb bombs, rockets and ASM's.
Operators: Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, North Korea and Pakistan.